- Botanical: Cinnamomum verum, Cinnamomum zeylanicum
- Family: Lauraceae
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BotanicalCinnamomum verum, Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Known asCinnamon, Zimt, Ceylon Zimt, Kanel
Old Useculinary; medicinal
Aromaoriental, spicy, sweet
Medicinalabdominal pain, anorexia, bronchitis, bronchitis, cholesterol lowering, circulation, colds, coughs, cramps, diabetes, diarrhea, fever, flatulence, gastrointestinal, indigestion, menstrual cramps, menopausal symptom, muscle pain, nausea, pain relief, sinusitis, sweaty feet, toothache, vomiting, stomach cramps
Heart & Circulationswollen feet
Hormone & Sexual Organsmenstrual cramps, menstrual problems, menopausal symptom
Stomach & Intestinalabdominal pain, bowel cleansing, diabetes, diarrhea, digestion, laxative, stomach pain, stomach cramps
Propertiesanalgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, expectorant, stimulant, warming
Cinnamomum verum trees are 10–15 metres (32.8–49.2 feet) tall. The leaves are ovate-oblong in shape, 7–18 cm (2.75–7.1 inches) long. The flowers, which are arranged in panicles, have a greenish color, and have a distinct odor. The fruit is a purple 1-cm drupe containing a single seed
Properties & Uses
Cinnamon bark is widely used as a spice, but also has different medicinal properties. It is considered to be astringent, antiseptic, carminative and stimulant. It was traditionally used as a remedy against colds, diarrhea and various problems of the digestive system. Recent studies suggest that consumption of Cinnamon on a daily basis could significantly lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, making it extremely helpful for patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Due to its carminative effect, it can be used in cases of nausea and flatulence. Chewing on powdered Cinnamon is said to help people with cold feet and hands. In addition, it is also recommended in cases of appetite loss and indigestion. Cinnamon essential oil has significant antioxidant and antimicrobial properties as well.
Consuming cinnamon bark in food amounts is LIKELY SAFE. Cinnamon bark is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people in amounts used for medicine. These amounts are slightly higher than amounts found in food. However, cinnamon bark is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken in large amounts. Taking cinnamon oil by mouth is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. The oil can be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes, including the stomach, intestine, and urinary tract. It can cause side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and others.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Consuming cinnamon is LIKELY SAFE when taken in food amounts during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Don’t take larger amounts of cinnamon if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Not enough is known about the safety of taking larger amounts.
Diabetes: Cinnamon might lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use cinnamon.
Surgery: Cinnamon bark can affect blood sugar levels and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking cinnamon at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
True or Ceylon Cinnamon is an evergreen tree native to South East Asia.
Cinnamaldehyde, gum, tannin, mannitol, coumarins, essential oils (aldehydes, eugenol, pinene).