Cinnamon has been known to mankind since ancient times as a spice, however its value in the kitchen ranges from anti-oxidant properties, as an aid to weight loss diets, and with flavor.
Few know that cinnamon is actually a tree bark, which when pulled out is dissected and rolled in the traditional way as we know it.
It's also not widely known that this bark has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice. A teaspoon of cinnamon has the same antioxidants as a cup of pomegranate juice or half a cup of blackberries.
An aid to lose weight
Cinnamon has a thermogenic effect, that is, it helps to raise body temperature. This excess temperature tends to be self-regulated by the body, accelerating the metabolism to counteract it, and therefore more calories are burned in the process; and consequently you lose weight.
According to other theories, cinnamon helps lower the level of glucose in the blood, which increases the level of insulin, which helps burn fat in cells; above all, in the cells of the abdomen, where fat tends to accumulate more easily, but at the same time they are more sensitive to insulin
To prepare an infusion of Cinnamon, and obtain all its benefits, it is enough with ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon in boiling water, and sweeten with a little agave honey.
The properties of cinnamon go beyond the kitchen
Cinnamon essential oil is often used in combination with other oils such as coconut oil or almond oil as a base, to combat acne and skin problems for its anti-microbial properties.
It is also used as a stimulant for hair growth.
For the lips, with a little argan oil it is an excellent moisturizer while repairing chapped lips.