Information on Cinnamon

Latin NameCinnamomum zeylanicum
Other NamesCeylon cinnamon
Part UsedBark
Herb FormsTeabag, essential oil, capsule, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsDigestive system
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy.
Botanical InfoA small tropical evergreen tree with eliptical leaves and prominent parallel veins in the Camphor family; a relative of the avocado.
DescriptionCinnamon is taken for uterine and gastrointestinal hemorrhage and for nose bleeds. Because of its astringent nature, it is used for diarrhea, and it is an effective nausea and indigestion remedy. In Chinese medicine, cinnamon is used to warm the interior, for aching of joints, chest obstruction, and phlegm retention. Cinnamon bark is one of the most important herbs in the materia medica for warming the body, activating blood, dispelling internal coldness, and improving digestion. Cinnamon oil is commonly used in mouthwashes, cosmetics, and liniments.

Cinnamon has a taste of ACRID, SWEET and a temperature of VERY WARM.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Powder1 OO capsule 2 x daily
Decoction1/2-1 cup 1-2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Cinnamon

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Nose bleeding, from debilityanti-hemorrhagictea, tincture
Vomitingantinauseantcapsules, tincture, tea
Digestion, poorwarmingtea, capsule
Colds, acutewarming respiratory stimulanttea, tincture, capsules

References

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