CINNAMON (Cinnamomum zeylanicum=Cinnamomum verum): Benefits and virtues of Ceylon Cinnamon (Sri Lanka) and Chinese Cinnamon? Medicinal properties of Cinnamon bark? Dosage? Side effects? Origins, Composition, Expert opinions, Combination with other plants and more Information on Cinnamon.
- 1 Cinnamon: Medicinal properties
- 2 Cinnamon: Origins
- 3 Cinnamon: Composition
- 4 Cinnamon: Dosage
- 5 Cinnamon: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues
- 6 Cinnamon: Side-effects, contraindications
- 7 Cinnamon: Opinions of experts
- 8 Cinnamon: More Information
- 9 Cinnamon: Combination with other plants
True Cinnamon, which originates from Sri Lanka, is one of the most powerful medicinal spices. It has been used for more than 5,000 years by the 2 most ancient forms of medicine in the world (Ayurvedic Medicine (India) and Traditional Chinese Medicine). Cinnamon is very effective in combating digestive disorders, diarrhea and gastroenteritis, as well as stimulating the body and providing aphrodisiac effects. It is also an excellent remedy for flu and for a large number of winter illnesses. Cinnamon is classed in the top 3 antioxidant foods in the world, along with Cloves.
Cinnamon: Medicinal properties
Anti-disease – Anti-cancer – Antiviral – Antibiotic
- stimulates the immune system (traditional usage of Cinnamon)
- flu, swine flu (H1N1) (major usage of Cinnamon) (synergy with Royal Jelly+Propolis, Echinacea)
- general anti-inflammatory (synergy with Turmeric+Ginger)
- extremely powerful antioxidant (synergy with Royal Jelly+Goji Berry)
- major broad-spectrum antibiotic, bacterial infections
- major antiseptic (Cinnamon essential oil is particularly effective)
- major antifungal effect
- major antiviral effect, viral infections
- prevents winter illnesses, colds (traditional usage)
- powerful aerial disinfectant (Cinnamon essential oil)
- parasitic infections
- ENT infections, otitis (synergy with Garlic, Propolis)
- bronchopulmonary infections (synergy with Echinacea, Garlic, Turmeric)
- helps to prevent cancer: colon, stomach, lung, breast, bone, leukemia, lymphoma (synergy with Turmeric+Ginger+Black Pepper)
- helps to prevent tumor (Cinnamon might helps preventing the growth of tumors but not enough scientific studies)
- Mononucleosis (synergy with Ginseng+Royal Jelly)
- tropical illnesses (Malaria, Amoebiasis, Fever, Typhoid (traditional usage of Cinnamon)
- Scabies, Ringworm (contagious skin and hair infections)
- combats verrucas (synergy with Garlic, Propolis)
- urinary and genital infections (cystitis, urethritis, vaginitis…) (major usage) (synergy with Echinacea)
- Abscess, Pyorrhea
- toothache (synergy with Cloves)
- rheumatic pain, Arthritis (external massage with Cinnamon essential oil mixed with a vegetable oil)
- very beneficial for bone growth
- prevents cardiovascular disease (synergy with Omega-3)
- promotes good blood circulation (anticoagulant) (synergy with Ginkgo biloba, Omega-3)
Energy – Vitality – Aphrodisiac
- powerful general tonic (especially Cinnamon essential oil)
- restores energy, vitality, combats asthenia (synergy with Ginseng, Maca)
- convalescence (synergy with Royal Jelly, Ginseng)
- depression (synergy with Rhodiola+Ginseng)
- nervous fatigue, overwork (synergy with Ginseng, Royal Jelly)
- improves memory, vigilance, concentration (synergy with Rhodiola+Ginseng)
- lack of motivation, lethargy, loss of drive, ambition (synergy with Maca, Ginseng)
- powerful aphrodisiac (synergy with Maca, Tribulus)
- impotence, sexual fatigue in men (synergy with Maca, Tribulus)
- promotes the onset of periods (synergy with Turmeric+Ginger)
- vaginal discharge, Leukorrhea
Digestion – Diarrhea - Bloating
- gastroenteritis, infectious diarrhea (major usage of Cinnamon) (synergy with Thyme and Cloves)
- intestinal anti-inflammatory, colitis (synergy with Turmeric+Ginger)
- intestinal gas, bloating, flatulence (major usage of Cinnamon)
- colic, abdominal pain
- dysentery (diarrhea, blood, mucus)
- digestive fermentation
- intestinal parasites
- effective in destroying Helicobacter Pylori, Candidas albicans (as well as numerous fungi, bacteria and germs present in the intestine and stomach) (synergy with Propolis, Echinacea, Garlic)
- food poisoning, digestive infections (synergy with Turmeric+Ginger)
- protects from stomach and intestinal ulcers (synergy with Turmeric+Ginger)
- regulates the digestive system, digestive problems, dyspepsia
- protects the stomach (synergy with Turmeric+Ginger, Honey)
- irritable bowel syndrome (synergy with Turmeric+Ginger)
- leaky gut syndrome (synergy with Turmeric+Ginger)
- Crohn’s disease (++) (synergy with Turmeric+Boswellia)
- Lyme disease (synergy with Echinacea, Propolis)
- intestinal spasms
- anorexia, stimulates appetite, hunger (synergy with Cannabis, Fenugreek)
- nausea, vomiting (excellent synergy with Ginger)
- combats Diabetes, Glycemia (synergy with Ginseng, Turmeric)
- combats Cholesterol (synergy with Turmeric)
True Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) synonym (Cinnamomum verum), is a plant originating from Sri Lanka, and is also known as Ceylon Cinnamon. Cinnamon is found in the inner bark of the Cinnamon tree. Ceylon is a Sri Lankan island where a large number of Cinnamon trees are to be found. Its medicinal properties are close to those of its cousin, Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), but the latter is far less effective in terms of its medicinal properties. Cinnamon has a long history, and has been used for more than 5,000 years by the most ancient medicines in the world: Ayurvedic Medicine (India) and Traditional Chinese Medicine; often mixed with other spices such as Turmeric, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cardamom and Cloves. More recently, in the Middle Ages, Cinnamon was one of the first spices to be taken to Europe, and in the same way as Turmeric, Ginger and Vanilla, Cinnamon was the sole preserve of the nobles, as it was very expensive. Today, Cinnamon is essentially cultivated in China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Madagascar. Cinnamon is widely used in various recipes for its aromatic and appetite-stimulating effects (e.g. in cakes, pastries, desserts, Canelés, Apple-Cinnamon crumbles…). Cinnamon is also among the ingredients of various cosmetic and dental products.
The bark of Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum=Cinnamomum verum) is composed of two principal antioxidant elements: proanthocyanidins and cinnamaldehyde (a phenolic compound), the latter of which also boasts powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Furthermore, chemical analysis indicates that Cinnamon powder contains one of the highest quantities of tannins in the world; tannins help to strengthen and reinforce body tissue, as well as fighting various parasites. Ground cinnamon is also a good source of Manganese, as well as a small quantity of iron – two trace elements indispensable to the healthy functioning of the immune system.
Cinnamon can be taken as an infusion composed of the bark and leaves, as a Cinnamon herbal tea with Honey and Lemon (no more than 3 cups a day). It is also one of the constituents of an Ayurvedic (India) herbal tea called Chaï Tea (composed of different spices: Cinnamon bark, Cloves, Cardamom, Ginger, Black Pepper, Burdock, Fennel, Coriander… as well as Black Tea or Honey). Cinnamon can also be taken as a powder, or in the form of capsules. Furthermore, Ceylon Cinnamon is available as an essential oil, which is extremely powerful (major oil); care must therefore be taken not to apply pure oil to the skin or mucous membranes as it burns (powerful dermocaustic). For internal usage, it is not recommended to exceed 2-3 drops of Cinnamon essential oil per day. If you wish to diffuse Cinnamon for the purpose of air purification, etc., it must be mixed with other, weaker essential oils, such as Lemon or Mandarin. For external usage, for example in the case of abdominal pains, you can rub Cinnamon essential oil on your stomach after diluting it to 20% with Lavender essential oil or a vegetable oil.
Cinnamon: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues
Ceylon Cinnamon (Sri Lanka) is a major plant that is extremely powerful for reinforcing the immune system and combating digestive problems. It boasts a wide-ranging and effective action on viruses, bacteria, fungi and other parasites, and it is one of the main remedies for treating flu, otitis and various bronchopulmonary problems. Cinnamon bark is also one of the best remedies for digestive problems: it is an effective treatment for diarrhea, gastroenteritis, colic, intestinal inflammation, colitis, food poisoning, bloating, intestinal gas, dysentery (diarrhea, mucus and blood in stools), digestive fermentation, intestinal parasites, intestinal diseases (irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, Crohn’s disease and Lyme disease…), and other digestive infections. As a medicinal plant, the breadth of Cinnamon’s action on the immune system and digestive system is remarkable. It should also be noted that its powerful antioxidant action, might makes it one of the leading plants for the possible prevention of a large number of cancers (stomach, colon, lung, breast, leukemia, lymphoma…), and its possible anti-tumor preventative effects might be greatly enhanced when combined with other spices such as Turmeric, Ginger, Black Pepper or Cloves. Cinnamon is also a good tonic that stimulates the entire body, and a good regulator of sugar and glucose in the blood (Diabetes and Glycemia), as well as Cholesterol. Finally, Cinnamon can play a significant role in the treatment of depression, lack of motivation, loss of interest in activities, and concentration, and it has a tonic/aphrodisiac aspect particularly in men. The medicinal properties of Chinese Cinnamon are analogous to those of Ceylon Cinnamon, but its benefits are less broad and less effective.
Cinnamon: Side-effects, contraindications
Cinnamon has no side-effects within the recommended dosage. Care should be taken however with pure Cinnamon essential oil as it is toxic when used in high doses or when used continuously for too long, as well as being dermocaustic (burns the skin and mucous membranes). It must thus be used sparingly, and must be mixed with other weaker essential oils (Lavender oil, Mandarin oil…), or vegetable oils (as Cinnamon essential oil is a major oil, one of the most powerful in the world). The toxicity of the oil in high doses is linked to the presence of a substance called coumarin (even if in small doses it presents no danger); it should be noted that coumarin is much more present in Chinese Cinnamon than in Ceylon Cinnamon (from Sri Lanka). In addition, Cinnamon essential oil in higher doses can provoke nausea and headache, and when taken in high quantities, can have a hypertensive effect and can provoke heart palpitations, especially if used with other plants such as Coffee or Black Tea. Finally, pregnant women and young children should avoid taking Cinnamon, especially the essential oil.
Cinnamon: Opinions of experts
Ceylon Cinnamon is a major medicinal plant and has been renowned for centuries. The worldwide recognition it enjoys today is due not only to its culinary uses, but also and especially to its proven immunostimulant and digestive benefits. It is a powerful plant that must not be abused, as it has the potential to damage the body and certain organs in excessively high doses (rare). For this reason, rather than risking overdose, it is better to combine it with other medicinal plants to enhance their therapeutic effects. It should be noted that the medicinal effects of Cinnamon are greatly enhanced when it is combined with other spices such as Turmeric and Ginger, which are also major medicinal plants for the immune system, inflammation (particularly in the intestine), and for slowing the development of tumors and various digestive problems.
Cinnamon: More Information
According to the latest scientific studies analyzing the antioxidant properties of plants, spices and foods, Cinnamon is classed in the top 2 or 3, often just behind Cloves, but well ahead of Turmeric (which nevertheless has very powerful antioxidant benefits), as well as Oregano, Ginger, Thyme and Savory. All spices protect the body and possess antioxidant properties to some degree. Antioxidants play a major role in the prevention of cancer and tumors, suppression of cell aging, reinforcement of the immune system and skin protection. (See also Royal Jelly and Goji Berry on this subject). Note that the bark of Ceylon Cinnamon has a lighter color (light to dark brown) than its cousin Chinese Cinnamon whose bark is dark brown.
Cinnamon: Combination with other plants
Cinnamon combines particularly well with other spices such as Turmeric and Ginger (help in prevention of cancer, nausea, vomiting, digestive problems, food poisoning), as well as tonic medicinal plants such as Maca and Tribulus (aphrodisiac, energy, vitality, endurance), Royal Jelly and Ginseng (vitality, overwork, flu, convalescence, stimulation of the immune system), Rhodiola (depression, concentration, stress, nervous fatigue). Cinnamon is also very often combined with Honey and Lemon (flu cold, stomach pain, digestion, fatigue), Cloves and Thyme (immune system, fatigue, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, digestive problems), and finally Propolis, Garlic and Echinacea (urinary infections, flu, tonsillitis, otitis, ENT infections, stimulation of the immune system as a whole).
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