One our favorite and most commonly used spices at the Keefer bar is Cinnamon. not only for the delicious sweet spice we all know and love, Cinnamon has far reaching medicinal properties that have been used in eastern medicine and western ceremony for thousands of years.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices. It was mentioned in ancient Chinese writings of at least 2700 years old and also features several times in the Bible, Moses requested that it be used in sacred anointing oil and a main component of ceremonial incense. The Egyptians imported cinnamon from China and used it not only as a medicine and food enhancer but also as an embalming agent. although it is now a staple in pantry’s and kitchens around the world, it was once considered as valuable as gold. the Romans also considered cinnamon to be just as sacred and important. It was burned at funerals and it is said that the Emperor Nero burnt a whole years supply at the funeral of his wife Poppaea.
Cinnamon was one of the first spices to be traded between Asia and Europe and the fact that Venetian merchants controlled the entire cinnamon trade in Europe fuelled other European explorers to travel afar in search of other ways of obtaining the precious spice.
Cinnamon comes from an evergreed tree grown in hot, humid climates, so its no suprise that is is native to areas of south east asia, India, China and northern parts of the middle east. it is manufactured by harvesting the inner bark of the tree and rolling into quills.
some of the common uses are:
- Cinnamon soothes stomach and digestive complaints such as indigestion, heartburn and stomach cramps.
- It is an excellent medicine for colds, congestion, temperature and flu.
- Research has shown that cinnamon is effective against fungus and yeast infections.
- used to lower fever by promoting seating.
- Cinnamon oil can be used to treat chest infections and catarrh.
- helps improve blood circulation around the body especially to the hands and feet.
- aid for weak digestion.
- It can help reduce pain caused by arthritis, rheumatism and muscle pain.
- Cinnamon is a calming herb and can reduce anxiety, depression and stress.
- help with sickness, nausea and vomiting.
- It has been proved to lower high blood pressure.
- Chewing cinnamon sticks can relieve toothache and freshen the breath.
- effective in the prevention of blood clots.
- Cinnamon has been proven to regulate blood sugar levels in people with type-2 diabetes and also to improve their response to insulin.
- Cinnamon is a good source of manganese, iron and calcium, which are all vital minerals required for a healthy body.
How we use it
Every water bottle at the Keefer is infused with cinnamon, done simply by placing a single quill in bottles before filling, we change them every few days to ensure a consistancy of flavour and freshness. Along with being a staple ingredient in our house bitters we make a straight cinnamon tincture by macerating bark in a high proof liquor for 2-3 weeks. this tincture is used in drinks such as the honey pot shot. The bark is also used as an aromatic garnish for the incredibly popular ‘Milk and Honey’.
Honey Pot Shot
2oz Jack Daniels Honey
1oz Jack daniels
3 dash Cinnamon Tincture
stir down and pour into 4 shot glasses