Description A moderate sized evergreen tree, 8-18 m in height and 50 cm in diameter with reddish brown soft bark, having numerous small warts; leaves ovate or elliptic-ovate, shiny above, 3-5 ribbed from a little above the base, the side ribs ending about three- fourths up, the base usually rounded; flowers small in axillary or sub-terminal cymes or panicles; fruits ovoid berry, dark purple in colour having persistent perianth.
Chemical Constituents Eugenol, O-eugenol, benzaldehyde, cinnamaldehyde, I-a- pinene, I-a-and I-B-phellandrene, p-cymene, caryophyllene, benzoate and linalool. Presence of safrole, acetyleugenol, cinnamyl acetate and cinnamyl alcohol.
Cosmetic Uses Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) has many common everyday uses and some not so common uses. Everybody has probably used cinnamon for some reason, whether for cooking purposes or medicinal purposes. Despite being widely used in food and pharmacy it is also important in the cosmetic and perfumery industries (7). In some areas cinnamon has been known to be used for religious purposes. It is no wonder cinnamon is an important economic plant with all these possible uses for its products. Although it is mildly astringent, Cinnamon has few cosmetic uses as it is strongly stimulating to the skin and warms the body. It is stimulating, toning and warming. o Cosmetics (clove and carnation scent)
Cinnamon Bark One of the spices that spurred world exploration, cinnamon bark is a natural astringent known to suspend excess oil on oily skin or scalp. Uses: The bark is acrid, bitter, sweet, aromatic, astringent, , deodorant, stimulant, alexeteric, expectorant, febrifuge, diuretic, and carminative. It is useful in bronchitis, asthma, cephalalgia, odontalgia, cardiac diseases, diarrhoea, uropathy, nausea and vomiting, flatulence, fever, halitosis and restoring normal skin colour on the face. Cinnamon oil is stomachic, carminative, emenagogue and styptic. Cinnamon is best known for its action on the digestive system as an appetite stimulant, and general tonic.
Cinnamon is known to be beneficial in overcoming general debility and weakness after a bout of 'flu and is a good muscle relaxant.