Botanical name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Most people are familiar with the sweet but pungent taste of the oil, powder, or sticks of bark from the cinnamon tree. Cinnamon trees grow in a number of tropical areas, including parts of India, China, Madagascar, Brazil, and the Caribbean.

Used in connection with the following (refer to the individual health concern for complete information):

How does it work?

Various terpenoids found in the volatile oil are believed to account for cinnamon’s medicinal effects. Important among these compounds are eugenol and cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamaldehyde and cinnamon oil vapors are potent antifungal compounds. Cinnamon is also believed to have an antispasmodic action on the gastrointestinal tract.

Functions and Indications:

  • Used to heat the body during hypothermia and cold syndromes
  • Regenerates people who are exhausted and debilitated due to overwork, stress and illness
  • Treatment of Gastoenteritis caused by Candida, Infection and Parasites
  • Treatment of dysentery and diarrhea
  • Used neutralize the toxins of animal bite and insect stings
  • May be used to build blood in cases of Amenorrhea
  • May stop bleeding of nose, urinary tract and uterus

How much is usually taken?

  • The German Commission E monograph suggests taking 2 to 4 grams (1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon) of cinnamon powder daily.
  • A tea can be prepared from the powdered herb by boiling 1/2 U.S. teaspoon (2 to 3 grams) of the powder for 10 to 15 minutes, cooling, and then drinking.
  • No more than a few drops of essential oil should be used internally. The essential oil should only be used for a few days at a time.
  • Cinnamon tincture in the amount of 2 to 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) threeTimes per day.

Are there any side effects or precautions?

  • Some individuals develop allergies and dermatitis after exposure to cinnamon. Therefore, people who have not previously had contact with cinnamon should use only small amounts initially, and anyone with a known allergy should avoid it.
  • Chronic use of cinnamon may cause inflammation in the mouth.
  • The concentrated oil is more likely to cause side effects than the whole herb.
  • Cinnamon is not recommended for medicinal use by pregnant women at the time of writing, there were no well-known drug interactions with cinnamon.