Shellie's travels: Why do cinnamon tree roots smell like Vicks VapoRub?

Shellie's travels: Why do cinnamon tree roots smell like Vicks VapoRub?
Shellie Bailey-Shah's son, Nathan, smells the root of a cinnamon tree, which is used to make Vicks VapoRub at a spice farm in Zanzibar. Photo courtesy of Shellie's travel blog at aroundtheworldin72days.com.

A familiar face on KATU - Problem Solver Shellie Bailey-Shah - is gone for the summer. But not to worry - she'll be back and in the meantime she's sharing stories as she travels the world. Shellie is taking a three-month sabbatical to visit 11 countries in 72 days. And the best part? You can follow along on her travel blog.

In one of her recent posts, she and her boys talk about the spice farm they visited in Zanzibar. Did you know that the stuff in Vicks VapoRub comes from a cinnamon tree? The roots actually smell like Vicks! 

Shellie and her family have been planning their trip since 2011 and hope that their stories and travel advice will inspire others to plan their own journey. If you'd like to send Shellie your thoughts, ask questions or just say hi, you can submit comments here. You can also go there to sign up for email updates from her blog.