Cinnamon leaves are known and favoured for the wonderful flavour and aroma it gives sweet and baked foods. A very versatile plant as the leaves, bark and powder can all be used.
The leaves, scientifically known as"cinnamomum verum" is used worldwide for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
Most Common Uses of Cinnamon Leaves
The leaves are often used as flavouring when making porridge. It gives a great flavour especially to cornmeal porridge, which is very popular in Jamaica.
Cinnamon oil is made from the leaves of cinnamon which is proven to have medicinal properties. It contains "eugenol" which is a chemical compound used in medicines made for antiseptic and anesthetic uses.
The leaves are used to make a tea unsweetened or sweetened with honey mainly for weight loss purposes.
Most Common Use of Cinnamon Powder
Cinnamon powder is commonly used in cakes, buns, puddings and other baked products for added flavour.
Cinnamon powder and honey is very popularly used as medicine. A very common way to prepare it is to add honey and then make a paste. Say you are using 2 tbsp honey, you would use 1 tbsp cinnamon powder, so it is always half to one and the honey is usually more.
The paste can be used as a jam on bread or crackers. It can also be used to make a tea with the same half to one formula. Used as treatment for high cholesterol, heart diseases, weight loss, colds, indigestion, arthritis, and bladder infections.
Most Common Uses of Cinnamon Bark
Oil is also made from cinnamon bark, it has many different benefits. It is used as an ingredient in soft drinks, mouthwash, lotions, soaps, detergents and toothpaste.
It also contains antiseptic, antiviral, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. It also has the same benefits to the same diseases that the cinnamon leaves has.