Cinnamon useful properties and contraindications

August 12, 2017 17:59 | Drug Plants

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Chinese and Ceylon) (Cinnamomum cassia Blume - Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Blume)

Cinnamon Tree laurel family - is a small evergreen tree (or shrub) with leathery leaves.The bark has a rusty color and has a strong specific smell.The bark is removed with a two wood strips, dried and purified by the epidermis.Ready cinnamon has the form of sticks or ground powder.In Greek cinnamon stands for "perfect spice."Homeland cinnamon - Southeast Asia.It has long been known for two varieties of cinnamon: Ceylon and China.Chinese cinnamon was known back in the XXVII century BC and was valued very highly.After the conquest of Ceylon Galtsev best in quality Ceylon cinnamon began to oust the Chinese, and in the middle of the XVI century was worth much more expensive than the Chinese.The high cost of this spice was determined by the fact that the bark harvested from wild trees.In 1765 came the first in Ceylon cultural plantations and gradually started to meet the needs of almost all countries in the spic


Cinnamomum Ceylon reaches a height of 6-12 m. In cinnamon contains a lot of fiber, tannins, gum, gum, pectin, furfural, a small amount of fat and 2-3.5% essential oil consisting of cinnamic aldehyde and eugenol.

In many countries, it is used in canning, pickling and salting of mushrooms, watermelons, tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables as well as fruits and berries.She is a member of various spice blends.Ground cinnamon put in bakery products, biscuits, puddings, cakes, cakes, sweet pies filled with fruit, crackers, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, muffins, jellies, compotes, jams, in syrups, ice cream, mousses, jellies, jams, marmalade, sweetrice dishes, different types of fruit sauces and salads, dishes of cottage cheese.It gives a spicy taste of yogurt, Varentsov, yogurt, milk and sour soups, porridge, pancakes and so on. D.

Useful properties

Cinnamon stimulates the appetite, reduces increased motility of the intestine, reduces the formation of gas, relieves pain in the stomach and intestines.Cinnamon take with diarrhea and dyspepsia, especially at high acidity of gastric juice.This spice - excellent hemostatic agent and appoint its internal bleeding.Cinnamon has antibacterial and antiviral action.Anyone who regularly uses this spice, is not suffering from colds, does not tremble in the cold, and usually feels refreshed and energetic.Cinnamon is a part of ancient drink - was brought down, which is usually served with honey.A drink with a slice of cinnamon golden root, star anise, ginger and spine bud clove relieves mental fatigue.Cinnamon, moreover, contributes to the normalization of metabolism, but it should be consumed in small doses -not more than one pinch per serving.

peculiar, strong cinnamon flavor and a spicy sweet-bitter taste provide a wide application of this spice in cooking.As spice is combined with ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, orange peel and lemon, anise.Cinnamon is added to the grog, punch, mulled wine, coffee and cocoa.Add it to the dough: pies, cakes, apple strudel.Cinnamon - a good seasoning to dishes of fruit, especially apples, to the whipped cream, ice cream, cottage cheese.

less known use of ground cinnamon to -gusyu bird, duck, mixed with other spices for chicken cooked in a grill.A small amount of it can be added to the ham, cutlets, schnitzels before roasting.Gourmets will add a small amount of cinnamon to the boiled fish, beef and pork.It is widely used in its cuisine.

Pancakes apple-caramel

Apple peel and core, cut into small pieces or grate on a coarse grater, plastic, put in a bowl, add water and stew on low heat for 8 minutes.

Add the lemon juice, sugar, zest.Cook another 4-5 minutes on high heat, stirring every 2 minutes, or 10 minutes on low heat, until the mixture is caramel color.In the mixer for 3-4 minutes to whip milk with flour, butter and cinnamon.Add baking powder and chilled apple mixture.Continue whisking for 2-3 minutes until smooth.

Heat the pancake maker in each well put by 2 tablespoons.l.cooked dough.Bake for 1-2 minutes, then turn over and sprinkle with sugar and 1 minute to turn again for 20-30 seconds to melt the sugar.Served with whipped cream or butter.


to harm the human body does not make cinnamon.The only thing you should pay attention - this dosage.Cinnamon is useful if you use it in a limited number.Do not eat it tablespoons.But, despite his absolute benefit, cinnamon and may cause injury if it abused.This spice can be very toxic and even trigger an allergy, so do not get too carried away with it.Remember that a sense of proportion - the greatest feeling ...
should not be forgotten that the use of spices, seasonings in unlimited quantities is fraught with serious consequences.As an example, lowering blood pressure.And if a small pinch of cinnamon enhances the visual processes that contribute to the good work of the brain, then the excessively large dose can cause a total breakdown, the state of depression and severe headache.

half a teaspoon a day should go only benefit, though not all cinnamon and all.
Cinnamon is contraindicated during pregnancy because it can cause uterine contractions.

worth noting one more time.In cinnamon contains a deleterious substance called coumarin.But the best quality, Ceylon cinnamon, it is very small, 100 times smaller than the cassia (Chinese cinnamon).In high doses, coumarin harm liver, can cause headaches and hepatitis.

Eating cinnamon is contraindicated at high pressure, high body temperature, increased nervous excitability, in the elderly, as well as in the case of individual intolerance.