Cinnamon (Binomial Name : Cinnamom Zeylanicum)

October 29, 2014


Cinnamon, binomial name Cinnamom Zeylanicum, it is a small tree with aromatic bark and leaves. It is a native of Srilanka, where it was found thousands of years ago. Till now Srilankan Cinnamon is regarded as the best grade in the world. In India and Sri Lanka, Cinnamon is used as a common spice in their cooking, because it prevents bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative and medicine. Cinnamon Oil taken from the bark has various healing properties and it has extreme anti-oxidant properties.


In Tamil language, it is called as Ilavankappattai (Pattai) which has rich source of Vitamin K, Iron, dietary fiber, calcium and Manganese. In Siddha Medical System uses Cinnamon for various medicine preparations, but it is popularly used to increase blood circulation and to remove blood impurities. The good blood circulation helps significantly in removing pain and ensures oxygen supply to the body cells leading to higher metabolic activity. Siddhar’s wrote about this several thousand years ago.


Some of the many benefits of Cinnamon include:


  • Anti-Aging

  • Anti-Fungal

    • Used to treat fungal growth like candida and helps to treat athlete foot

  • Ant-Bacterial

  • Anti-Parasitic

  • Anti-Septic

  • Anti-Viral effects

  • Anti-Diabetic

    • Increases the secretion of insulin, helps in reducing excessive blood glucose levels

    • Increases glucose absorption and fatty acid oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity

  • Anti-Inflammatory activity

    • Heals the wound in diabetic patient

    • Helps in reducing pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

    • Helps to treat tooth ache and mouth ulcers

    • Cures bowel problems due to its high anti-inflammatory properties

  • Anti-Oxidant

    • The high vitamin content in it boosts up your body’s immune system and increase your body's fighting power against infection

    • Helps the body to heal itself from cancer by activating the white blood cells and promoting growth of non-cancerous cells

  • Gastrointestinal Protection

    • Helps to relieve from abdominal cramps

    • Helps to relieve from excessive gas or flatulence

    • Helps in the growth of good bacteria in the gut

    • Good digestive agent and helps in stimulating the secretion of gastric juices

    • Good anti-acid

  • Hypolipidemic

    • Increases good cholesterol

    • Reduces bad cholesterol

  • Helps to treat Urinary Tract Infections helps to ease menstruation cycles

  • Helps to expel mucus and reduce inflammation and relives from common cold and cough

  • Heart Diseases

    • Cinnamon strengthens the cardiovascular system thereby shielding the body from heart related disorders.

    • It is believed that the calcium and fiber present in cinnamon provides protection against heart diseases.



Storage Method:


The bark of the cinnamon tree is dried and rolled into cinnamon sticks.

Cinnamon can also be dried and ground into a powder.

Store cinnamon sticks or powder in tightly closed containers in a cool and dry place under light.



The above information is to share the knowledge of Traditional Siddha Herbs and do not serve as a medical advice.

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