An all-around, terrific spice, cinnamon can fill the house with the most amazing aroma. It’s used in all kinds of recipes from baked chicken to carrot cake to the quintessential cinnamon roll. Beyond its wonderful flavor, this spice also has some serious health benefits. One of these benefits stands out the most: Cinnamon may have the ability to help control diabetes with its blood-sugar-regulating properties. To review all the benefits, watch the 6-minute video below.

Here’s a 6-minute video on the amazing health benefits of cinnamon. Here’s a 3-minute recipe for making cinnamon chicken. Here’s a 3-minute video featuring a very cool recipe for ‘cinnamon roll’ pancakes.

FunFacts about Cinnamon: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavouring additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savoury dishes, breakfast cereals, snack foods, tea and traditional foods. The aroma and flavour of cinnamon derive from its essential oil and principal component, cinnamaldehyde, as well as numerous other constituents, including eugenol. (Source)
  • Cinnamon has been around for more than 4000 years.
  • In ancient times, cinnamon was so highly valued that it was considered a proper gift for kings and queens.
  • Cinnamon is native to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.
  • Ancient Egyptians used cinnamon as an embalming ingredient.
  • Cinnamon is an evergreen tree that has oval leaves, thick bark, and berries.
  • Here’s the process for retrieving cinnamon bark once the thick stems have been harvested, quote: The stems must be processed immediately after harvesting while the inner bark is still wet. The cut stems are processed by scraping off the outer bark, then beating the branch evenly with a hammer to loosen the inner bark, which is then pried off in long rolls. (Source)
  • Indonesia and China together produce 75% of the world’s cinnamon.
  • Ground cinnamon is a rich source of vitamin K, calcium, and iron.
  • Cinnamon produces an essential oil which accounts for its flavor.
  • Cinnamon is listed as #7 in terms of antioxidant benefit.
  • Cinnamon may aid in controlling diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels.
  • Cinnamon is one of the few spices that can be consumed directly.

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47 thoughts on “Cinnamon

  1. I’m a big fan of cinnamon! I especially like having a cinnamon stick in hot apple cider during the colder months, but I also like eating cinnamon rolls or cinnamon toast.

  2. I love cinnamon. During the Holidays I simmer cinnamon on the stove with a little orange or lemon – house smells so good. Cinnamon rolls is a tradition on Sundays in my home – yummy.

  3. I love cinnamon. Reminds of a song. LOL I appreciate it for its medicinal purposes. I love the pictures of the cinnamon roles. I unfortunately have to follow a gluten free diet and they are just not the same.

  4. Cinnamon toast, cinnamon rolls, and the list goes on. Yummy all the way around. Baking with cinnamon on cold winter’s day can make one feel warmer and cozy!

  5. I had no idea it may help with diabetes. Cinnamon has such a unique, yummy flavor and now it may be healthy, too. Thank you for the information.

  6. I have always loved the taste of cinnamon! I use it in many of my baking dishes and of course my morning toast has cinnamon and sugar. I recently learned that cinnamon helps with inflammation in the body. I suffer from arthritis in my lower spine and hands. a half teaspoon a day of this delicious spice is all I need to help alleviate some of the symptoms of my arthritis and make things a little bit easier for me. I love nature for giving me a tasty alternative to yet another pill.

    • Cathy,
      Thank you for sharing this about inflammation. I have a problem with my knees and you’ve encouraged me to give cinnamon a shot! Big thanks!

      Buckeye Arizona USA

  7. I love cinnamon. Have since I was little. Cinnamon and vanilla are my favorites. Speaking of i need to pick up some cinnamon sticks…

  8. Enjoyed all the pictures and loved the video for the Cinnamon Pancakes-yum! I love cinnamon, sometimes I cut up an apple and sprinkle cinnamon on it-so good. AZ

  9. Lovely pictures, had to look up the chicken recipe. I used to take cinnamon capsules and I love spice tea in the cooler months. I did not how it was harvested, neat. AL

  10. Cinnamon!
    Now you’re talking.

    I buy it by the boatloads at Costco.

    I use it in coffee, desserts, cinnamon &sugar toast. Also yummy on an English muffin.

    My favorite use is in French toast…yum, yum, and more yum.

  11. Who doesn’t love cinnamon? I bought a cinnamon broom and put it in the boot of my car. My car smelled like Christmas for 2 years. For my husband the smell can be overpowering so no cinnamon broom in my current car. Oh well. I like spiced cider with a cinnamon stick as well as cinnamon buns, also on my french toast, sprinkled on bread, and all sorts of things.

  12. I’m from the Buckeye state and love cinnamon. It offers a comfort smell to the home and is what Snickerdoodle cookies are rolled in along with sugar. Cinnamon helps digestion and is a warm spice that tastes good on oatmeal plus can help lower blood sugar and help you lose weight. My mom has a recipe for cinnamon rolls and we ate them right out of the oven.

  13. I adore cinnamon and did you know it’s a natural antibiotic too.

    BUT there are consequences for overdosing I discovered. It can contribute to histamine sensitivity. I used to use a teaspoon in my Oatmeal every morning for many reasons including the blood sugar lowering. While on a cruise there was a small bowl of it beside the oatmeal. I thought oh goodie my favorite. Had it every morning and while on the cruise I started itching. Over the course of a year it got progressively more intense until I was wanting to scratch my skin off all over my body and I couldn’t sleep! It was finally diagnosed by an allergist but mainstream couldn’t heal me, just damper the itch to make it liveable with a hugely modified diet and skin products. Finally found a naturopath who knew what was going on. It seems the cinnamon was the tipping point for me. I’ve got an overgrowth of bad bacteria in my gut messing up my ability to digest food and use it. It’s been an 8 month journey of VERY hard work to become healthy again. BE CAREFUL!

    • Lenna,
      Thank you so much for adding this personal-experience warning! I’m sure your story will help someone else. Kudos.

      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  14. Cinnamon and nutmeg are 2 of my favorite spices. Use cinnamon for digestive problems and found an amazing cinnamon honey in Georgia when we came back from Florida this February. They had just poured the honey in a jar with about 3 cinnamon sticks. Amazing on toast and in tea!

  15. What are the #2 picture and #14 pictures called? I need to make these! They look extra yummy! Thank you for the information. I’m going to cook more stuff with cinnamon. I want to try cinnamon chicken as well. Maine girl!

  16. Cinnamon has always been one of my favorite spices. I add it to lots of things especially in tea.
    Crawford, West Virginia is where I’m from.

  17. Cinnamon and clove are my go to spices for all kinds of things from tea to toast!

    Drea – South-central Arizona

  18. Cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors and scents! Usually my candle scent will have cinnamon in it. Oh my gosh at Christmas time the smell on it simmering on the stove with oranges and the other things!!!!! Oh Caris you threw a longing on me for Christmas. I can smell it now.☺☺ Wonderful thoughts and memories you just bought back to me.

  19. This is my all time favorite spice. It just gives me a warm feeling when I smell it’s fragrance. It reminds me of holidays.

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