March 09, 2021 3 min read
Incense has been used for thousands of years, and each aromatic compound used to make it has specific benefits to them. We all hear about some of the most common ingredients: sandalwood, dragon’s blood, lavender, patchouli and cinnamon.
At its core, cinnamon is a spice found in the bark of certain trees like the Cinnamomum Verum. It isn’t only used in incense and aromatherapy, but it is also used as a condiment for flavoring. It gives off a spicy taste with a woody and sweet flavor and citrus hint, making it a common ingredient in many kinds of cuisine.
As incense it can help attract emotional well-being, and help stimulate and combat a depressive state of mind. Consider lighting a cinnamon scented incense stick or cone when you are at home or at work. It can also help you concentrate and feel focused.
When it comes down to being used as an aromatic ingredient, cinnamon is very popular. It has been traditionally used in many cultures and is still being used today. The difference between cinnamon as a fragrance is its sharp scent. This aromatic compound is native to Sri Lanka and its neighboring countries like India and Myanmar.
The spice itself consists of a dried bark that is brown in color and has a distinctly warm and sweet flavor. In incense, it is used for making both incense sticks and cones. It is blended together with other aromatic compounds and natural extracts mixed with essential oils to deliver its fragrance.
Because of its spicy fragrance, you can also use it to encourage and aid the process of sleeping and promoting concentration. In the past, ancient cultures used this fragrance because they believed it could clear out negative energy and believed it was associated with the natural element of fire.
You can use cinnamon incense for:
Just by itself, cinnamon has a lot of beneficial aspects. It contains an extensive list of antioxidants and can even act as a natural food preservative. Because it has medicinal properties, people have popularly used it throughout the years in various ways. It is used in manufacturing as well. Cinnamon oil is also an ingredient for certain types of toothpaste, lotions, soaps, detergents, and even cosmetics.
Cinnamon by itself can also be great because it has:
However, cinnamon does have side effects if consumed in high amounts because of a compound called coumarin. Because of this specific aspect, this spice should be consumed in small quantities.
Types of Cinnamon
There are many cinnamon types that you can choose from; we want to talk about precisely two types at first. One is called Ceylon, and the other is called Cassia. There is a critical difference between these two; Ceylon is much sweeter, whereas Cassia isn’t. There is a lot more science behind it, of course, but the other key element that makes the noticeable difference is coumarin.
The concentration of this substance in Cassia is much higher; if consumed in large portions, it can be harmful. That is why a lot of people suggest switching to Ceylon Cinnamon for consumption.
Coumarin specifically is a very fragrant substance that is common in plants. It acts as a defense mechanism for the plants against predators. However, if consumed in high amounts, it can be harmful
In total however there are four specific kinds of cinnamon, they are:
Apart from Ceylon and Cassia, we have the Korintje and Saigon. Both of them are native to Indonesia and are commonly imported to the west. Saigon however, is usually extra spicy with a sweeter taste, whereas Korintje is often mistaken for Cassia.
There are many benefits to using cinnamon incense. Hopefully, our article has helped shed some light on how vital cinnamon is as an aromatic compound and the health benefits it has by itself. If you have any questions regarding cinnamon, incense, or both, consider leaving us a comment because we want to connect with you.
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