Cinnamon is a spice, which is a part of garam masala. The aroma of cinnamon and its slight sweetness add flavor to the food. Today cinnamon is easily found all over the world and it has other uses besides spices, but in olden times cinnamon was so valuable that it was sold more expensive than silver and people also used it as currency. In fact, cinnamon is also a spice and a medicine, so in modern Ayurveda, it is said to be very beneficial.
Traveled from Sri Lanka to the whole world
There is no doubt that cinnamon originated from India’s neighboring country Sri Lanka (Ceylon). From there it reached South India and South America and West Indies. Its history starts from thousands of centuries BC. Cinnamon is actually the bark of its tree, which is brown in color and emits a delicate but strong aromatic smell. Its taste is hot-sweet. Cinnamon is mentioned in special context in the Bible. In ancient times, it was used to add flavor to a variety of foods, in addition to wine and other beverages, as well as for use in bakeries, perfumes, ointments and medicines. was. In Egypt it was used to preserve mummies. In medieval Europe, it was also used for religious ceremonies. Later it became one of the most profitable spices in the trade of the Dutch East India Company. By the way, it is also said that cinnamon traveled from China to Egypt in 2000 BC.
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Its history of cinnamon dates back to thousands of centuries BC.
Cinnamon was many times more expensive than silver
The information about how valuable cinnamon was, comes from the description of cinnamon in the Botany chapter of the book Natural History by the author Pliny the Elder, born in the Roman Empire (1st century AD). He said that cinnamon was used to make ointments, pastes and perfumes and the cost of 350 grams of cinnamon was equal to the cost of five kilograms of silver. It is said that at that time cinnamon was so valuable in many areas that wars were fought over it and it was also used as currency. It was also considered a valuable gift to kings and gods.
Not mentioned in ancient Ayurveda texts
Cinnamon is used for spice in India. It will be seen in the kitchen of every home. It is believed that in Ayurveda it was also used as a medicine, so it has been included in the diet since ancient times. By the way, it is surprising that there is no description of cinnamon in the ancient texts of Ayurveda of India. In ‘Charakasamhita’, only the characteristics of black pepper have been counted among the components of garam masala. There is no mention of any other spice or medicine. The possibility is being raised that since cinnamon is the bark of a tree, ancient Ayurvedacharyas considered it to be a common spice. But there is no doubt that cinnamon is equally as beneficial as black pepper.
Cinnamon is the bark of a tree, so ancient Ayurvedacharyas considered it to be a common spice.
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Cinnamon is also included in the suggested decoction of the Government of India
The quality of cinnamon is shown by the fact that during the Corona period, the decoction that the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India had advised to the whole country to increase immunity, included cinnamon. In modern Ayurveda, cinnamon has been described as a beneficial medicine and many diseases can be treated with its use. Apart from being beneficial in digestive system related disorders, tooth and headache, skin diseases, menstrual problems in women, loose motion can also be prevented by its consumption.
Cinnamon has been described as a beneficial medicine in modern Ayurveda, using which many diseases can be treated.
Effective in reducing many body problems
Working in Government Hospital in Mumbai Vaidyaraj Yashwant Jadhav According to, regular consumption of cinnamon reduces the potential risk of heart disease. It also lowers the level of sugar in the blood, as well as prevents obesity. Cinnamon decoction gives relief in cold, cold, sore throat, hiccups, fever. Its decoction is effective in vomiting. Grind cinnamon leaves or apply its oil on the forehead, you will get instant relief from headache. It also gives relief from the problem of flatulence. The major disadvantage of its consumption is that it contains a substance called coumarin, which can cause problems for the liver. Its excessive consumption can cause irritation and allergies in the mouth and can damage the gums. According to Vaidyaraj, more research is going on on cinnamon. It is expected that in the coming years, its qualities will shine further.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 21, 2022, 12:38 IST