Dalchini / Cinnamon / Cinnamomum zeylanicum

This plant has richly veined, ovate leaves. Below, the leaves are a dark green tint. Small, yellowish to white, and odorless, the flowers of this plant typically grow in bunches. The fruit has an oval form and is dark purple in color. It contains seeds. The tree also has berries that are deep purple. Younger trees have smooth, pale bark, and elder trees have brittle, rough, and dark bark.

After the tree reaches the age of six or seven, the bark is peeled off and used to make cinnamon sticks. The tree's inner bark is harvested and utilized as a spice. It is typically pounded into a powder, and the tree's leaves and bark have a pleasant scent.

General Description

A typical aromatic spice with beneficial therapeutic effects is "dalchini" or cinnamon. In truth, cinnamon is the dried, tan inner bark of the cinnamon tree. A fragrant essential oil that makes about 0.5% to 1% of Dalchini's makeup is responsible for its flavor. Dalchini can be used to make essential oil.

It has incredible therapeutic qualities like anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, lowering cholesterol level in the body, maintaining sugar level, controlling vomiting, and if used regularly, it can reduce the incidences of breathlessness and contribute to the strength of heart muscle and vascular system. Other benefits of this herb include the ability to avoid madatya symptoms when combined with alcohol consumption. The chemical makeup of this herb is Cinnamaldehyde, Eugenol, Benzaldehyde, Methyl amyl ketone, Phellandrene, Pinene, Cymene, Linalool, Cumic, Aldehyde, Caryophyllene, safrole, Methyl evgenol, Borneol, Cinnamyl alcohol, Cinnzeylanin, Cinnzeylanol,(-) epicatechin, Cinnacassiol D1 etc.


Kingdom: Plantae

Phylum: Magnoliophyta

Class: Magnoliopsida

Order: Laurales

Family: Lauraceae

Genus: Cinnamomum

Species: Zeylanicum


Native to Sri Lanka, this plant. The Western Ghats and nearby hills in western India's coastal region to the south, where it is also found in the wild. This herb is grown outside of India in places like Java, Sumatra, Mauritius, Guyana, Borneo, South America, the West Indies, etc.


Hindi Name - Dalchini

English Name – Cinnamon

Punjabi Name - Dalchini, Darchin

Telugu Name - Lavanga patta

Tamil Name - Ilayangam

Bengali Name - Daruchini

Malayalam Name - Karuvapatta, Ilavarngathely

Oriya Name - Dalechini, Guda twa

Gujarati Name - Taja

Urdu Name - Darchini

French Name - Cammelle

Spanish Name - Canela

Ayurvedic Properties


Hindi / Sanskrit


Rasa (Taste)

Katu, Madhura, Tikta

Pungent, Bitter, Sweet

Guna (Quality)

Laghu, Rooksha, Tikshna

Light, Dry, Piercing

Virya (Potency)



Vipaka (Post-Digestive Taste)



Effects on Doshas

It balances Vata and Kapha doshas.

Classical Categorization






Cinnamon, Cardamom, and Cinnamomum tamala are a group of spices.

Practical Uses of Dalchini 

  • This amazing herb has a variety of medicinal properties, including antimicrobial, anti-clotting, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, diuretic, and aphrodisiac properties. It also contains a high concentration of antioxidants, minerals like manganese, iron, and calcium, and cinnamon oil, which has astringent, antiseptic, and carminative properties.
  • In cases of diabetes, cinnamon has the ability to lower blood glucose levels by increasing insulin sensitivity.
  • It is a natural treatment for headaches, the flu, the common cold, and sore throats.
  • It has effective expectorant and anti-tubercular properties as a natural medicine.
  • Helpful while dealing with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • An effective and useful herb that helps lower cholesterol levels and strengthen the heart muscle, making it a promising herbal treatment for congestive heart failure.
  • Herb is very efficient in treating dysmenorrhea and relieving menstrual discomfort.
  • Its forehead application aids in the alleviation of headache and migraine symptoms.
  • Dalchini is a digestive remedy that is effective in reducing ulcer and indigestion-related irritation.
  • Inflammation that is linked to neurological illnesses like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis can be reduced with the help of cinnamon.
  • The majority of urinary tract infections can be treated with this herb since it is an effective anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
  • It is used as a paste and is helpful in cases of primary syphilis.
  • Regularly inhaling the scent of cinnamon improves memory and cognitive function in the brain.
  • It has the ability to get rid of blackheads and acne.
  • Another effective method for treating toothaches
  • It has qualities that might make skin tone lighter.
  • In addition to controlling hair loss, dalchini also improves the appearance of the skin.
  • Benefits of dalchini for weight loss and maintenance.
  • It works well for conditions like paralysis, anorexia, and sleeplessness.

Part Used

Stem Bark


Cinnamon Oil


Stem Bark Powder - 1-3 gm.

Leaves Powder - 1-3 gm.

Oil - 2-5 drops

Ayumantra Ayurvedic Product from Cinnamomum zeylanica

Cinnamon Capsules


Although there haven't been any known negative effects, an excessive amount can cause hemorrhage, vomiting, nausea, and seizures.

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