Cinnamon is a spice made from the inner bark of trees scientifically known as Cinnamomum. Dating as far back as Ancient Egypt, cinnamon was regarded as a gift fit for kings, known to be a rare and valuable spice. Cinnamon is made by cutting the stems of cinnamon trees. The inner bark is then extracted and the woody parts removed. When cinnamon dries, it forms strips that curl into rolls, called cinnamon sticks. These sticks can be ground to form cinnamon powder. There are two main types of cinnamon; Ceylon cinnamon, known as “true” cinnamon, and as Cassia cinnamon. The latter is the more common spice people use today. The distinct smell and flavor of cinnamon are due to the oily part, which is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde. Scientists believe this compound is responsible for most of cinnamon’s powerful effects on supporting health and metabolism.