Cinnamon medical value and preparation help?

Thursday,June 19, 2014 @ 20:57

Question by ♥Pretty~Princess♥: Cinnamon medical value and preparation help?
What is the medical value of cinnamon? how is it prepared? please help me, i need the answer today!!

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Answer by KGJ
Preparation
Cinnamon is harvested by growing the cinnamon tree for two years and then coppicing it. The next year, about a dozen shoots will form from the roots. The shoots are then stripped of their bark, which is left to dry. Only the thin inner bark is used; the outer woody portion is removed, leaving metre-long cinnamon strips that curl into rolls on drying; each dried quill comprises strips from numerous shoots packed together. These quills are then cut into 5–10 cm lengths for sale. The cinnamon that you often add to cakes, pastries, sweets, etc. is typically ground from these quills and sold commercially for baking and cooking.

Medicinal Value
In medicine, the oil from cinnamon bark acts like other volatile oils and once had a reputation as a cure for colds. It has also been used to treat diarrhoea and other problems of the digestive system. Cinnamon is high in antioxidant activity. The essential oil of cinnamon also has antimicrobial properties, which can aid in the preservation of certain foods.

“Cinnamon” has been reported to have remarkable pharmacological effects in the treatment of type II diabetes and insulin resistance. However, the plant material used in the study was mostly from cassia and only few of them are truly from Cinnamomum zeylanicum. Cinnamon has traditionally been used to treat toothache and fight bad breath and its regular use is believed to stave off common cold and aid digestion.

Cinnamon is also used as an insect repellent. Cinnamon leaf oil has been found to be very effective in killing mosquito larvae. It is reported that regularly drinking of Cinnamomum zeylanicum tea made from the bark could be beneficial to oxidative stress related illness in humans, as the plant part contains significant antioxidant potential.

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