cinnamon, name for trees and shrubs of the genus Cinnamomum of the family Lauraceae (laurellaurel,
common name for the Lauraceae, a family of forest trees and shrubs found mainly in tropical SE Asia but also abundant in tropical America. Most have aromatic bark and foliage and are evergreen; deciduous species are usually those that extend into temperate zones.
..... Click the link for more information. family). True cinnamon spice comes from the Ceylon or Sri Lanka cinnamon (C. verum or C. zeylanicum), now cultivated in several tropical regions. It is obtained by drying the central part of the bark and is marketed as stick cinnamon or in powdered form. The waste and other parts are used for oil of cinnamon, a medicine and flavoring. Cassia or Chinese cinnamon (C. cassia) was used in China long before true cinnamon. Though considered an inferior substitute for true cinnamon, the spice and oil derived from its bark and that of the related Saigon cinnamon (C. loureiroi) are more commonly sold as cinnamon than spice derived from C. verum bark, which is more delicately flavored. Cinnamon and cassia (often confused) have been favorite spices since biblical times, used also as perfume and incense. Cinnamon is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information. , class Magnoliopsida, order Magnoliales, family Lauraceae.
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Grows to 50ft (15m) The inner barkConsidered by many cultures to have aphrodisiac properties. Take with anything sugary or sweet because it helps stabilize the sugar levels in the blood. It is a strong fungicide and bacteria-killer that knocks out yeasts and molds (which just happen to feed on sugar). It helps kill dangerous aflatoxins found in all breads and peanuts. These aflatoxins have been connected with liver cancer. That’s right! Eating breads and flour foods on a daily basis can lead to liver cancer. Cinnamon oils are used against HIV and herpes. Aside from killing molds, fungus and bacteria, cinnamon also stimulates circulation and stimulates other herbs to work faster. Used to relieve cramps, colic, stress, anxiety, gas, diarrhea, nosebleeds, heavy menstrual bleeding, blood cleanser, infection preventer, digestive aid, nausea, tiredness, depression, and general body pains. Inhaling oil of cinnamon can help with chest infections, colds. (then follow up with thyme). For uterine and menstrual problems, try cinnamon with blue cohosh.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
the dried bark of the branches of the cinnamon trees. It contains essential oil (1–2 percent), tannic substances, and pitch. Cinnamon is used as a spice. It is also used in medicine as an antispasmotic and tonic and in the perfume industry (cinnamon oil).
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Cinnamomum zeylanicum. An evergreen shrub of the laurel family (Lauraceae) in the order Magnoliales; a spice is made from the bark.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. a tropical Asian lauraceous tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, having aromatic yellowish-brown bark
2. Saigon cinnamon an E Asian lauraceous tree, Cinnamomum loureirii, the bark of which is used as a cordial and to relieve flatulence
3. any of several similar or related trees or their bark
4. a light yellowish brown
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