August 29, 2007

Cinnamon - the wonder herb

Botanical Name - Cinnamon zeylanicum
Sanskrit Name - Tvaka, Utkaöa
Taste/Rasa - Pungent, bitter, sweet
Quality/Guna - Light, dry, sharp
Potency/Virya - Hot
Vipaka - Pungent
Alleviates - Kapha, Vata
Habitat - Cinnamon is native to Asia and grows in tropical or sub-tropical environments.
Medicinal Part - Inner bark, powder from dried leaves and oil from leaves, roots or bark.
Appearance - The tree can grow 20–25 feet high. The bark is rough, brown and brittle. Leaves are glossy and dark-green, 4–7 inches long with several veins running parallel along them. The flowers are small and grow in hairy clusters.

Remedies

Coughs, bronchitis
Mix 1 tsp each of cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cardamom and clove. Add 3 tbsp of raw sugar and grind together to make a fine powder. Take ½–1 tsp of this powder mixed with honey twice per day.

Cold, flu
Boil 1 tsp of cinnamon in 1 cup of water. Simmer until it is half the volume, strain, add honey and drink warm.

Diarrhea
Mix 1 tsp each of cinnamon, ginger and cumin powder with honey to make a paste. Take 1 tsp three times a day

Insomnia
Add ½ tsp of cinnamon powder and 1 tsp of honey to 1 cup of warm milk. Drink before going to bed.

Mouth Purifier
• Boil 1 tsp of cinnamon in 1 cup of water. Cool and use as a gargle.
• Mix equal parts (1 tsp) of cinnamon, cardamom and dried bay leaf in 1 cup of hot water and drink twice daily.

Nervous tension
Take a pinch of cinnamon powder mixed with honey before bed.

Skin disorders
Apply a paste of cinnamon and lime juice daily.

Toothache
Put 1–2 drops of cinnamon oil on a cotton ball and press around the tooth.

Vomiting/Nausea
Eat a pinch of cinnamon powder.

Other uses
Cinnamon is used for flavoring cakes, breads, desserts, drinks and confectionary. It is also used for making incense and perfumes. Taking cinnamon once a day (mixed with warm water, milk or eaten directly) can assist in lactation for nursing mothers.

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