(Cinnamomum zeylanicum &
has been used over 4,000 years ago in China. It is historically used to
treat fever, diarrhea, rheumatoid arthritis and menstrual problems. Its
reported aphrodisiac properties generated a lot of attention lately.
is one of the world's most popular spices. It can be found in foods,
chewing gums, toothpaste, soap, beverages and cough
medications. The rolled bark is used in drinks and cooking to
add flavour. More clinical research will need to be done to find out
how effective it is for treating high
blood sugar levels, but initial studies are very promising.
Cassia Cinnamon has been shown in clinical studies to lower blood sugar
levels in people suffering from type
2 diabetes. The other species did not have this benefit.
bark that you can buy from health food stores usually contains a
mixtures of the different species (unless specified in their packaging).
(Oral Yeast Infection in HIV/AIDS Patients)
Initial studies done on patients with AIDS shows that applying the
essential oil helped cure the yeast infection in the mouth.
/ Antibacterial / Antifungal Benefits
Lab studies show that the oil of this herb inhibits the growth of
virus, bacteria and fungus.
Lab studies show that this herb is able to stop the growth of 29 types
of human cancer cells.
This herb shows antioxidants benefits and has been suggested for
One study done at the Smell and Taste Research Foundation
that the smell of this herb helped with weight loss.
The study involving 1,436 volunteers reported about 30 pounds of weight
loss compared to the only 2 pounds in placebo group.
done at the Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago shows that
the smell of cinnamon (compared to other aromas) can increase blood
flow to the penis.
This further provides some proof that the use of aromatherapy can
enhance sexual response and reduce stress.
Aid / Indigestion / Colic / Heartburn
This spice is shown to support digestion and can be used to help break
Infections (Cystitis) Prevention
A study conducted in Germany suggested that this bark may help to
prevent most bladder infection cases.
(Candida) / Athlete's Foot
the same German study (as above), scientist suggested that most minor
cases of yeast infection can be prevented with the use of cinnamon
and Tooth Decay Prevention
This herb is commonly found in toothpaste and mouthwash formulation
for its ability to kill bacteria found in the mouth.
This spice can provide some relief from sore throat by soothing the
throat and reducing inflammation.
to get comprehensive details on how to treat sore throat using herbal
and home remedies.
Some experts suggest using this spice to help improve a person's
Benefits and Traditional Uses
- Antibacterial activities (for mouthwash and
- Anti-viral activities
- Anti-cancer benefits
- Appetite stimulant
- Athlete's foot (fungus infection)
- Asthma (induced by the common cold)
(smell of the spice)
- Bladder infections (cystitis)
- Bladder infection (cystitis)
- Contraception after childbirth
and cold symptoms
- Digestive aid
- Dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain)
- Flavour agent (foods and cosmetics)
- Gingivitis (gum disease)
- Heartburn / Indigestion
- Infertility (female)
- Menstrual disorders
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain relief
- Promote menses
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Stomach problems
- Support the digestive system
- Tooth decay (cavity) prevention
- Trush (in AID/HIV patients)
- Weight Loss
and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Two species of
cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum & Cinnamomum cassia)
for medicinal and food flavouring purposes.
oils from the bark contain cinamaldehyde and eugenol, both
shown to have strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral
activities. They also possess sedative effects at a higher dose, while
acting as a stimulant at a lower dose.
Some researchers also found that this herb has antioxidant
Does cinnamon help with diabetes?
studies show that,
by taking this herb (specifically Cassia Cinnamon), diabetics can lower
of insulin they are using. More clinical research will need to be done
to confirm this initial finding.
What are some side effects of taking cinnamon?
are not expected when
taken in amounts common found in foods. The cinnamon oil may cause an
allergic reaction on the skin or in the mouth for some people sensitive
to this ingredient.
What is some toxicity if I take too much of
the essential oil by mouth
unless supervised by a healthcare professional experienced in using
this oil. Taking a very high dose of the oil can cause nausea, vomiting
and potential kidney damage.
Do not apply the essential oil undiluted as it is highly irritating to
using during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. There is not safety
information in using this herb. The German Commission E recommended
against using this herb during pregnancy.
However, amounts typically found in foods and spice are not expected to
cause any problems.
to Take It
- Use 2 to 3 grams of the powdered herb in 250 mL (1 cup) of
and boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Allow it to cool and
- Use only a few drops one or two times daily. (See warning under the
Effects, Toxicity and Warnings
Use 2 to 3 mL (about 1/2 a teaspoon) up to three times daily.
Suggested for Various Health Problems
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of ground herb with each meal
to help stabilize blood sugar levels. This dosage is suggested by the
German Commission E. Recent clinical studies used 1.5 to 6 grams of the
grounded herb daily (divided into two or three times daily).
We suggest using cinnamon essential oil in the bedroom to
enhance sexual response. Going out for a cinnamon bun and
coffee in anticipation of an eventful night might also work.
References for Cinnamon
Revised: July 12, 2012