Ocotea quixos (Ishpingo), Ispinku, Flor de Canela, Eshpingo, Wild cinnamon Flower
Ocotea quixos bark and leaf, deriving from a female Ecuadorian evergreen tree, is commonly used as a spice called Ishpingo.
This spice is similar in character to cinnamon, deriving from a tree in the same family, however its actual level of cinnamaldehyde is less than 5%, compared to its cousin, at up to 50%, meaning that it is less toxic and less likely to cause skin irritations. When taken internally Ishpingo may help reduce blood sugar levels.
Its warm and spicy aroma is mentally relaxing, affecting the sacral and solar plexus chakras.
Ocotea quixos seeds have a diameter of almost 1 inch and grow in soil which is mildly acidic. It grows at an annual rate of roughly 6 inches for the first three years of its life. After flowering starts, the flowers are produced once every two years.