Cinnamon Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Cinnamon zeylanicum


Sri Lanka

Parts Used

Dried inner bark of the shoots and leaves

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Cinnamon is known for its use as a flavouring, being one of the most popular spices used today. However it has also been used traditionally for its medicinal properties.
Cinnamon is known for settling the digestive system, and for relieving flatulence. It also relieves nausea and vomiting.

Cinnamon is also used to prevent nervous tension, and lift depression and hopelessness. It is hugely uplifting and energizing and can transform low vitality into zest for life. It is also mentally stimulating and can relieve mental exhaustion and nurture fresh thinking and creativity.

It is anti-bacterial so has long been used to cure everything from athlete's foot to indigestion. It is also used as a natural preservative, extending the time that a food remains fresh when spiced with Cinnamon.

There are studies that indicate that Cinnamon may be helpful in maintaining balanced blood sugar levels and lowering cholesterol levels. It has been suggested that cinnamon can work in this way if added to foods and beverages on a regular basis.

Cinnamon powder can be used extensively in cookery. Add to muffins, cakes, breads, flapjacks and curries.

Tea: Add Cinnamon powder to your favorite herbal tea or make an Indian Tea with black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, fennel seeds, vanilla powder and milk.
Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon to cooked fruit to sweeten.

Breakfast: Add cinnamon to your breakfast cereal, oat porridge or sprinkle on toast.
Sprinkle cinnamon on your morning cup of coffee, cocoa or cappuccino
Be creative.

Cinnamon essential oil can be used in the bath for relieving depression, exhaustion and lack of motivation or vapourised in an oil burner to create an uplifting and energizing atmosphere. It can be added to a massage oil or cream and used as a stimulating body rub, improving circulation and relieving physical exhaustion. When applied to the abdomen it can ease indigestion caused by stress and nervous anxiety. See How to use Essential Oils

Middle note

Essential oils:
Cinnamon, Orange, Lemon, Clove, Black pepper, Ylang Ylang, Tea tree, Thyme.
Cinnamon Powder:
Cardamom, Ginger, Fennel seeds, Vanilla powder.

Spicy, fiery and warm.

Typical Use

Add ½ to 2 teaspoons of powdered cinnamon to your daily foods.
Cinnamon essential oil can be used in the bath, or vapourised in an oil burner. It can be added to a massage oil or cream. Use 6-8 drops per bath and 10 -18 drops per 30ml of carrier oil. See Essential Oil Dosage Chart

Folklore and History

Cinnamon is native to (Ceylon) Sri Lanka, The true cinnamon known as Cinnamomum zeylanicum dates back in Chinese writings to 2800 B.C. and is still known as kwai in the Chinese language today. Its botanical name derives from the Hebraic and Arabic term amomon, meaning fragrant spice plant. In the first century A.D., Pliny the Elder wrote of 350g of cinnamon as being equal in value to over 5kg of silver, about fifteen times the value of silver per weight!

Medieval physicians used cinnamon in medicines to treat coughing, hoarseness and sore throats. By the Roman Empire, it was a highly valuable commodity for both medicinal and culinary purposes and as a sign of remorse, Roman Emperor Nero ordered a year's supply of cinnamon be burnt after he murdered his wife. During the Middle Ages, it was mixed with cloves and warm water, and placed in the sick rooms of victims of the Bubonic Plague.

In the 17th century, the Dutch seized the world's largest cinnamon supplier, the island of Ceylon( as it was then called), from the Portuguese, demanding outrageous amounts from the poor laboring Chalia caste. When the Dutch learned of a source of cinnamon along the coast of India, they bribed and threatened the local king to destroy it all, thus preserving their monopoly on the prized spice.

In 1795, England seized Ceylon from the French, who had acquired it from their victory over Holland during the Revolutionary Wars.

However, by 1833, the downfall of the cinnamon monopoly had begun when other countries found it could be easily grown in such areas as Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Mauritius, Réunion and Guyana. Cinnamon is now also grown in South America, the West Indies, and other tropical climates.

Cinnamon has a long sacred and magical use. It was used as an incense in Chinese temples, and for embalming the dead in Egyptian times. It is highly recommended as a purification incense prior to sacred work even today, used traditionally for its capacity to increase focus and concentration when inhaled as an incense.


Includes cinnamaldehyde, gum, tannin, mannitol, coumarins and essential oils (aldehydes, eugenol, pinene).