Cinnamon bark – Chinese cinnamon
Chinese Name: 肉桂 (Rou Gui)
Scientific Names: Cinnamomum aromaticum Nees / Cinnamomum cassia
Other Names used: Chinese Cinnamon, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Cochinchina Cinnamon.
Cinnamon Bark's Benefits in a Nutshell
- Facilitates digestion
- Combats feelings of general fatigue
- Helps with weight loss
- Helps relieve painful menstrual cycles and abdominal pain
- Antioxidant properties
Botany and Origins
There are many species depending on their origin: however, the two most widespread species are: Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume or C. verum Nees) and Cassia or Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia Nees or C. aromaticum Nees). These two species have virtually the same therapeutic properties. The cinnamon tree is a species of tree in the Lauraceae family.
The Lauraceae are often aromatic plants. This family groups a large number of plants that provide important essential oils such as camphor or common plants such as the avocado tree and the laurel tree.
The Lauraceae are often aromatic plants. This family groups a large number of plants that provide important essential oils such as camphor or very common plants like the avocado tree and bay tree.
It is a tree with green and persistent leaves that grows from 10 to 15 meters high. It is mainly known for its aromatic bark which is used as a spice and in medicine but also to produce essential oils used in aromatherapy.
The leaves of the Chinese cinnamon tree are alternate, oval in shape (10 to 15 cm long by 5 cm wide), leathery, with mid- and lateral veins that are sunken. Its small white or yellowish flowers give birth to red or black fleshy berries. The cinnamon tree blooms in January and the fruit ripens 6 months later.
The Chinese cinnamon tree is native to the southwest of China but is found in many tropical regions.
Cinnamon bark has been used as a spice and as a medicinal plant for millennia. As a spice, it was the origin of the development of trade between Asia, India, the Middle East and Europe.
Since antiquity, it has been associated with medicine: it was used for its preservation power in embalming rites and for its digestive properties.
Today, it is still one of the major plants in Chinese herbal medicine. It is still recommended for the treatment of digestive problems, fighting against general fatigue and unexplained and for fighting against weight gain.
Medicinal Properties of Cinnamon Bark
Category in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Herbal medicine for warming the interior of the body.
Part of the plant used in our infusions
The bark is the part of the Chinese Cinnamon Tree that we use in our infusions. It can measure 2 to 3mm in thickness. It has an orange-ochre color and a firm but brittle and irregular texture.
Benefits of Cinnamon Bark
Since antiquity, cinnamon bark has been used to stimulate appetite and improve digestion. It also helps fight against anorexia.
Fights against general fatigue
Cinnamon bark is recognized for fighting against functional asthenia. Functional asthenia is distinguished from fatigue because it is a state of exhaustion that occurs without any notion of effort and does not disappear with rest.
Helps lose weight and fights against cholesterol
Cinnamon, also nicknamed "the poor man's insulin", decreases the sugar level in the blood. Many studies tend to prove this. Some have shown that a half teaspoon of cinnamon during a meal was enough to lower the glycemic level by about 25%. According to a 2003 Pakistani study, daily cinnamon consumption for 40 days would significantly reduce triglyceride and bad cholesterol (LDL) levels.
Cinnamon is known for its anti-aging properties due to its high content of antioxidants, including tannins.