The most magical aroma of childhood - the smell of cinnamon rolls. Someone who likes drink coffee with cinnamon, someone is baking cookies with her. It turns out that cinnamon is not only exciting pleasure but also beneficial to health and beauty.

What is cinnamon?
It is milled into powder bark - Cinnamomum Ceylon or Chinese. The ancient Egyptians used cinnamon for 17 centuries before Christ and called its box office. Written sources of Ancient Egypt reported that Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut sent to the country of Punt expedition of five ships that subsequently returned to Egypt laden with gold, ivory and cinnamon. Preserved recipe of the ancient Egyptians, referring to 1500 BC. e., with which includes cinnamon.

In the Chinese written sources relating to 2800 BC, reported on the use of cinnamon Emperor Shen Nung-Kwan. In ancient Greece, cinnamon called "Kinnamon." In the I century BC several types of cinnamon, wrote Pliny the Elder. In Russia call cinnamon cinnamon, linking the name with brown spices.

Cinnamon - Cinnamonum zeylanicum   - Evergreen tropical tree of the laurel family. The genus Cinnamomum only about 300 species of evergreen trees and shrubs. In nature, cinnamon tree reaches a height of 15-20 meters, but in culture only 3 meters.

The leaves of cinnamon broad, oval, leathery, bright green on top shiny, with deep veins, and the bottom green with a bluish tinge, pubescent soft short hairs. This top leaves drooping on short stalks.

White-yellow flowers are small cinnamon collected in inflorescence - panicle. Fruits - dark blue berries. But cinnamon is valued for its bark, which is removed from the trees during the rainy season from May to October, then easily tear off the bark from the tree, dried her tubes or strips. Dried cinnamon bark becomes light brown.

We know two types of cinnamon: Ceylon cinnamon and Chinese. Ceylon cinnamon has a more subtle and specific flavor than Chinese cinnamon.

It is believed that the best cinnamon bark cinnamon is obtained from trees growing on the island Sri Lanka and southern India. Nowadays cinnamon is grown as in Indonesia, Madagascar and the Seychelles. 85-90% of production cinnamon accounts in Sri Lanka.

In cinnamon contains vitamin A, a lot of calcium, manganese and iron. Cinnamon is used in the manufacture of liqueurs in cooking, cosmetics, in traditional medicine and cosmetology.

The healing properties of cinnamon
In folk medicine, cinnamon is used from time immemorial, mention of the use of cinnamon for medicinal purposes is found in one of the first books on homeopathic medicine in China, relating to 2700 BC And now, treatment has become especially cinnamon fashionable. Cinnamon has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, diaphoretic, antipyretic, analgesic, expectorant, stimulant, tonic properties.

- Tea with cinnamon relieves sick with colds, viral infections, including the flu.

- Cinnamon improves supply the heart and brain with blood, improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, reduces headaches, muscle and tooth pain.

- Cinnamon prescribed for lowering blood sugar, enhance immunity, removal of the pain associated with renal and hepatic colic, constipation, diarrhea, for the prevention of cancer, rheumatism and painful menstruation.

- The use of cinnamon in food reduces weight.

- Essential oil of cinnamon is used as an antimicrobial agent against a variety of fungi, including yeast fungi - Candida.

- The aroma of cinnamon positively affects the work of the brain, improves memory, promotes concentration. To achieve the effect is enough to drip 2-3 drops in aroma lamp.

- Essential oil of cinnamon can be added to water when washing the floor.

- Cinnamon improves mood, helps to cope with indecision and nervousness, enhances sexual desire.

- And if there is cinnamon with honey for a long time will not come old age.

Cinnamon Beauty
The essential oil of cinnamon rejuvenates and tones the skin. To avoid premature aging, experts recommend 1 drop of essential oil of cinnamon added to the Cream.

- To cleanse the skin and get rid of acne
1 teaspoon of cinnamon to shift with 2 tbsp. tablespoons quality honey and apply on your face.
Wash off after 15 minutes of water with warm water, wash with water at room temperature. The course of 2-3 weeks.

- For skin rejuvenation
½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup of brew water insist, strain through several layers of cheesecloth. Use for washing and compresses to the face. If the infusion is used to compress, then the gain the effect of added 1 teaspoon of honey. Compress hold 15 minutes, wash brew green tea, and then cool water.

   - To strengthen the hair and their better growth
2 drops of essential oil of cinnamon mixed with 2 tbsp. spoons of olive oil. Rub into the scalp for 30-40 minutes before shampooing. Wash off with shampoo.

- To rejuvenate the body and raise the tone
3-4 drops of essential oil of cinnamon added to the bath. Water should not be hotter + 38C °. Duration receiving bath 15 minutes. This procedure also helps to deal with Celite. After the bath do not need to wipe.

Magee recommended to carry a pinch cinnamon powder to attract love and money.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva