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by Monica Doherty
Botanical name - Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Part used - Bark
Anti-Diabetic - assist in the management of diabetes, metabolic syndrome X and insulin resistance
Carminative - helps break up intestinal gas to combat dyspeptic complaints, bloating and flatulence
Spasmolytic - assists with complaints of the gastrointestinal tract
Circulatory stimulant - especially for warming hands and feet, has been used for arthritis and aching muscles, useful for the common cold and influenza
Aromatic Digestive - stimulates the digestive system, useful in weak digestion, colic, griping, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting
Anodyne - considered to have prostaglandin inhibiting action assisting in pain relief
Astringent - assisting with stemming bleeding, resolving diarrhoea and catarrhal congestion
Anti-fungal - effective in the management of Candida Albicans
Anti-bacterial - useful the management of urinary tract infections
Cinnamon is a much beloved spice that has been utilised medicinally for centuries in many cultures. It is a warming spice that is associated with the element of fire and the sun. In Ayurvedic medicine it is recommended for people with Kapha and Vata disorders, and is said to enkindle agni, or the digestive fire that underpins all digestive and metabolic processes in the body.
Cinnamon is a great addition to sweet or savoury meals alike and is excellent for assisting in the regulation of blood sugar. It is also excellent in combination with other herbs, (as blended in our beautiful chai tea at Clove), as it is known, in addition to its own beneficial actions, to also stimulate the actions of other herbs.
Cinnamon should be used with caution in pregnancy, if you suffer from stomach or intestinal ulcers and avoided topically, as it can have an irritant effect, particularly on mucous membranes.