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Scintillating Cinnamon

5th December 2014
Anthia Koullouros

updated: 25.03.15

Warm apple pies and spicy chai teas are fragrantly infused with the sweet spice called Cinnamon. It also used in savoury dishes offering sweetness and heat to Indian curries, Moroccan tangines and Oriental roast pork and duck. This exceptional and essential pantry spice can be bought as perfect scrolls or quills, small chips of bark or powder.

Cinnamon, a native of Sri Lanka, is obtained from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree. Cinnamon verum which translates to ‘true cinnamon’ is more expensive than the cassia variety and is often employed for its medicinal properties taken as a tea, in cooking or as a herbal tincture (prescribed by your Herbalist or Naturopath).

THERAPEUTIC USES:

DIGESTIVE DISORDERS

Cinnamon is warming, antispasmodic, its stimulates appetite and digestive juices it is perfectly indicated for indigestion, gas and bloating, stomach upset and diarrhoea. It is often combined with other common digestive herbs such as Dandelion root, Fennel seed, Chamomile flower and Gentian root. When combined with Wormwood and Blackwalnut it is typically used to combat parasites. Eugenol, a constituent of cinnamon oil is often found in toothpastes and mouth washes and acts as a local anaesthetic and antiseptic. Its natural sweetness is used to satisfy sweet cravings when added to teas and recipes.

RESPIRATORY DISORDERS

Cinnamon is an excellent way of helping to eliminate excess mucous and is also beneficial for fighting infections and inflammation of the respiratory tract – the simple common cold, cough and sinusitis are relieved and comforted.

MUSCULOSKELETAL & CIRCULATORY DISORDERS

Acting as a warming, circulatory stimulant it is indicated for chilblains or poor peripheral circulation leading to cold hands and feet.

SWEET RECIPES:

BANANA & CINNAMON SMOOTHIE: one cup of organic milk of choice, one frozen banana, 1 raw pastured or open range, fresh egg, one tablespoon of organic psyllium husk or chia seeds and half a teaspoon of Ovvio Organic Cinnamon Powder. For more smoothie recipes refer to page 81 in my book – I Am Food

POACHED CINNAMON APPLES & PEARS SERVED WITH YOGHURT: Simply simmer for 7 minutes, chopped fruit in a little water (just enough to cover the fruit) with half a teaspoon of Ovvio Organic Cinnamon Powder, 1 tablespoon of blanched almonds and 1 tablespoon of sulphite and sugar free currants. Serve with yoghurt. For more smoothie recipes refer to page 82 in my book – I Am Food

MEXICAN CINNAMON HOT CHOCOLATE: Add to a small pot: two cups of organic milk; one teaspoon of raw cocoa powder; a pinch of chilli powder; half a teaspoon of Ovvio Organic Vanilla Bean Powder; half a teaspoon of Ovvio Organic Cinnamon Powder and 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Whisk to combine while simmering over medium heat. Serves 2.

SPICY GINGER LATTE: Steep 1 teaspoon of Silk Road Spice Tea in 1 cup of boiled water with a spoonful of raw honey  for 5 minutes. Serve with frothed milk.

OVVIO ORGANIC TEAS WHICH CONTAIN CINNAMON:

No: 60 Nourish Aromatic Tea (tummy soothe, hug in a mug)

No: 70 D-Tox Bitters Tea (bowel and liver cleanse)

No: 24 Silk Road Spice Tea (the punchiest cinnamon and ginger flavour of all!)

No: 61 Dandy Chai Tea (caffeine free chai)

No: 4 Chai High Tea (classic chai)

No: 82 Autumn Apple Tea (as scrumptious as apple pie)

OVVIO ORGANIC HERB & SPICE BLENDS WHICH CONTAIN CINNAMON:

Fragrant Fruit Spice Blend   (poach fruit)

Oriental Herb & Spice Blend (crispy duck and pork – yum!)

All Things Nice Spice Blend (cakes, smoothies, yoghurt and French toast – yummy!)

EXPERT ADVICE:

Choose the True Cinnamon variety as it is naturally sweeter. Buy organic as non organic cinnamon is irradiated and can lose its medicinal properties.