Cinnamon, a staple condiment in a myriad of cuisines and traditional delicacies, is not only useful for its tantalizing aroma but also has potential health benefits. Clad by the vernacular name Dalchini in Hindi and Ilavanga Pattai in Tamil, this tree is native to India, Srilanka, Indonesia, China and some parts of Bangladesh.
It is brownish in color and is obtained from the bark of the trees belonging to the Cinnamomum family.
Going by the name ‘Tvak’ in Sanskrit, cinnamon is an excellent pacifier of Vata and Kapha doshas but increases the Pitta doshas. It has a sweet-pungent taste (i.e. madhura-katu rasa) and characterizes a hot potency (i.e. ushna virya).
Mostly used in the form of a powder of the bark or leaves or as oil, cinnamon is an extensively prized ingredient in the holistic treatments of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and even ancient Chinese remedies for its magical healing powers.
How To Use
Powder of the bark can be infused with warm water and honey to reap its benefits. The essential oil from the cinnamon bark also has soothing effects on the mind and body.
Amazing Benefits of Cinnamon
A natural digestive with hot potency, powdered bark of cinnamon boosts digestion, relieves flatulence, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome and also improves liver function. Adding it with other spices or sprinkling it on everyday foods removes AMA toxins from the body, improves absorption of nutrients from food, promotes digestion and also helps in burning belly fat.
Relieves Cough and Cold:
The penetrating quality (i.e. tikshna guna) of cinnamon liquefies the mucus or sputum (kapha), serves as an expectorant and expels mucus from the body. Powder or oil of the bark exhibits potent antitubercular activity and is extremely beneficial for cough, cold, asthma, headache and tuberculosis.
Cinnamon holds high significance in ancient ayurvedic treatments for managing type 2 diabetes. It regulates the production of insulin, the key hormone of diabetes, reduces insulin resistance by the body and thereby reduces the blood sugar level. Regular intake of cinnamon supplements or adding a pinch of it to your diet can show marked improvement in maintaining your glycemic level.
Alleviates Cardiac Ailments:
Several traditional texts vouch by this potent bark for combating heart problems. The essential oils present in the bark of cinnamon make it a natural blood thinner and reduces blood coagulation in the arteries, treats atherosclerosis, check high blood pressure and promote a healthy heart. Adding a small bark of cinnamon to your tea or food purifies your blood and keeps heart problems at bay.
Enhances Skin Health:
The anti-inflammatory property of cinnamon is beneficial for fighting acne, pimples and other skin infections. Ayurveda strongly suggests that regular use of cinnamon oil for increasing the production of collagen and elastin, thus treating the signs of aging. Apply a paste of the bark or oil on your affected area to achieve healthy glowing skin.