Powdered bark (or bark quills).
Widely used in many foods since the Elizabethan times and especially in Indian and Oriental cookery.
Use 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Key actions: Used to lower and regulate blood sugar levels. Also has analgesic properties.
In clinic: Used to treat diabetics and made into ointments for pain post-surgery.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Infusion: Use 1 teaspoon of dried cinnamon to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Tincture: Take 3 ml (1:3 tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:1 25%. Take 1 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Dried Herb: Maximum of 2 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.
Ellingwood in 1919 wrote that cinnamon had "long been used as a carminative [for indigestion] and local gastric stimulant. It has a mild influence which is grateful and soothing. It has been used to check nausea and vomiting and to relieve flatulence. Its rare properties have been overlooked by the profession ... Midwives and old nurses have long given a strong infusion of cinnamon to control postpartum haemorrhage, and it has been advised in “nose-bleed” and in flooding during miscarriage and in menorrhagia [heavy periods]. It has also been useful in diarrhoea and dysentery."
Added to ointments, body scrubs and spa treatments.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family. Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
None known. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
If you start taking high amounts of cinnamon along with a blood sugar-lowering drug, such as metformin, the combination may cause your blood sugar to drop too low (hypoglycaemia). Please be aware of this if making cinnamon part of your daily diet, and discuss the dietary changes with your GP so that your dose of metformin can be lowered if necessary.
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