The spice cinnamon is bark of Cinnamon tree. The cinnamon tree grows to the height of 10 to 15 feet. The cinnamon tree grows in various parts of world. Among these varieties, cinnamon from SriLanka is considered as the best Spice since it is sweet to taste and has very pleasant aroma. The leaves of this tree is also used as spice and is known as tamala patra or tejpatta . The cinnamon sticks are used in both sweets and spicy foods. It enhances flavour and taste of food. Cinnamon has various names in Ayurveda. Few are given here
Based on Principles of Ayurveda the bark of cinnamon is light to digest and absorbs more water during digestion. This causes dryness of body tissues. It has three tastes combined (sweet, bitter and hot). It is hot in potency.
This bark when used as medicine alleviates vata and kapha. But increases pitta. But cinnamon of sweet variety has the property of normalising pitta due to its sweetness.
Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Cinnamon
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