What do you think of when you smell cinnamon? For many of us, the powerful spice’s aroma brings back memories of holidays or cozy winter nights by the fireplace. Or, maybe your grandma treated you to cinnamon rolls or toast sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.
However, cinnamon does much more than just taste and smell good. It offers many health benefits. In fact, cinnamon has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times.
Cinnamon comes from inner bark of the cinnamomum tree. Its distinctive smell and flavor is due to the oily part of the bark, which is high in a compound called cinnamaldehyde. The bark also contains other healing properties, including cinnamic acid and cinnamate.
When the bark dries, it forms strips that curl into rolls, which we call cinnamon sticks. These sticks can be ground into a spice powder, or the compounds canThis post was originally published on this site