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Health Benefits of Cinnamon - the Bark Spice

About Cinnamon

Latin Name: Cinnamomum sp

In India, it is called Dalchini.

Cinnamon is obtained from a variety of species of the tree Cinnamomum. It is a spice that is obtained from the bark of the tree. When the bark is dried it curls into a tubular shape. The outer bark is discarded and only the inner bark is dried to form the tubular 'quills'. This is the cinnamon spice.

Though Cinnamon is cultivated all over Southeast Asia, the cinnamon tree is a native of Sri Lanka, the erstwhile Ceylon, and is got from the Cinnamomum verum tree. It is also called the Ceylon cinnamon or true cinnamon and is the best variety of cinnamon that is available.

Another variety of cinnamon is called 'cassia' and has a stronger taste and aroma than the Ceylon variety. Cassia variety is obtained from the Cinnamomum aromaticum tree and is more popular in the United States.

One of the oldest spices known to man, cinnamon finds reference in the Bible. Traditionally used to embalm the dead in Egypt, it was also used in medicine and as a flavouring.

So popular and much in demand it was that it was a heavily traded commodity between Europe and the Near East in those times.

This hub will reveal some facts about cinnamon.

Cinnamon Tree

Facts About Cinnamon

The cinnamon tree is an evergreen tree. Though native to Ceylon - present-day Sri Lanka - it grows well in other tropical countries like India, Brazil, Vietnam, Egypt, West Indies, Java etc. It grows well in other subtropical areas too but cannot bear freezing cold or even extended periods of cool weather.

The tree grows from 20 to 40 feet in height, having large oblong leaves, fragrant white flowers and a dark purple berry-like fruit with a single seed inside. The bark is a beautiful golden brown colour. The tree is grown from the seed.

It is also grown as an ornamental tree because of the beautiful orange-red bark and the golden brown tender leaves that sprout initially.

The tree remains productive for about 45-50 years.

Cinnamon Leaves

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Both the leaves and the bark provide cinnamon essential oil.

The essential oil from the bark is a golden coloured, hot, aromatic oil. The taste and smell are due to the presence of cinnamaldehyde which makes up about 60% of the oil. Cinnamaldehyde is an anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-pest in action. It is also anti-cancer in action.

The oil produced from the leaves contains the chemical compound eugenol in large amounts. Eugenol has antiseptic, anaesthetic properties and kills cancer cells.

Cinnamon leaf oil is safer, cheaper and less caustic than the oil obtained from the bark.

Cinnamon Bark Oil

Benefits Of Cinnamon Oil

  • It is used as an insecticide as the leaf oil kills the mosquito larvae and also drives away insects like mosquitoes. You can add to lotion to repel them
  • In cooking, it is added to provide flavour.
  • It can be used as a room freshener. Mix it with water and spray.
  • Because of its anti-fungal, anti-microbial properties, it is used to control infections.
  • It is used to control mites in honeybees.
  • When diluted with water it can be used as a mouth wash to relieve infections and provide a fresher breath.
  • The leaf oil reduces menstrual cramps, relieves stress and lifts up the mood.

Cinnamon Tea

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Cinnamon Tea

To 3 cups of water add 1 tsp cinnamon. Boil. Cool a bit and add 4 tsp honey. Mix well.

Drink 1/4 cup of this brew 3 times a day.

It gives immense energy, keeps the skin supple and young.

Recipe For Cinnamon Chai

To 500 ml milk and 500 ml water add 6 tsp tea powder. Heat till it boils then keep to simmer.

Now add 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 1 tsp black pepper powder, 1 tsp fresh ginger, ground well, 1/2 tsp ground cardamon and 1/2 tsp roughly crushed cloves.

Simmer for 15 - 20 minutes. Strain and add honey as per need.

Uses Of Cinnamon

Though principally used as a spice, it is also used in :

  • Making chocolates in Mexico.
  • In making sweet dishes, the sweeter variety, the Ceylon variety is used. The cassia variety, the stronger of the two, is used in desserts and buns, tea and cocoa, candies and liqueurs.
  • It is also used to flavour cereals, fruits, etc.
  • Cinnamon is also used in making soups, sauces, pickles, curry powder.
  • Also used in making perfumes and fragrances.

Cinnamon Nutrition

Some nutrition facts about cinnamon are:

  • Cinnamon is very rich in manganese, is a good source of fibre, calcium and iron.
  • It contains good amounts of Vitamin A, E, K, B6 and potassium.
  • It is low in sodium.

Most importantly, it has an extremely high ORAC value of 267536 THE, hundreds of times that of apples.

Cinnamon Nutrition

 Cinnamon spice (Cinnamonum verum) 


ORAC Value-267536



Nutritional value per 100 g.



(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)



Nutrient Value

Percentage of RDA


247 Kcal



50.59 g



3.99 g


Total Fat

1.24 g



0 mg


Dietary Fiber

53.1 g






6 micro gm



1.332 mg


Pantothenic acid

0.358 mg



0.158 mg



0.041 mg



0.022 mg


Vitamin A

295 IU


Vitamin C

3.8 mg


Vitamin E

10.44 mg


Vitamin K

31.2 micro gm






10 mg



431 mg






1002 mg



0.339 mg



8.32 mg



60 mg



17.466 mg



64 mg



1.83 mg








Beta Carotene

112 micro gm


Beta Crypto-xanthin

129 micro gm



222 micro gm



15 micro gm


Cinnamon Rolls

Health Benefits Of Cinnamon

Some health facts about cinnamon are :

  • Cinnamon lowers LDL cholesterol, regulates blood sugar and is beneficial for persons with type 2 diabetes.
  • Reduces the growth and spread of cancer in leukaemia and lymphoma.
  • Reduces and relieves arthritic and rheumatic inflammation and pain.
  • Cinnamon boosts memory and recall function and is a good brain tonic.
  • Purifies blood, clears pimples and other skin infections.
  • Prevents clotting of blood as it keeps the blood thin, improves blood circulation, reduces risks of heart attack, reduces blood pressure.
  • It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral.
  • Helps in alleviating flu, cold, congestion.
  • Improves milk production in lactating women.
  • Acts as a contraceptive preventing conception after childbirth as it delays menses.
  • Is a diuretic, improves urine output.

Health Benefits Of Cinnamon In Specific Health Conditions

  • Lisping & Stuttering

Chewing cinnamon cures this.

  • To Digest Milk

Grind cinnamon finely. Take 4 grams in the morning and 4 grams in the evening with hot milk.

  • Stomachache Due To Gas

It relieves pain and increases digestive power. It should be consumed in minute quantities only.

  • Diarrhoea

- Take 2 gms finely ground cinnamon with water. It stops loose motions.

- 1/2 tsp of a mixture of equal quantities of powdered cinnamon and catechu taken 3 times a day stops loose motions.

  • Vomiting Due To Heat

Grind cinnamon. Mix some honey and lick.

  • Constipation & Indigestion

Mix equal quantities of cinnamon, dry ginger, cumin seeds and cardamom powder. Take 1/2 tsp of this mixture with hot water for relief.

  • Influenza

Take 5 gms cinnamon, 2 cloves, 1/4 tsp dry ginger powder. Boil all these in 1 litre of water till 250 ml water remains. Divide this into 3 parts. Take 1 part 3 times a day.

  • Headache

Mix some ground cinnamon in water to make a paste. Apply on the forehead.

  • Stomachache

Mix 1/4 tsp cinnamon &1/4 tsp asafoetida. Grind them. Boil in 250 ml water. Cool.
Take 3 tsp of this water 3 times a day.

  • Skin Problems

Mix some lemon juice in cinnamon powder to make a paste and apply.

  • Cough & Bronchitis

Make a mixture of 1 tsp each of turmeric, ginger, clove, cardamom, black pepper. Mix 3 tsp of brown sugar. Grind to a powder. 1/2 tsp of this to be taken with honey 2 times daily.

  • Insomnia

Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder and 1 tsp honey to hot milk and drink at bedtime.

  • Tension

Take honey with a pinch of cinnamon powder while going to bed at night.

These are some of the health benefits of cinnamon.

Cinnamon Swirl Cookies

Cinnamon & Honey - A Healthy Combination

A very healthy combination this. Capable of curing a variety of diseases some of which are :

Relieve Arthritis Pain (study at Copenhagen University)

In a cup of hot water add 2 tsp honey and 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder. Take 3 times a day. It not only relieves pain but restores mobility in even those who cannot walk.

Control Bladder Infections

In a glass of warm water add 1 tsp honey & 2 tsp cinnamon powder before drinking.

Regulate Cholesterol Levels

Take 2 tsp honey and 3 tsp cinnamon powder. Add to 500 ml hot water. Mix & drink. It is a wonderful combination.

Build Immunity

Take 1 tsp honey and 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder daily to boost immunity levels.

A Digestive

Sprinkle some cinnamon powder on 2 tbsp honey and eat before a meal. It relieves acidity and is good for digesting heavy and large meals.

To Live A Healthy Life

Drink Cinnamon tea every day. The recipe is given in the hub.

For Cancer

Take 1 tbsp honey with 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 3 times a day, for at least one month.

Some Side Effects Of Cinnamon

Normal levels in cooking do not give rise to any side effects with cinnamon use. Doses up to 1/2 tsp at one time are safe and tolerated well. If taking more at one time some side effects may be noted as given below.

  • Skin Rashes, inflammation of the mucosal lining of the mouth and gut.
  • For those on blood-thinning medications like aspirin this could cause bleeding issues.
  • High doses in pregnancy can stimulate uterine contractions.
  • Pure cinnamon oil can burn the skin. It must be diluted before use.
  • Cinnamon in large doses can increase heart rate.
  • Those on medication for high blood sugar should keep in mind that simultaneous consumption of cinnamon can reduce blood sugar levels to very low levels.


The information presented here is for information purposes only.
Please consult your health practitioner or medical doctor before using any home remedies or embarking on a new health regime or practice.

Some Recipes With Cinnamon

  • How to Make Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding Cake
    A spin on a traditional favorite. This dessert has a texture similar to a fruitcake and isn't goopy or custard-like. It's a very photogenic treat, but don't let the picture fool you-- this recipe is simple stuff.
  • Homemade Sugar and Cinnamon Sweet Cornbread with Bak...
    Delicious homemade cornbread with a touch of sweetness. Ready in 30 minutes and easier than you might think. Perfect for solitary indulgence or holiday get-togethers.
  • How To Make Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Muffins
    Oatmeal muffins are one of the best muffins because they can be combined with so many other things. For instance, carob or chocolate chips, apples or pears, cinnamon chips and nuts. Try this great buttermilk soaked oatmeal muffin recipe and some of i

Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Cake

Cinnamon Snap Cookies

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly


G Rad on March 26, 2016:

Thanks for this helpful information. I have stopped taken my cholesterol meds in hope of finding a natural remedy along with finding a solution to controlling my chronic pain. Thank you. I am also thrilled to know that cinnamon stick can assist in quitting smoking. Kudos

CARMEN SPENCE on January 07, 2016:

I have emphysema and Crpohns disease Iwould like to know if the Cinnamon can help me with these ilness's Please.

Kind regards,

Carmen Spence


Zaton-Taran from California on September 28, 2015:

Wow - this hubs a real winner, Rajan Jolly. Try cinnamon with honey to really ramp up the health benefits you can get. Voted up!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 19, 2013:

I'm glad you appreciate the information. Thanks for reading, jsj.

jsj67 from Fort Wayne, IN on April 19, 2013:

As a new "follower" of the health benefits of cinnamon, this was extremely information. Great ideas -- thanks for writing!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 17, 2013:

@ Carol - thanks for the comments and visit.

@ Margaret - I hope this remedy works for you. Appreciate the visit and comments.

@ Mary - Glad you appreciate the effort. Thanks for passing it on.

@ Kathryn - whole black peppercorn is also a very useful remedy for a hoarse throat when mixed with candy sugar and liquorice, and sucked. I'm glad you like the info. Thanks for sharing.

@ Arun - thanks for reading and sharing the hub, my friend.

ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE from KOLKATA on February 17, 2013:

Very useful hub on one of my favourite spices. Thank you you for sharing.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on February 17, 2013:

Rajan, you covered all of the bases! This was a very thorough, enjoyable, and visibly appealing article! I love cinnamon, and sprinkle it over a lot of things, especially my breakfast. I also have a hot cinnamon drink, although I add lemon to it, to help freshen my breath and invigorate me first thing in the morning. Hopefully the lemon doesn't prevent cinnamon's usefulness. I like the Chai recipe. I don't think I have ever made it with black pepper in it. Interesting.

I am sharing this.

Mary Craig from New York on February 17, 2013:

Cinnamon is probably one of the most popular spices ever. The taste, the smell, both so inviting. You've done another fantastic job here Rajan...I can't believe I missed this. I also can't imagine how long it takes you to write a hub with all the wonderful research and information you include...this one is amazing.

Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing.

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on February 17, 2013:

You have such excellent hubs, so full of information and beautifully composed. I have been using cinnamon for arthritis, but I've just been taking it in capsule form. I think I'll try your idea of combining it with honey, and see if that helps. My arthritis has really been flaring up in my hands lately, and I don't like to take medication for it, but prefer natural remedies. Voting this superb hub up, useful and interesting - and sharing!

carol stanley from Arizona on February 17, 2013:

I have heard of many health benefits of cinnamon and try to sneak it in many dishes I cook. Great hub and I always feel good when something I like has so many health benefits. Voting up and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 11, 2012:

@ dahoglund - Cinnamon rolls have much added sugar so it is best to avoid if you are controlling intake of sugar. However there are many other uses that cinnamon can be put to.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing.

@ Girish - In Indian food we have been conditioned to add cinnamon daily. Of course as children we never knew its immense health benefits.

Thanks for reading and giving votes.

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on October 09, 2012:

Great hub and remarkable benefits of cinnamon, although we re using it since childhood, but i never knew it has got so many benefits and so many dishes can be prepared with it, i only perceived it as a spice only, thank you so much, voted useful.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 09, 2012:

The biggest use I make of cinnamon is to mix it with my oatmeal. I love cinnamon rolls but can't eat many because of the sugars. The most interesting use you mention is that of repelling insects. voted up,interesting. sharing with followers.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 22, 2012:

Hi Sheila. I do hope you try these recipes as you are a cinnamon lover. cinnamon tea is wonderful to have in case of coughs and colds. Thanks for all the appreciation, the read and the vots and sharing. You have a good day too.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on July 22, 2012:

Cinnamon is my favorite spice! I sprinkle cinnamon on top of my coffee grounds before I make my coffee. I love cinnamon rolls too. You have such great information here, I am going to have to try some of your recipes. Voted up, useful and sharing. Have a wonderful day!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 17, 2012:

Thank you starstream. I'm happy you found the info useful. I appreciate your visit.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on June 16, 2012:

I usually add a few shakes of cinnamon to my hot chocolate, coffee and toast. Now I know all of the great benefits of cinnamon for our health! Thanks so much.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 16, 2012:

@ - Michelle, cinnamon tea is excellent for giving the much needed warmth to the body when we suffer from cough and cold. Also during winter it is a warming drink. I'm glad you are a cinnamon lover. Many thanks for the votes and share.

@ Melchi - That's wonderful to hear. Now that you have the info tou must be glad you're using it so often. I appreciate your reading, voting and sharing.

Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on June 16, 2012:

I love cinnamon! I try to use it in most dishes whether it's with my morning bowl of oats, mixed in with a curry or in hot chocolate. I didn't know all these things about cinnamon - very interesting!! Thanks for sharing! Voted up and sharing :)

Michelle Taylor from New Jersey on June 16, 2012:

This is a LOT of very useful information! I love cinnamon in my tea and will use it more often now that I know how many benefits there are! Voted up and sharing :-)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 16, 2012:

Hi Sueswan, it really feels good when a hub provides even a wee bit of extra info. I'm happy you found that. Since you are already using it you are deriving its benefits.

Thank you for sparing time to read, comment, vote and share.

Sueswan on June 16, 2012:

I loved this hub on a cinnamon. I know it has many benefits but I didn't know it was a diuretic.

I like cinnamon on my oatmeal and I sprinkle it on dark chocolate.

Voted up and away!

Take Care. :)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 11, 2012:

Thanks, unknown spy. I'm glad you spared time to read and comment.

Thank you.

DragonBallSuper on June 11, 2012:

i love cinnamon. after reading your hub, i love it more!!!

voted up and all!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 08, 2012:

I'm glad you liked the hub. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your votes.

Olde Cashmere on June 08, 2012:

Outstanding hub rajan jolly. I learned so much about Cinnamon by reading this and I thank you for sharing with us. I've always enjoyed Cinnamon in hot chocolate and now I've learned some more great uses I can get from it. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting :)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 07, 2012:

CriticalMessage, well this is the most valuable feedback I've received to date. This info would be priceless to those wanting to kick the smoking habit.

Thanks for this bit of information my friend and also for reading and appreciating the hub.

Murphy from Chicagoland, Illinois on June 07, 2012:

The use of cinnamon sticks as a hand to mouth pacifier for those attempting to quit smoking cigarettes has proven to me personally, to be priceless... The same hand to mouth action but instead of inhaling?, I get to gnaw on the end of the cinnamon stick which not only pacifies that habitual action, but provides me a tasty little treat as a reward... Great article, and thank you for sharing this! ~smiles~

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 06, 2012:

Hi KD, I'm glad you appreciate the information provided and that it has made you go for the healthy cinnamon tea.

Many thanks for sparing the time to read, comment and vote.

KDuBarry03 on June 06, 2012:

Very useful and interesting. It must have taken a great amount of work and studying to obtain all this information! I am definitely going to start adding cinnamon to my tea now. Thank you for sharing, Rajan. I voted Up and useful


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 06, 2012:

Kaili, I'm glad you liked this write up.

Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate the vote.

Kaili Bisson from Canada on June 06, 2012:

Hi rajan...well researched and very informative Hub as usual. I love cinnamon tea...voted up!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 06, 2012:

Aurelio, the health benefits are all more the pronounced as it has an extremely high ORAC value. This compounds the health value. I'm glad you like and use cinnamon.

I appreciate your visit, comments and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 05, 2012:

I do like the taste and the smell of cinnamon. The fact that it has all these health benefits is a bonus. Voting this Up and Useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 05, 2012:

Angelo, your input is wonderful. I'm glad you are already consuming this very healthy spice. It does make for a very pleasant taste.

Thanks for voting and sharing the hub, my friend.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 05, 2012:

whonunuwho, I am glad you like the hub. Thanks for reading. Nice to have a new reader.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 05, 2012:

Christy, I hope you do try the cinnamon tea. The mild aromatic flavor is a delight. During periods of extremely cold weather, I drink cinnamon chai. It keeps at bay many cold weather problems.

Thanks for your feedback and appreciation. Glad to see you again.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 05, 2012:

flashmakeit, I really appreciate your comments and stopping by.

Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 05, 2012:

Bill, allergies are something we have no control over. We'd rather stay from foods that don't suit us though sometimes we may miss out on some real healthy ones.

In the light of this I really value you're reading this and appreciating.

Thank you very much.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 05, 2012:

ladyfountain, nice to learn that the hub informed you of some new facts about cinnamon. I really appreciate your feedback.

Thank you for reading and I hope you like my other hubs as well.

Angelo52 on June 05, 2012:

Great article. I sprinkle cinnamon powder on my homemade trail mixes and eat some most days. Sometimes I'll put some over my oatmeal or even add it to cold cereal. Probably eating 1/2 teaspoon most days. Voted up + shared.

whonunuwho from United States on June 05, 2012:

Thanks for an informative and beneficial hub on good health practices and the value of cinnamon.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 05, 2012:

Thank-you for including the cinnamon tea recipe, I will try this. I used to like cinnamon sprinkled on toast as a girl. Another thorough hub and well-researched. I vote up.

flashmakeit from usa on June 05, 2012:

I love the taste of cinnamon. Thank you the information about the oil from the bark that is an anti microbial, anti fungal, anti pest and it has an anti cancer action.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 05, 2012:

I love cinnamon and you did an excellent job of researching this subject. Unfortunately I am allergic to it and can't eat it. Wonderful hub my friend.

ladyfountain1 on June 05, 2012:

rajan jolly. This is some very useful information. I did not know about the qualities of cinnamon until after reading your hub. I look forward to reading more of your home remedy hubs. Great job.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 05, 2012:

Vellur, glad you liked this information and recipes. Thanks for the read and vote.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 05, 2012:

Another great hub with lots of useful information. The recipes are delicious. Voted up.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 05, 2012:

Yes it does regulate sugar levels, Sherrie. Glad you liked.

Thanks for reading.

sherrie gill on June 05, 2012:

Nice job, it is helpful with diabetes also, by helping to regulate insulin levels.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 05, 2012:

@ DreamerMeg - I'm glad you found the hub useful and informative. Hope you try out the recipes too. Thanks for reading and commenting.

@ Dana - happy to note that you liked the info provided in the hub. I'm happy to see you again and thank you for the read and votes.

Dana Strang from Ohio on June 05, 2012:

This might be my favorite "health food" hub of yours yet. I love cinnamon and had no idea it has so many wonderful health benefits, many of which can help me. Thank you so much for the interesting reading and the useful information! Voted up useful and interesting.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on June 04, 2012:

That was a very useful hub. I like cinnamon but didn't know about all the other uses too, I must try them - an some of the recipes too!

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