The sweet & spicy aroma of the fragrant cinnamon is hard to resist. Just think of a freshly baked apple pie or a mug of hot chocolate with cinnamon and you’ll get the drift! It’s no wonder then that this aromatic spice is popular in kitchens around the world and used in both sweet and savoury dishes. Other than its culinary use, it has also been treasured for its medicinal properties across the ages. It has been an important ingredient in the traditional medicinal practices of Ayurveda, Unani, and ancient Chinese medicine. There is a mention of the Romans using it in the treatment of ailments of the digestive and respiratory tract. It has even inspired explorers, Vasco da Gama and Columbus, to travel around the world and discover new land. The history of this fascinating spice is quite an intriguing tale in itself!
What is Wild Cinnamon?
While cinnamon is native to India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, & China, and has been cultivated for long for its myriad uses, in the forests of Meghalaya it is found growing wild. It is believed that the bark of this variety growing in the wild yields superior quality spices.
The beneficial properties of Wild Cinnamon
Wild Cinnamon gets its distinctive smell and taste from the organic compound present in its bark called cinnamaldehyde. This compound has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants (compounds that inhibit oxidation in the body – a process that can produce free radicals which damage cells- thus, antioxidants are also called free-radical scavengers). Its anti-inflammatory properties can help lower the risk of diseases and its probiotic properties may help improve gut health.
Cinnamon extract has been used for long to treat digestion related disorders. Various studies have explored the possibility that it can help with managing blood sugar and improving cholesterol as well.
Beyondarie’s potent Wild Cinnamon blends
While the beneficial properties of Wild Cinnamon is an impressive list by itself, it is also blended with other spices to create potent brews. At Beyondarie, we have explored various potent ingredients which can be blended with wild cinnamon to create delicious brews packed with wellness benefits. Some of the indigenous ingredients we use are Lakadong Turmeric, Karbi Ginger, Ashwagandha, and Black Cardamom.
Some interesting facts about the indigenous ingredients
Lakadong Turmeric has nearly 3x the curcumin content (the compound that gives turmeric its potency) than any other variety of turmeric and is only found growing in Lakadong, Meghalaya. The medicinal properties of turmeric are second to none and have been long known and employed in Ayurvedic, Unani, and other traditional healing practices over the ages. It has been used as an antacid, in a powder form to promote wound healing, as an analgesic to relieve headaches, as a stimulant to promote blood flow, and so on. It is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant , anti-carcinogenic properties and it helps boost immunity.
Karbi Ginger, a GI tagged ginger because of its superior qualities and medicinal properties, is only found in Karbi Anglong district of Assam. It is a superfood with its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Recent studies indicate that it may even be an anti-carcinogenic. Gingerols and shogaols, present in fresh and dried ginger respectively, are known to alleviate nausea and vomiting and ginger is definitely good for gut health.
Ashwagandha, commonly known as Indian Winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng, is harvested from naturally grown plants on the wild hillocks of upper Assam. It is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda used for its wide ranging health benefits. It is considered a potent regenerative tonic due to its anti-stress, anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and analgesic properties.
Black Cardamom is sourced from the remote forests in the foothills of Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh where it grows in a pristine and unpolluted environment. Owing to its medicinal properties, it has been used in Ayurvedic and Unani systems of traditional medicine. It is an analgesic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, beneficial for gastro-intestinal & respiratory issues, and useful for flushing out toxins from the body.
The Potent Blends
Wild Cinnamon Herbal Tea (with Lakadong Turmeric, Black Pepper, & Karbi Ginger) and Wild Cinnamon Herbal Latte (with Ashwagandha & Black Cardamom) are two potent blends with Wild Cinnamon as the star ingredient. They are filled with flavour and brimming with the wellness benefits that the various ingredients in the mix carry. These are awfully simple to prepare as well!
So, what are you waiting for? Brew mugs of delectable Wild Cinnamon Herbal tea or latte for yourself and your loved ones and soak in the goodness they offer. The pure & potent ingredients, the delightful aroma, and the unique flavours will leave you wanting for more. Isn’t it great that you don’t have to feel guilty because they are healthy to boot!