Vancouver, B.C., July 21, 2017
Cinnamon, one of the most widely available incenses and oldest spices, is used all around the world. The name ‘cinnamon’ has its origins in the Phoenician language. The ancient Egypts already used it for embalming, medicinal and flavoring purposes. Cinnamon is a spice we constantly use or consume in the form of a cinnamon bun. It is versatile -- in- and outside the kitchen. You can use it for your beauty routine, to add a little kick to your soups or desserts, or even use it for its health benefits.
But where does this awesome spice come from?
There are around 100 varieties of cinnamon, but there are only 2 varieties that are popularly used one being the Ceylon cinnamon which is produced in India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Caribbean and Brazil and the other being the Chinese cinnamon (cassia) that grows in China, Indonesia and Vietnam. Both of them have a similar fragrance and are sweet in flavour.
The cinnamon tree is an evergreen (that is, it never loses all its leaves at the same time) about 10 to 12 meters high tree with reddish bark. The leaves are oval, shiny, reddish in shoots, and scented with cinnamon oil. The cinnamon tree is allowed to grow for two years, after which the young tree trunks are repeatedly trimmed right down to ground level. The inner layer of bark is dried for use and naturally curls up into cinnamon quills. Those quills are then cut into sticks or crushed into a spice powder.
The powder often is used for the cinnamon challenge — please don’t try that at home. There are definitely other usages that make more sense.
Usage of Cinnamon?
As mentioned before, it has a lot of health benefits. Cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial, and even antiviral properties. Cinnamon has been proven to fight fungal, bacterial, and viral elements in foods, thus preventing spoilage. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can help treat certain types of pain and headaches. The thousands of years usage in medicine has proven its benefits.
Cinnamon also has beauty benefits and can be used in the household as an air freshener. Make your home smell like Christmas and Cinnamon Buns all year round with our HUSS Incense Cones .
Cinnamon — a sweet spice from a tree!
Nevertheless, try to reserve a few extra moments for yourself. So, if you go to the Christmas market - just close your eyes and discover smells like: freshly beaten spruce, roasted almonds, cotton candy that reminds you of your childhood - look into the faces of little children and realize how beautiful it can be, just to marvel and discover - without any sense of time.
Since we have just four weeks left until Christmas, we have created a weekly checklist for all those who would like to have a stress-free Pre-Christmas-Season, but still want to celebrate traditionally, such as our German friends and families. Here is your checklist for the first week, the others will follow always at the beginning of the next weeks.