The Medicinal Herb Info site was created to help educate visitors about the often forgotten wisdom of the old ways of treating illnesses. Many of today's drugs and medicines were originally derived from natural ingredients, combinations of plants and other items found in nature.

We are not suggesting that you ignore the help of trained medical professionals, simply that you have additional options available for treating illnesses. Often the most effective treatment involves a responsible blend of both modern and traditional treatments.

We wish you peace and health!


Scientific Names


  • Cinnamomum zeylanicum L.
  • Lauraceae
  • Laurel family

Common Names

  • Gui (Chinese name)
  • Twak (Sanskrit name)
  • Yueh-kuei

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Parts Usually Used

Bark, oil obtained from bark and leaves
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

The dried inner bark of the branches of a small, tropical, evergreen laurel tree. The bark is peeled off and as the pieces are dried, they curl up into quills.
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Where Found

Found growing around marshes.
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Medicinal Properties

Stimulant, alterative, analgesic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, mild laxative
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Biochemical Information

Essential oil including phellandrene, eugenol, gums, sugar, coumarins, cinnamic aldehyde, methuleugenol; mucilage, tannin, sucrose and starch
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Cinnamon was probably the first spice used by man. Ancient records reveal that it was used for more than 5,000 years. The countless flavoring uses of this valuable spice need not be enumerated.

Cinnamon brandy is made by soaking crushed cinnamon bark a fortnight in brandy.

In the Far East, the cinnamon tree is grown in southern China, but is native to Kuangsi. Since ancient times, cinnamon has been used as medicine and the flavoring spice we know today.

Cinnamon has long been used to cure everything from athlete’s foot to indigestion. Early civilizations recognized its ability to stop bacterial growth. The Egyptians used it in embalming. During the Middle Ages, it was mixed with cloves and warm water, and placed in the sick rooms of victims of the Bubonic Plague.

Recent research indicates that cinnamon can have favorable effects on brain function. Participants in a study chewed cinnamon gum or smelled the sweet spice. Cognitive tests revealed that subjects who used cinnamon had better memory functions and could process information more quickly. Encouraged by these findings, scientists will now conduct studies to see if cinnamon will improve mental skills in the elderly and those prone to anxiety before testing.  

Chinese herbalists tell of older people, in their 70s and 80s, developing a cough accompanied by frequent spitting of whitish phlegm. A helpful remedy, they suggest, is chewing and swallowing a very small pinch of powdered cinnamon. Should be of the highest quality, determined by a bitter-sweet taste. If too bitter and/or not oily, the quality is poor. This remedy can also help people with cold feet and hands, especially at night.
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Quills or sticks are used in spiced punches, teas, cooked fruit, pickling liquids. Ground spice used in sweet baked goods, cooked in fruit, and some meat and fish dishes.

Cinnamon raises vitality, warms and stimulates all the vital functions of the body, counteracts congestion, is antirheumatic, stops diarrhea, taken in milk for dysentery, colds, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, nausea and vomiting, improves digestion, relieves abdominal spasms, counteracts gas, aids the peripheral circulation of the blood. Cinnamon tea offers helpful relaxation for the stomach upset by the tension and strain of modern living.

Makes an interesting liqueur.
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Formulas or Dosages

Dose: take a rounded tsp. of cinnamon to a cup of boiling water, stir it and drink while hot. Drink a small portion at a time, 4 to 5 times a day, or drink a cup as needed for griping and pain in the bowels due to gas. Use 1/4 tsp. to a cup of other herbs to flavor them. Put it in with the herbs when the tea is made.

  • Steep your favorite herbal tea with a cinnamon stick adds flavor to the tea
  • Add one-half teaspoon of cinnamon to unsweetened applesauce
  • Add cinnamon to your breakfast cereal or oatmeal
  • Sprinkle on toast
  • Adding cinnamon to butter or cream cheese
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on your morning cup of coffee, cocoa or cappuccino

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How Sold

Powder & Sticks or oil
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Contraindicated in therapeutic doses for pregnant women or individuals with wasting and dryness; especially the essential oil, because the herb is a potential uterine stimulant.

Use this herb with care in feverish conditions and bleeding disorders.
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Resource Links

Herbs That are More Effective in Treating Lyme Than Antibiotics

Turns Out, Not All Cinnamon is the Same

Cinnamon May Help the Body Burn Fat Cinnamon Bark & Cholesterol Benefits of Cinnamon Oil Natural Methods for Lowering Triglycerides & Cholesterol Antidiabetic effects of cinnamon oil in diabetic KK-Ay mice. Cinnamon

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: Cinnamon Anti-inflammatory activities of essential oils and their constituents from different provenances of indigenous cinnamon (Cinnamomum osmophloeum) leaves. Simple in vitro assays to identify amyloid-beta aggregation blockers for Alzheimer’s disease therapy. Antibiofilm effect of trans-cinnamaldehyde on uropathogenic Escherichia coli. Constituents of Cinnamon Inhibit Bacterial Acetyl CoA Carboxylase. Cinnamon extract induces tumor cell death through inhibition of NFkappaB and AP1. Cinnamon: potential role in the prevention of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. Composition, antimicrobial activity and in vitro cytotoxicity of essential oil from Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume (Lauraceae). Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Antidiabetic effects of cinnamon oil in diabetic KK-Ay mice.

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