Cinnamon Benefits, Dose, Home Remedies, Side Effects

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)
Family- LAURACEAE

Vernacular Names

Cinnamon in different languages:
Hindi Name- Dalchini
English Name- Cinnamon
Telugu Name- Lavanga patta
Tamil Name- Ilayangam
Bengali Name- Daruchini
Gujarati Name- Taja

Cinnamon

Sanskrit Synonyms

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

Classical categorisation

Susruta- Eladi
Vagbhata- Eladi,
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

Varieties, distribution

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.

cinnamon twig

Sanskrit verse

Cinnamon benefits

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)

Medicinal properties

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)
Vipaka- Katu (pungent)

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Kapha.
Increases Pitta

As per Bhojana Kutuhalam the cinnamon bark is pungent in taste and treats cough, colicky pain, disorders caused due to ama and cleanses the throat and is light for digestion.
The leaf cures diseases of bladder, headache, neck pain and those discomfort caused due to aggravated vata dosha.

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.

Medicinal uses

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 leaves

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.

Research

Though it has a little sweet taste, it reduces blood sugar level in diabetics. Research paper
It also reduces cholesterol. Research paper

small cinnamon plant

Side effects

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.

Interaction with medicines, supplements

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.

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)

Ayurvedic medicines

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 tailit 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.

Tejapatra, Darusita

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
Relieves
Mukhashosha – dryness of mouth
Trusha – excess thirst

Manufacturer:
Patanjali Dalchini Churna – manufactured by Patanjali Ayurved Limited.

24 thoughts on “Cinnamon Benefits, Dose, Home Remedies, Side Effects”

  1. Excellent article, as usual. I’ve been using cinnamon in certain dishes and to increase flavour in my tea. But, knowing it’s uses and also when Not to take it, helps us. Thanks, doctor. Wishing you and your family a wonderful, fantastic New Year.

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  2. Thanks a lot for the good information which helps us to use as home remedy instead of Alopathic medicine

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  3. Dear Dr. Hebbar! In Germany lately the madia worn about Casia Cinnamon. It would contain very toxic chemicals in a high dose. This would not be so in Cinnamon of Srilanka. What ist your oppinion=

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    • Casia cinnamon botanical name is – Cinnamomum cassia. It is different from Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Ayurvedic cinnamon), which is used for medicinal purposes.

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    • Regular use of them in diet, is a good way to benefit in diabetes. but if the blood sugar levels are high, then they alone might not be able to control diabetes completely

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  4. Because Cinnamon can slightly increase Pitta, people with Vata-Pitta and Kapha Pitta Dosha people can use it only in a low dose of 500 mg – 1 gram along with ghee or cold water.

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    • But Dr I think it is one of the very few spices that does not increase Pitta too much. Even lesser than Black Pepper, is my experience. So those of us with Pitta living in hot places that would like to cut down on hot spices like Chilli etc, its even more beneficial than Black Pepper. What would you say?

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  5. Thanks Doctor informatic article a small doubt ,generally in indian kitchen indian cinnamon is used is it not having medical property article detailed medical property of srilankan cinnamon

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  6. Hello Doctor. I need a clarification. I looked into the sloka reference in Bhavaprakasha and I’ve noticed the following. There are three herbs on page number 216, prathama bhaga in the following order:
    Sukshmela – Elettaria cardamomum
    Tvak patra (tejapatra) – Cinnamomum cassia
    Darushita (dalcini) – Cinnamomum zeylanicum

    This article is on cinnamomum zeylanicum, which to my knowledge is Ela and not Darushita……unless I’m missing something. Moreover the textual reference that you have put on this page comes under Tvak patra (tejapatra) – Cinnamomum cassia in the text of Bhava Prakasha that I have.
    The reference that I see here for Cinnamomum zeylanicum is the following

    TvaksvAdvi tu tanutvakyasyAttathA dArusita matA ||
    uktA dArusita svAdvI tiktAchanilapittahat |
    surabhihi sukhralAbalyA mukhashoshatrishnApahA ||

    Which is the correct reference? Can you please help clarify this?

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    • Hi, you are correct.
      As per Bhavaprakasha, Darusita is Cinnamomum zeylanicum, this is also approved by Hindi commentary on Bhavaprakasha. But it is not ela (cardamom).

      Tvakpatra is – Cinnamomum cassia, also called Taja, the Bhavaprakasha shloka explains the same.

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  7. Hello Dr Hebbar,

    Is cinnamon oil prepared using the same method of preparing the decoction first and then mixing the oil with it or there is another way to make the cinnamon oil which you have mentioned in the article above?

    Thanks

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  8. Somebody Suggested me to take cassia powder in hot milk daily for general health .What is your opinion Sir ? I am 75+ in age and generally in good health . Should I take as advised and also please let me know the doze .

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  9. Dear Sir,

    Can you please let me know which Ayurvedic medicine prepared with cinnamon I should take for very poor memory and forgetfulness.

    Thank you.

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