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Cinnamon, How It Is Used

Updated on November 9, 2010

Getting Started

The fragrance,....the sweet and warm taste of cinnamon make it a popular spice to use during the winter months. It is, however, available and used throughout the year.

Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine. It is the brown bark of the cinnamon tree. We often refer to its dried tubular form as a stick, but quill is the correct name. .


Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known. It was mentioned in the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt not only as a beverage flavoring and medicine, but also as an embalming agent.

It was so highly treasured that it was once considered more precious than gold. Cinnamon also received attention in China, which is reflected in its mention in one of the earliest books on Chinese botanical medicine, dated around 2,700 B.C.

Roman Emperor Nero is said to have ordered a year's supply of cinnamon be burned, to show his regret for murdering his wife. At the price of gold, that is heavy remorse.......

Quick And Easy Tips

Simmer cinnamon sticks with milk and honey for a deliciously warming beverage.

Adding ground cinnamon to black beans to be used in burritos or nachos will give them a uniquely delicious taste.

Add a dash or two of cinnamon to pancake batter.

Dust your french toast with cinnamon.

Add ground cinnamon when preparing curries.

Sprinkle cinnamon over your oatmeal or yougurt.

Simmer cinnamon for a fresh and lively scent through out the house.

Add a dash to your hot tea.

 

Cinnamon as Medicine

Cinnamon improves the body's ability to utilize blood sugar. By enhancing insulin signaling, cinnamon can prevent insulin resistance

Cinnamon's essential oils also qualify it as an "anti-microbial" food, and cinnamon has been studied for its ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi.

Cinnamon helps prevent unwanted clumping of blood platelets.

Simply smelling the fragrance boosts brain activity!

Cinnamon also has antiseptic and astringent properties.

Home remedies use cinnamon to combat diarrhea and morning sickness.

Serve in the bowl or on a bed of greens.
Serve in the bowl or on a bed of greens.

Spicy Cinnamon Orange Salad

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups orange sections, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 6 small or medium oranges)

( fresh oranges are best, if you do not have them, use Mandarin oranges, well drained)

1/4 cup slivered almonds

2 1/2 tablespoons chopped pitted dates (about 4)

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation

Combine ingredients in a medium bowl, tossing to combine. Cover; chill at least 20 minutes. Garnish with additional cinnamon and and orange rind, or whipped cream.

When you are ready to serve, lay this salad on a bed of your favorite greens for an attractive presentation.

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    • onegoodwoman profile image
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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Vietnamvet68,

      Between you and thoughtforce, a few spaces above you, I am beginning to get a sweet tooth ~

      A lot of spices are used in my kitchen. I'm not a fan of prepaked mixes and sauses. Sometimes my hand is a bit too heavy.

      Thanks for coming by and making contact.

      I appreciate having you here.

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      cinnamon is one of my favorite spices I use a lot of it, in my homemade pancakes,on toast, and i love to make cinnamon rolls. This is a great and useful hub. thanks for sharring.

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Ty, Justom.

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Hi, it's cooked in and the place is a huge business called Skyline Chili. There is also a bit of chocolate involved, it sounds weird but tastes great!

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Sa'ge,

      I am a coffee drinker, so I can

      use that tip now!

      Thanks for coming to read my hub, and thank you for the vote.

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Fetty,

      Apples in the microwave?

      That's a cool idea. Thanks for sharing

      that. My grandaughter will be with

      me for the weekend. She is almost 2

      and loves to 'cook' with me.

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Justom,

      The 'quill' was new to me also.

      Cinnamon in chilli? I will give it

      a chance. Is it cooked in or sprinkled on

      when served?

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      BDazzler

      Good to see you!

      I am that way by a lot of foods.

      Usually they are either loaded with salt

      or dripping in butter ~

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Dave Matthews,

      Thanks for dropping in.

      I appreciate your comment.

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      Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

      add a pintch to that morning coffee or tea pot. voted up. :D hugs :D

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Hi Thoughtforce,

      Thanks for coming by.

      I like cinnamon too, though I baking is

      not my strongsuit.

      feel free to send me some cinnamonbuns :)

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      fetty 6 years ago from South Jersey

      A great memorable activity with my students was microwaving apples after we visited an apple orchard. Some students had never been near an open field let alone an orchard. My simple recipe was to core the apple but leave the skin on. Sprinkle the apple with only cinnamon and microwave for about 1minute and a half. The smell was a delight on its own. The students now treasured their finds because they were able to take as many apples as they could carry. Great hub - I love cinnamon, too!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      I use it on oatmeal every morning and where I live the chili has a hint of it too. A quill? Huh, never heard that. Good job! Peace!! Tom

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      BDazzler 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      There is something about cinnamon that when I get in the mood for, nothing else will satisfy. Great hub!

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      This is one of my most favourite spices and can be used with so many different foods either sweet or savory.

      Brother Dave.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      I love the scent of cinnamon! We use them in cinnamonbuns, puddings and desserts! I must try your recipe, sounds delicious! Thanks!

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      JRM,

      I am glad you are back to being yourself again. It's my pleasure to give you the gift of laughter!

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      Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Hmmmnn…cinnamon, a sprinkle here, a dash there and a pinch…oh you!

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Good to see you again, Giselle2323,

      It's a timeless tip, been around for a while.

      Never knowing if your reader is a novice or experienced

      in the topic, it's a good idea to throw something in for everyone. (at least that's how I think )

      I am glad you came by....when do we get another hub from you?

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Hi Fiddleman,

      I am glad it meets your interests.

      Thanks for coming by, its good to have you here.

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      giselle2323 6 years ago from Peterborough, Ontario

      My Mom taught me the cinnamon and pancake combination.

      Great article. Thank you.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Good one! Thanks for sharing.