Cinnamon

Other Names

Cassia, Kurundu, Malabathrum or malobathrum, Dalchini (Bengali), Hmanthin (Burmese), Bois de Cannelle (French), Tiqui (Konkani), Karuva (Malayalam), Kirfa (Punjabi), Kurundu (Sinhalese), Batavia Cassia, Batavia Cinnamon, Cannelier de Ceylan, Cannelle de Ceylan, Cannelle de Saïgon, Cannelle du Sri Lanka, Ceylon Cinnamon, Ceylonzimt, Ceylonzimtbaum, Cinnamomum verum, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Corteza de Canela, Dalchini, Écorce de Cannelle, Laurus cinnamomum, Madagascar Cinnamon, Padang-Cassia, Panang Cinnamon, Saigon Cassia, Saigon Cinnamon, Sri Lanka Cinnamon, Thwak, Tvak, Ceylon Zimt, Kanel, Корица, пряность, Цимет, каулин, цимит

Description

Cinnamon is a moderate sized tree that grows up to 10 meters. It has a thick and rough surface on its bark and the oval leaves are normally placed opposite each other. When the leaves are bruised, the spicy smell has a hot taste. The flowers are small and non-showy and are found arranged in panicles. The dark purple berries are only .8 mm in diameter. The bark is used for aroma and flavour with a sweet and pungent taste.

Ingredients

Energy, Carbohydrates, Sugar, Fat, Protein, Aldehyde, Resinous Compound, Ethyl Cinnamate, Ugenol, Linalool, Beta Caryophyllene, Methyl Chavicol, Cinnamaldehyde, Methylhydroxy Chalcone Polymer, Ascorbic Acid, Borneol, Kalziumoxalate, Camphor, Eugenol, Tannins, Coumarins, Limonene, Linalool, Salicylates, Mucus, Sesquiterpenes, Zinc

Collection period

June through September

Used Parts

Bark, essential oil

Uses

  • Analgesic

  • Antibacterial

  • Antispasmodic

  • Astringent

  • Bloating

  • Bronchitis

  • Cold

  • Cough

  • Diabetes

  • Diarrhea

  • Diuretic

  • Expectorant

  • Expels Gas From Stomach And Intestine

  • Fever

  • Gastric Irritation

  • Heart Failure

  • Helps With Nausea

  • Hoarseness

  • Hydrocele

  • Improves Blood Circulation

  • Kills Bacteria And Expels Worms

  • Loss Of Appetite

  • Lowers Blood Sugar Levels

  • Menopausal Symptom

  • Menstrual Cramps

  • Menstrual Weakening

  • Muscle Pain

  • Nausea

  • Neuralgic Pains

  • Severe Headache

  • Sinusitis

  • Stomach Cramps

  • Stomach Discomfort

  • Stops Bleeding And Toothache

  • Sudorific

  • Toning

  • Toothache

  • Vomiting

  • Warming

Application

Eating the bark or using it in infusion or decoction helps in taking care of gas, nausea and vomiting and also expels worms and kills bacteria. The application of powdered bark in the affected areas helps check bleeding and toothache. A paste prepared from the bark is applied locally for neuralgic pain and severe headache.

Cinnamon is a popular flavouring agent. It is widely used as a spice and is employed in cooking and goes very well with the preparation of chocolate. It is used in many desserts like apple pie, cinnamon buns and candies as well as drinks like tea, coffee and cocoa.

Cinnamon also has the potential to be a good insect repellent and cinnamon leaf oil is effective in killing mosquito larvae.

Summary

Cinnamon bark is one of the few spices that can be consumed directly. It is believed by ancient doctors to cure snakebites, common cold, freckles and kidney troubles. It is a good insect repellent, particularly against mosquito larvae.

Side Effects

Coumarin, a substance found in cinnamon may cause liver damage among highly sensitive people.

References

  • Wikipedia, Cinnamon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnamon-

  • Encyclopaedia of Life, Cinnamon: http://eol.org/pages/490672/overview-

  • Herbs, Love to Know, Cinnamon: http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Where_Does_Cinnamon_Come_From

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