Arifoglu Istanbul /kinnámōmon/

This shop concept doesn’t exist in many cities, a para-pharmacy that serves homeopathic remedies including numerous spices and other selected herbs.

Waking into the shop I couldn’t help to be attracted to cinnamon, a common denominator that reaches out to most people’s sensory olfactory center, almost as quickly as garlic. Cinnamon derives from the Greek kinnámōmon has been known for many years and been used in many countries. It is mostly used as spices and according to Biblical times, it was also used for bed and perfume.

The emperor of spices, cinnamon was so highly prized that it was fit to be a gift to kings and Gods. In ancient Egypt cinnamon was used medicinally and as a flavoring for beverages, it was also used in embalming, where body cavities were filled with spiced preservatives. In the ancient world cinnamon was more precious than gold.

The smell of cinnamon as an organic compound is cinnamaldehyde, the organic compound that gives cinnamon its flavor and odor. This pale yellow viscous liquid occurs naturally in the bark of cinnamon trees and is only a little stickier than water and smells exactly like cinnamon. This compound is the main source of cinnamon oil that can be produced from distillation. If concentrated cinnamaldehyde can be harmful to your skin and is not suitable for consumption.