Herb Spotlight: Cinnamon - Cinnamomum sp.
Cinnamon is a delicious spice used in many recipes for flavor and as a medicinal anti-inflammatory. The plant is grown primarily in Sri Lanka, when a 2 year old stem is cut at the base and dried, allowing new shoots to emerge the next growing season. It is high in Manganese and helps to maintain steady blood sugar levels in the body. Cinnamon naturally helps to keep a healthy blood thickness, which helps maintain healthy blood pressure. It helps to flush toxins from the body and helps prevent the buildup of plaque in the arteries. The flavor of cinnamon comes from the essential oil inside the cinnamon bark, but it is normally used as a dried spice when cooking. Cinnamon can be added to teas, coffee, baked goods or desserts and when ingested regularly it can decrease the risk of heart disease.