Healing Power and Curative Properties
Cinnamon leaves are used in the form of powder or decoction. They are
stimulant and useful in relieving flatulence and in increasing secretion
and discharge of urine. Cinnamon prevents nervous tension, improves
complexion and memory. A pinch of cinnamon powder mixed with honey does
the trick if taken regularly every night for these purposes.
Cinnamon is an effective remedy for common cold. Coarsely powdered and
boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder and honey, it can
be beneficially used as medicine in cases of influenza, sore throat, and
malaria. Its regular use during the rainy season prevents attacks of
influenza. Cinnamon oil, mixed with honey, gives relief from cold.
Cinnamon checks nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It stimulates digestion. A
tablespoon of cinnamon water, prepared as for cold and taken half an hour
after meals, relieves flatulence and indigestion.
Cinnamon serves as a good mouth freshener.
Headache produced by exposure to cold air is readily cured by applying a
paste of finely powdered cinnamon mixed in water on the temples and
Paste of cinnamon powder prepared with a few drops of fresh lime juice can
be applied over pimples and blackheads with beneficial results.
Cinnamon is highly beneficial in the treatment of several other ailments,
including spasmodic afflictions, asthma, paralysis, excessive
menstruation, uterus disorders and gonorrhea. It is sometimes used as a
prophylactic agent, to control German measles.
Natural Birth-Control: Cinnamon can be used for natural birth-control. It
has the remarkable effect of checking the early release of ova after
child-birth. A piece of cinnamon taken every night for a month after
child-birth delays menstruation for more than 15 to 20 months thus
preventing early conception. It indirectly helps the secretion of breast
milk. Prolonged breast feeding checks the restarting of menstruation after
child-birth, according to studies.
Dried cinnamon leaves and inner bark are used for flavoring cakes and
sweets and in curry powder. They are also used in incense, dentifrices and
perfumes. Cinnamon bark oil is used for flavoring confectionery and
liqueurs. It is also used in pharmaceutical and dental preparations.
Cinnamon leaf oil is used in perfumes and flavorings as also in the
synthesis of vanillin.