Ceylon Cinnamon

Common name Ceylon Cinnamon

Latin name Cinnamomum verum

Parts used Inner Bark


System affinities

Cinnamon is particularly indicated for the circulatory and digestive systems.


Energetics/characteristics/flower essence/dosha

Cinnamon is slightly warming.  It is particularly indicated for the kapha dosha which has a tendency towards excess cold and torpor.


Taste and quality

Cinnamon is pungent, sweet, and slightly bitter.


Indications

Cinnamon is generally indicated as a digestive aid.  It is a good remedy for diabetes as it helps to regulate blood sugar.  Additionally it helps in treating anorexia and indigestion as it helps increase the secretion of digestive fluids.  Due to its warming nature it helps to relieve congestion and breathing problems.  It also helps combat poor blood circulation.


Warnings and contraindications

Avoid use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.


History and lore

In Ancient Egypt, Cinnamon was used not only as a beverage flavoring and medicine, but also as an embalming agent. It was so highly treasured that it was considered more precious than gold.


Habitat

Cinnamon is native to the tropical forests of South Asia.


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