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Blue Lily Organics Fine Ground Ceylon Cinnamon powder is:
- 100% certified organic by Control Union
- 100% vegan and gluten-free
- Star-K Kosher Certified
- Mild, sweet and richly aromatic.
- Can be used to add flavor and color to your culinary creations.
Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), also known as “true cinnamon”, is a premium spice that’s been sought out since the times of ancient Egypt for both its medicinal properties and for culinary use. Ceylon cinnamon is not the same as the more familiar Cinnamomum cassia found in most grocery stores. Unlike cassia cinnamon, which usually originates in China or Indonesia, Ceylon cinnamon hails from Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), and is distinctly different when it comes to quality, taste, and health benefits.
Light tan with a fine texture, Ceylon cinnamon powder is highly fragrant and possesses a subtle, complex, slightly sweet taste that lacks the spicy ‘bite’ of pungent cassia cinnamon. For this reason, Ceylon cinnamon powder is more desirable when baking or cooking lighter dishes where a less-pronounced flavor is desired. Ceylon cinnamon is typically available in the form of cinnamon sticks, or cinnamon powder.
Cultivating and Harvesting Ceylon
Blue Lily Organics Ceylon cinnamon powder has been carefully cultivated in the same way for generations. When the cinnamon tree is two years old, it’s pruned down to a stump, prompting fresh shoots to sprout straight from its roots the following year. These new branches are harvested and the outer bark is removed to expose the tender inner bark, which is then loosened by beating the branch evenly with a hammer (or traditionally, a brass rod). The inner bark is peeled off and laid out to dry in long strips called “quills”. Finally, the dried quills are ground to produce Ceylon cinnamon powder.
Nutritious and Medicinal Components of Ceylon Cinnamon
Cinnamon oil is one of the most important healing components of Ceylon cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon powder contains therapeutic essential oils like cinnamaldehyde, responsible for cinnamon’s familiar aroma, and eugenol, a sweet-smelling oil with anesthetic and antiseptic properties. Ceylon cinnamon powder also provides other important nutrients including fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, and a multitude of minerals including calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium, and iodine. Ceylon cinnamon powder is also one of the best antioxidant food sources available.
Perhaps the most important reason to use Ceylon cinnamon powder is that its counterpart cassia cinnamon is a known source of coumarin, a natural yet toxic substance that’s been linked to kidney and liver concerns when consumed regularly in significant amounts. Although the FDA has banned coumarin as a food additive in the United States, it inexplicably does not regulate the amount of coumarin present in cinnamon, which is used by millions of people on a daily basis. Cassia cinnamon typically contains a whopping 3,000 mg per kilogram to as much as 10,000 mg per kilogram of this dangerous chemical compound, while Ceylon cinnamon contains only trace amounts – approximately 7 mg per kilogram.
The Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Ceylon cinnamon powder has long been touted for its health benefits, including its anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties. Some of cinnamon’s health benefits include supporting a healthy cardiovascular system and healthy glucose metabolism. Cinnamon has also been used to help soothe digestive concerns, and the stimulating scent of cinnamon alone can provide a natural mental boost.
For thousands of years, Ceylon cinnamon has been combined with another natural healer – honey. The combination of cinnamon and honey is a potent one with a long history of use in both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic (Eastern Indian) Medicine. Traditionally, honey is thought to enhance the healing properties of any spice or herb, and the synergistic blending of the essential oils in cinnamon and a special enzyme found in honey allow this special elixir to open up a whole new level of healing benefits.
The combined antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties of cinnamon and honey make the blend useful for anything from cuts and scrapes to food preservation. Some of the benefits attributed to honey and cinnamon include helping to maintain a healthy cardiovascular and immune system, soothing digestive complaints, helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels already within normal ranges, and easing minor aches and pains when applied topically. A concoction of honey and cinnamon can even been gargled as a remedy for bad breath!
Tips for Using Ceylon Cinnamon
Ceylon cinnamon powder’s mild flavor can be incorporated into nearly any recipe, from baked goods to beverages like coffee, hot chocolate, and cinnamon tea, making it a versatile spice in any kitchen. Ceylon cinnamon powder can also be consumed solely for its health benefits, either alone in cinnamon capsules or cinnamon pills for example, or in combination with honey or herbs. Ceylon cinnamon powder is a great way to add extra zest to personal care products like shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Or just breathe in its wonderful cinnamon essential oils via aromatherapy. There are countless ways to enjoy the health benefits of cinnamon.
Storing Ceylon Cinnamon
To maintain the potency of Ceylon cinnamon powder, store it in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place. The shelf life of Ceylon cinnamon powder is approximately two to three years, but refrigeration in a tightly-sealed container can extend the shelf life considerably.
Blue Lily Organics Ceylon cinnamon powder is raw, non-GMO and naturally-grown with no chemical pesticides or artificial additives. 100% USDA Certified Organic.