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If you’re looking to gain the health benefits of cinnamon, you may be wondering which form you should be investing in.
When most people think of cinnamon, they think of either the ground or the stick varieties. However, there’s actually numerous different forms available. Below, we’ll look at the various forms on offer and how they’re typically used.
Out of all of the different forms of cinnamon available, cinnamon oil is the one many people have never heard of. It contains a very high antioxidant content which makes it ideal for medical use.
Although classed as an essential oil, it is possible to digest small amounts of cinnamon oil. For example, it can be used in cooking, placed into a cup of tea, or even placed onto the toothbrush. It’s worth noting here that with any of these methods, you’re only using 1-2 drops, so it’s not something you can consume in large quantities.
It’s said to boast many health benefits including the promotion of circulation, it boosts oral health, it acts as a natural aphrodisiac and helps to maintain a healthy immune system.
Cinnamon sticks are pretty common and they can be used in a variety of ways. They’re used to add flavor to foods and drinks and they also release a beautiful aroma.
You can add them to soups, tea, rice and mulled wine for a mouth-watering flavor. Alternatively, they can also be used for non-cooking purposes such as a foot wash. Adding 2-3 cinnamon sticks into hot water is said to relieve conditions such as Athletes foot.
This is potentially the most well-known form of cinnamon and it’s most commonly used in baking. It’s also referred to as ground cinnamon, so if you see “Cinnamon powder” in one store and “Ground Cinnamon” in another, they’re basically the same thing.
Like other forms, the powder can be used for a range of other purposes including a hair mask, a bath powder and even as an ant repellent.
Finally, you’ll come across cinnamon pills. These are basically supplements, designed to give you the health benefits of cinnamon, without the overpowering taste. Compared to other varieties, they’re the easiest to digest.
As you can see, there’s lots of different forms of cinnamon out there and each has its own unique use. When choosing the right form for you, take into account what you’re using the cinnamon for and how you want to use it.