Cinnamon improves digestion strength, is useful in diabetes, high cholesterol, its oil is applied externally for premature ejaculation and insect bites. Read more about this wonderful spice.
Botanical Name- Cinnamomum zeylanica Blume (C. Verum J.S)
Cinnamon in different languages:
Hindi Name- Dalchini
English Name- Cinnamon
Telugu Name- Lavanga patta
Tamil Name- Ilayangam
Bengali Name- Daruchini
Gujarati Name- Taja
Tanutvak, Chocha, Darusita, Varanga,
Svadvi – because of sweet taste
Mukha shodhya, Mukhashodhana – cleanses mouth
Vanapriya – grows wildly in forest
Saimhalam – from Sri Lanka,
Utkata, Bahugandha, Gandhavalka – having good smell
Lataparna, Tvak patta, Swarna Bhumika, Ramapriya, Rama Vallabha, Bhringam, Kavacha, Shakala, Saihala, Latapatra, Ramapriya
Trijataka – a group of three spices – cinnamon, cardamom and Cinnamomum tamala
It is also a member of Chaturjata, which is trijata plus Nagakeshara Read more about Chaturjata
Ancient Nighantu writers mention two varieties viz. native cinnamon – Cinnamomum zeylanicum and imported Cinnamomum cassia. Cassia).
There are three varieties in the trade.
Indian Cinnamon – Cinnamomum tamala
Ceylonese Cinnamon – – Cinnamomum zeylanicum and
Chinese Cinnamon – Cinnamomum cassia
Distribution- Found wild in the southern coastal region of western India.
Major chemical constituents
Cinnamaldehyde, Eugenol, Benzaldehyde, Methyl amyl ketone, Phellandrene, Pinene, Cymene, Linalool, Cumic, Aldehyde, Caryophyllene, safrole, Methyl evgenol, Borneol, Cinnamyl alcohol, Cinnzeylanin, Cinnzeylanol,(-) epicatechin, Cinnacassiol D1 etc.
(Reference: Illustrated Dravyaguna Vijnana, Vol. II, by Dr JLN Shastry)
Twak – Cinnamon Benefits – Medicinal Properties
Rasa (taste) – Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter), Madhura (sweet)
Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digestion), Rooksha (dryness), Teekshna (piercing, strong, sharp)
Veerya- Ushna (hot potency)
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Kapha.
Part used, dosage
Part used- Stem bark, leaf, Cinnamon oil
Dosage- Powder 1-3 grams in divided dose per day, Cinnamon oil 2-5 drops – once or twice a day. Oil is also used externally, either directly or after dilution with sesame oil.
Cinnamomum zeylanicum – medicinal uses:
Vishapaha – anti toxic, useful in toxic conditions
Kanta Vaktra Rujahara – relieves throat and oral pain
Shiroruk hara – relieves headache
Basti Shodhana – cleanses urinary bladder. It acts as diuretic. Hence fights urinary retention, dysuria.
Pittala – slightly increases Pitta Dosha
Hrut Bastigata Jantujit – relieves microbe infestation related to bladder, lungs and heart.
Peenasa – useful in rhinitis
Aruchi – relieves anorexia/tastelessness
Kandu – relieves itching, pruritis
Amavatahara – useful in rheumatoid arthritis
Shukrahrut – not ideal to improve semen, sperm quality and quantity
Vataja Arsha –useful in painful hemorrhoids
Krumihara – useful in worm infestation, infected wounds
Peenasahara – relieves allergic rhinitis, running nose
Kaphakasahara – relieves cough with sputum
Amahara – Relieves ama – a product of indigestion and altered metabolism.
Because of its Pitta increasing property, it is useful in treating amenorrhea, delayed periods.
Kantashuddhikara – cleanses, clears throat. Improves voice.
It helps to lower BP, by its cardio tonic and diuretic effects.
Cinnamon oil For wound healing and insect bites:
Cinnamon oil, when applied externally heals wounds quickly. 2 – 5 drops of the oil is applied over the site of insect bites to detoxify local area and to relieve stinging pain.
Cinnamon to improve teeth strength: To strengthen teeth, a small piece of cinnamon is kept in mouth, chewed for 5 – 10 minutes and the juice is swallowed. It also helps to relieve bad breath problem. For the same reason, cinnamon oil is used as ingredient in herbal toothpastes and herbal tooth powders such as Dashan Sanskar Churn .
Cinnamon oil for premature ejaculation:
Cinnamon oil – 10 ml is diluted with 100 ml of sesame oil. Mixed well. This combination oil is applied over the penis, 10 minutes before bath, to improve blood circulation and for longer erection.
Because of its hotness, it is not suitable for people with burning sensation and gastritis.
It is not suitable for people with Pitta body type, who are sensitive to Sun heat.
Because of Pitta increasing quality, it is not suitable for people with bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, heavy periods etc.
It is best to avoid usage of cinnamon during periods.
It is safe to use it in very low dose during pregnancy, lactation and in children.
Some people may have cinnamon allergy, with symptoms like runny nose, skin rashes, eye redness, lip and tongue swelling etc.
Cinnamon home remedies
Juice of cardamom leaves, cloves & Cinnamon made into pills are prescribed for worms, to improve appetite, to relieve flatulence, diarrhea.
Cinnamon and honey: one gram of cinnamon along with a teaspoon of honey once a day relieves itching, indigestion and also a useful way to use cinnamon for weight loss. Read more – Cinnamon and honey benefits
Cinnamon powder in small quantities is used in making coolant fruit juices, used as part of healthy Ayurvedic summer regimen
Mango juice mixed with fragrant substances like cinnamon, cardamom – to quench the thirst in the afternoon – as part of healthy spring regimen
How to use cinnamon regularly?
It is best used as a part of diet in making dishes.
If it is not used in culinary, half a gram of cinnamon along with honey or water can be consumed once a day.
In people with dental caries etc, a small piece of cinnamon can be chewed daily.
Its bark and leaf powder in small quantities is added to fruit juices to improve flavor and to boost health benefits of the juice.
Cinnamon to aid learning ability:
The study by neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center found that feeding cinnamon to laboratory mice determined to have poor learning ability made the mice better learners. The mice in the study received oral feedings of ground cinnamon, which their bodies metabolised into sodium benzoate, a chemical used as a drug treatment for brain damage. When the sodium benzoate entered the mice’s brains, it increased CREB, decreased GABRA5, and stimulated the plasticity (ability to change) of hippocampal neurons. These changes in turn led to improved memory and learning among the mice. (source)
Ayurveda medicines and cinnamon supplements:
Sitopaladi Churna – A very famous Ayurveda powder medicine to treat cough, cold, anorexia
Vayu Gulika – used in abdominal pail, cold, cough, rhinitis and bronchitis
Himsagar tail – it is an excellent pain and burning sensation relieving herbal oil.
Cinnamon oil is used as a ingredient in oral mouthwash to treat halitosis / bad breath problem, such as Refresh mouthwash.
As per Bhavaprakasha,
Twak patra is Tejapatra – Cinnamomum cassia and it can slightly increase Pitta.
Darusita is Cinnamomum zeylanicum with below qualities.
Slightly sweet, bitter, calms Vata and Pitta.
Shukrala – improves sperm count and semen quantity
Varnya – improves skin complexion
Mukhashosha – dryness of mouth
Trusha – excess thirst