Powder – Over 5% Oil Content
cinnamon comes from the bark of the Cinnamomum
loureirii cassia tree that is native to the higher, mountainous regions of
Central and Northern Vietnam. Regarded by many as the world’s most aromatic cinnamon,
this Vietnamese variety has the highest concentration of essential oils of any
cinnamon currently found in the world today. Because of the powerful amount of
aromatic oils, Vietnamese cinnamon is extremely intense and concentrated with
sweet cinnamon flavor. The oil concentration is so high that if you ignite
the branch, it will spark!
other cinnamon, Vietnamese cinnamon is surprisingly sweet and robustly spicy,
similar to that of a “red hot” candy. Often times other cinnamon is only subtly
sweet, if at all. But true Vietnamese is sweet just like candy. It is highly
prized among chefs around the world for the high level of flavor that it brings
to both baked, stewed and soup stock dishes. When cooking with it, you use only
a very small amount (depending on how fresh it is) to achieve the flavors that
you would normally need when using a larger amount of other cinnamon. The
overall flavor of Vietnamese cinnamon is similar to Chinese Tung Hing Cassia
Cinnamon, yet it still comes in second to Vietnamese Cinnamon, and usually
contains a 3 to 4% Oil Content, versus Vietnamese Cinnamon in which the rarest
and highest quality can contain upwards to 8% Oil Content.
Vietnamese Cinnamon ( Cinnamomum loureirri ) formally known as
Saigon cinnamon is a special variety that is rebounding in popularity in the
United States following a more than 20-year absence. Compared to Indonesian
types, Vietnamese cinnamon has a distinctly sweet flavor and an exceptionally
high volatile oil content. Gourmet cooks rate it as the highest quality
cinnamon in the world.
Real vs. Fake
After speaking with
the cinnamon merchants in Central Vietnam, and interviewing people who are
familiar with Vietnamese Cinnamon, we learned some fascinating facts about this
In Vietnam, REAL Vietnamese cinnamon will be sold as long (about 12″-16″)
strips of curled bark. The bark is harvested in the summer when the oil
content is at it’s highest. As the bark dries, it curls.
1. Beware!! Because of the high demand of
Vietnamese cinnamon, many merchants will “mix” in or “add” in other varieties
of inferior cinnamon.
2. TASTE it for confirmation. Just take
small nibble of the bark (that’s all it takes), chew and mix with your saliva.
Let the bark infuse and release it’s oils. You should taste the
3. Break it into chunks and infuse to your
liquid based dishes or grate cleaned bark on a microplane grater for a powdered
form. Start with just a little amount first, because of the high oil content,
it can overpower your dishes with cinnamon flavors. But is that a bad thing?
- Cinnamon Chips (broken bark
Often times, spice vendors will sell it in small chips. But again, from
what we’ve been told, cheaters will mix these with bits of other bark.
1. TASTE it for confirmation. Again,
if the taste isn’t a sweet, intense flavor kind of like a “red hot," you
are getting hosed, that's not the real deal.
2. Depending on the size of the chips that
you buy, they might be too small to grate. If that is the case, then put the
broken pieces in a food processor, grinder or microplane. The already broken
pieces can be tossed into your soups and sauces.
- Cinnamon Powder: Most times, Vietnamese cinnamon
is sold in the powder form. From local merchant rumors in the Quang Nam
Province, some companies will “blend” Vietnamese cinnamon with these other
varieties of powdered Indonesian cinnamon or just plain wood particles.
Because real Viet Cinnamon is so aromatic, no one really knows the
difference. Few have actually had the previous experience, and have
already tasted the truly PURE Vietnamese Cinnamon.
1. TASTE it for confirmation: Place a good
sized pinch in your palm and lick the powder. Is it SWEET? Like a RED HOT
candy? If it’s not sweet, then you have a blend of other varieties. It’s been
grounded down with the a different cassia variety.
2. Tourist Trap in Viet-Nam: When in
Viet-Nam, don’t settle for the powdered stuff so quickly. Since you’re in the
homeland of Vietnamese Cinnamon, ask to see the bark or to buy the bark.
Pretend like you know exactly what you are talking about, even if you
don’t. If they think you are a serious buyer, they’ll bring out the “good
stuff.” Then take a bite out of it, chew, mix with your saliva and look
for the sweetness.
has anti-inflammatory qualities that can lessen joint and muscle pain,
especially the joint pain associated with arthritis. Diabetics should know that
a recommended daily dose of this spice may be instrumental in helping regulate
blood sugar. Cinnamon can also benefit the health of your heart by improving
your circulation. Cinnamon can also improve digestive health and relieve common
stomach discomforts. Many women use a daily dose of cinnamon to relieve
discomforts associated with their menstrual cycle. If you have nasal or sinus
congestion, cinnamon may help relieve these conditions. Cinnamon may also help
kill and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, which makes this spice useful
for preventing urinary tract infections, tooth decay, gum disease, and other
bacterial problems. Cinnamon in its common form can be added to a variety of
foods you may eat regularly, such as fruit dishes, breads, pancakes, muffins,
pies, cookies, and much more. There are also a variety of cinnamon supplements
available, but these should always be discussed with your doctor before adding
them to your daily diet.
Note: Superior Herbalists choose Vietnamese
Cinnamon over other more common types of cinnamon due to the higher oil
content, as well as the stronger nature of the oil naturally present. Which
also means that this cinnamon really has some kick! So we urge you to use
responsibly and with common sense caution.
Findings By The Team Of
Researchers Led By Dr. P. Zoladz
Cinnamon boosts the activity of the brain and hence acts as a good brain tonic.
It helps in removing nervous tension and memory loss. Research at the Wheeling
Jesuit University in the US has proved that the scent of cinnamon has the
ability to boost brain activity. The team of researchers led by Dr. P. Zoladz
found that people who were administered with cinnamon improved their scored on
cognitive activities such as attentional processes, virtual recognition memory,
working memory, and visual-motor response speed.
Cinnamon helps in removing blood impurities. (It is often recommended for
Cinnamon aids in the circulation of blood due to the presence of a
blood-thinning compound in it. This blood circulation may help significantly in
removing pain. Good blood circulation also ensures oxygen supply to the body
cells leading to higher metabolic activity. (Individuals may significantly
reduce the chances of heart attack by regularly consuming cinnamon).
Due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties, it
may be effective in external as well as internal infections. It been shown to
aid in destroying germs in the gall bladder and to assist healthy immune
Cinnamon possesses documented anti inflammatory qualities. It may help in
removing the stiffness and pain of muscles and joints, and herbalists recommend
the supplementation of cinnamon to lessen the pain associated with arthritis.
It also may assist in removing headache that is caused by external cold, or
Cinnamon has a proven positive regulatory effect on blood sugar., and a
certain percentage of diabetics find it very useful, as cinnamon aids them in
using less insulin, although this is not true for all. However research has
shown that it is particularly helpful for patients suffering from type2
diabetes. Type2 diabetes patients are not always able to fully utilize their
insulin dosage properly. Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture's
Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland, studied the effect of
various food substances including cinnamon on blood sugar. They found that a
water-soluble polyphenol compound called MHCP which is extremely abundant in
cinnamon synergistically acted with insulin and helped in the better
utilization of insulin.
It is believed that the calcium and fiber present in cinnamon may provide
protection against heart diseases. Taken as a food supplement to ones diet by
including a little cinnamon in the food one eats, cinnamon may help those
suffering from coronary artery disease and high blood pressure, although this
is not an alternative to regular medical treatment from ones treating
Cinnamon has been shown to improve the health of the colon, its daily use
may reduce some risk factors to colon cancer.
Cinnamon is used in chewing gums as it is a good mouth freshener and
removes bad breath.
It has a refreshing aroma and is extensively used in making perfumes.
Cinnamon is added in many ethnic recipes. Apart from adding flavor to the
food, it also aids in digestion. Cinnamon is very effective for indigestion,
nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea and flatulence. Due to its
carminative properties, it is very helpful in removing gas from the stomach and
intestines. It also removes general acidity, and settles the stomach for many
women who are experiencing morning sickness. It is therefore often referred to
as a digestive tonic.
Cinnamon helps lessen discomfort associated with cold, flu, influenza, sore
throat and congestion.
Cinnamon is effective for many women in providing relief from menstrual
discomfort and cramping.
It is also believed that cinnamon aids in the secretion of breast milk.
Cinnamon is considered a diuretic in nature and helps in secretion and
discharge of urine thereby benefiting the urinary tract. It is also a mild
aphrodisiac, and is believed to arouse sexual desire.
Honey & Vietnamese Cinnamon Concoction, A Helpful
It has been found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon relieves the discomfort
of many ailments. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world.
Scientists today also accept honey as a very effective aid for many kinds of
disharmonies. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of
Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right
dosage as a supplement, it does not harm diabetic patients.
News, a magazine in Canada, in its issue dated 17 January,1995 has given the
following list of diseases that can be successfully managed or reduced in
severity by the combination of honey and cinnamon as researched by western
Make a paste consisting of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead
of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast.
This provides the action of reducing the cholesterol in the arteries and saves
the patient from heart attack. Also those who’ve already experienced an attack
in adopting this process daily are kept miles away from the next attack.
Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the
In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients
successfully. As one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get
clogged. Honey and cinnamon together possess the action to revitalize the
arteries and veins.
Arthritis patients may take a daily dose in the morning and evening one cup of
hot water with two spoons of honey along with one small teaspoon of cinnamon
If taken regularly, even chronic arthritis can be significantly reduced. In a
recent research Conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when
the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey
and half a teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder before breakfast that within a week, out
of the 200 people treated, 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and
within a month almost all the patients who could not walk or move around
because of arthritis began walking again without pain.
Two tablespoons of cinnamon powder with one teaspoon of honey in a glass of
lukewarm water and drink. This has the action of eliminating germs that have
collected over time in the urinary bladder.
Two tablespoons of honey with three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed with 16
ounces of tea water.
This was given to a cholesterol patient and was found to reduce the level of
cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. If taken three
times a day any chronic Cholesterol can be significantly reduced.
According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with
food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.
One tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three
days. This process will help to resolve most chronic coughs, colds, and is
beneficial to clear the sinuses.
Honey taken with cinnamon powder is beneficial to and can resolve stomach ache.
According to studies done in India and Japan, it has been revealed that if
Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder has the action of strengthening the
immune system thereby protecting the body from bacteria and viral attacks.
Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins including iron in large
amounts. Consistent use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to
fight bacteria and viral Diseases.
Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food
relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.
A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient, which
debilitates the influenza germ and can save a patient from flu.
Four Tablespoons of honey, one Tablespoon of cinnamon
powder, and three cups of water and boil to make tea. Drink 1/4 cup,
three to Four times a day. Keeps the skin fresh and soft and increases
Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste; Apply
this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm
Done daily for two weeks may restore ones natural complexion from unsightly
Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts is
beneficial to and may resolve eczema, ringworm and all types of skin
Drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water daily in the morning
one half hours before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before
If taken regularly weight reduces even in the most obese person. Also,
drinking this mixture regularly markedly inhibits cellulite to accumulate in
the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
Half a Tablespoon of honey in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon
powder. Taken daily after brushing, and again in the afternoon at about 3:00
Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is helpful to the
strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in
equal parts, become more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, a researcher,
advocates this method and further states that this should be taken when the
vitality of the body starts to decrease, and that an increase in vitality
should be noticed within a week.
First thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon
powder mixed in hot water. Breath stays fresh throughout the day.
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