CINNAMON STICK USES
Cinnamon sticks can be used in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons, depending on the type of Cinnamon. Ceylon Cinnamon is the only Cinnamon variety that is soft and fragile while all other types of Cinnamon are hard and tough.
Cinnamon is primarily used for cooking. It adds great flavor and smell to baked good, Asian curries and desserts. It is one of those spices that mixes well with a variety of ingredient but especially orange and honey. It can be used whole, broken into small pieces so the aroma and flavor comes out or ground and mixed into food like cakes.
Cinnamon Use For Health Reasons
People have been using Cinnamon for health reasons for many hundreds of years.
While we think there is compelling evidence that Cinnamon works for health reasons, the FDA does not believe the evidence is sufficient. Nevertheless if you believe it will help for health reasons, then by all means have some Cinnamon everyday. Just take it in moderation. The recommenced dosage of Cinnamon according to the US Department of health, is 6 grams daily for 6 weeks or less.
Common Health Benefit Claims of Cinnamon Sticks:
Blood Sugar Control
Lowering LDL cholesterol & triglycerides
Helps with colds, sore throats & Cough
Improve memory and alertness
For a detailed explanation of the claimed Health Benefits of Cinnamon with research citations please click here
How to use Cinnamon sticks
1. Make Cinnamon Stick Tea - While you can add a stick of Cinnamon to your coffee or tea, to extract the full benefit of Cinnamon you need to slow boil it. Discover how here.
2. Add a whole stick to rice - Add the stick to rice as you boil the rice. When its cooked the rice will give off a great Cinnamon scent and flavor. It's best to use Ceylon Cinnamon, which will give it a subtle sophisticate taste. Add half teaspoon of Turmeric into the rice too. That will make the rice yellow and very appetizing.
3. Make Cinnamon essence for baking - Immerse 2 Cinnamon sticks in 3 ounces of light rum, keep it a cool dark place for two weeks, shaking it everyday. You can just add the this essence to flavor any baking or cooking recipes that calls for Cinnamon essence. Click here for cinnamon extract recipe
4. Foot Wash - Got a bad case of Athletes foot? Break 2-3 three Cinnamon sticks and put it into some warm to hot water and immerse your feet in it for 20 minutes or so. Cinnamon has powerful anti fungal properties that should get rid of your foot fungus.
5. Flavored Water - Add one Cinnamon stick to a pot of water on medium heat and bring it to a slow boil, add a slice of orange and take it to work. It's a great refreshing drink. Try this Cinnamon lime recipe for a different twist.
6. Add to Curries - A stick of Cinnamon to Asian curries adds a warmth and depth to the the dish, especially a beef or chicken curry. Click here for a wonderful array of light Sri Lankan curry recipes.
7. Powdered Cinnamon - In a spice blender, blend a few Cinnamon sticks and use it in recipes that call for Cinnamon powder. Sure you can use store bought Cinnamon powder but good cooks know store bought only delivers only 10% of the power of freshly ground Cinnamon. Besides Cinnamon sticks can be kept for a much longer time, as long as long as you keep it in a cool dark place away from sunlight.
8. Make a Face or Foot Wash - Blend some Cinnamon powder (not too fine), mix with some Olive Oil and Sugar and you have a truly powerful anti-oxidant face wash that will leave your skin nice and soft.
9. Mulled Wine - A stick of Cinnamon Cinnamon, especially Ceylon Cinnamon is an absolute must for making the perfect mulled wine. This tasty hot drink is an absolutely fantastic Christmas tradition. Click here for our mulled wine recipe with video instructions.
What is Cinnamon Oil
There are two types of Cinnamon Oil. These are Cinnamon Leaf Oil and Cinnamon Bark Oil.
Cinnamon Leaf oil is extracted by steam distilling Cinnamon leaves. Cinnamon Bark oil is extracted from steam distilling the inner bark of the Cinnamon tree.
Cinnamon Leaf Oil is much cheaper because it is easier to steam distill and the tree does not have to be cut. Generally speaking Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf has high levels of Eugenol and low levels of Cinnamaldehyde.
Cinnamon Bark Oils has a more sophisticated aroma but it is nearly 4-6 times the price because of the complexity of the steam distilling process and the huge amount of bark needed to make the oil.. Ceylon Cinnamon Bark oil has high levels of Cinnamaldehyde and low levels of Eugenol.
Eugenol and Cinnamaldehyde are chemical compounds in plants that have many beneficial properties. Cinnamaldehyde is what gives Cinnamon it's unique flavor and aroma. The more Cinnamaldehyde you have the better it smells. Because Eugenol is a hepatotoxic that may cause damage to the liver from over use, Cinnamon Leaf Oil is not generally not used for aroma therapy or perfumes.
Properties of Cinnamon Oil
Both Cinnamon Leaf Oil and Cinnamon Bark Oil have strong anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and Anti Fungal properties with an ability to kill most bacteria at less that 2% concentrations.
Studies also indicate that Cinnamon Bark oil may also have an ability to control blood sugar levels while Eugenol may have an effect on cancer cells. All these studies should be treated with caution.
However the anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and Anti Fungal properties of Cinnamon Oil, has been clearly established. Cinnamon Oil is very strong and must be diluted to less than 2% for more application. At 100% concentration it will create a burning sensation on skin and must be used with care like most essential oil.
How to Use Cinnamon Oil
Cinnamon Oil Bark is primarily used in Aroma therapy because of it's exotic scent. As a result it is also used in making expensive perfumes. It is commonly used in flavoring in tea, chewing gum, ice cream, candy, and beverages at less than 0.5% because a little bit Cinnamon Bark oils goes a long way. However home cooks should not use Cinnamon Oil for internal consumption because of the difficulty od diluting it precisely.
Cinnamon Leaf Oil is commonly used in Massage therapy to make massage oil. because it is cost effective. Like Bark oil it is also an excellent warming agent that helps to heat up the skin and increase blood circulation.
The anti bacterial properties of Cinnamon Leaf Oil also makes it an excellent natural disinfectant. It kills most bacteria, even resistant hospital bacteria at less than 2% concentration.
Cinnamon leaf oil is also a great insect repellant especially against black ants, Mosquito's and flies.
The Anti fungal properties of Cinnamon leaf oil also makes it an excellent mold and fungus killer.
11 Ways To Use Cinnamon Leaf Oil