INDIA. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum burmannii) Powder, Fairtrade, Certified Organic
Cinnamon, the common and beloved spice, is also a remarkable herbal medicine. It is the bark of several tree species native to wet tropical climates, including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. C. burmanii is the Indonesian variety, also called Padang Cassia.
The plant’s volatile oils, mostly cinnamaldehyde, are the main source of its unique scent and flavor. Other components include cinnamyl alcohol, coumarin, cinnamic acid, and anthocynin. Cinnamon is a rich source of of vitamin K, calcium and iron, with moderate amounts of vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc. It inhibits molds in baked goods, and reduces blood sugar in people consuming sweet treats—no wonder it’s been so prized for so long!
Traditionally the powdered bark of C. burmanii has been used to treat nausea, flatulence, coughs and chest complaints, diarrhea, and malaria. Research has found that it possesses analgesic (pain-relieving), antibacterial, anti-diabetic, anti-fungal, antioxidant, antirheumatic, anti-thrombotic, and anti-tumor activities.
The warming, stimulating, anti-viral, and antispasmodic properties of Cinnamon make it useful in all kinds of conditions related to becoming chilled, and it’s also valued for reducing fevers. It is excellent for digestive complaints such as abdominal distention, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As with any herbal medicines, you should contact your doctor to ensure Cinnamon is right for you.