Cinnamon or Dalchini is a spice and a medicine that is extracted from the inner bark of a small green tree, which has oval leaves, berry fruit and thick bark. Apart from the bark, Dalchini spice is also extracted from the leaves of the plant.
Dalchini is used to add an aroma and flavor to tea, sweets, savory dishes and traditional foods. Not just flavor, Dalchini benefits are numerous. It is proven to be effective for several ailments & diseases, skin issues and hair problems too. Also, both Ayurveda and Chinese folk medicine make use of Dalchini benefits in their medicines.
Lists of Dalchini Benefits:
In addition to benefiting the skin and hair, Dalchini has a lot of medicinal properties as well. Dalchini improves the circulation in the body and thus, strengthens the immune system. It is a natural treatment for cold, cough, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Below is the list of benefits:
Helps in reducing Arthritic pain
One of the most important Dalchini benefits is the reduction of pain due to Arthritis. Dalchini has anti-fungal properties due to the presence of a compound called Cinnamomum. This makes it a good anti-inflammatory and antibacterial spice. The natural heating property in Dalchini helps in providing relief in joint aches.
How to use:
Make a fine paste of cinnamon & water. Apply this paste on your joints for quick relief.
Helps in making bones stronger
Studies indicate that one tablespoon Dalchini contains 8% Calcium, 3% Vitamin K, 4 grams of fibre, and 0 grams of sugar and fat. Thus, Dalchini helps in strengthening the bones. It makes bones and joint stronger for long.
How to Use?
Boil Dalchini in milk and drink that milk every day.
Good for Diabetes & Cardiovascular Diseases:
Dalchini contains polyphenols which reduces the total serum glucose, triglycerides and the total cholesterol of a person by triggering the insulin receptors.
Dalchini also contains vasodilatory properties which help in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
How to use?
Boil Dalchini in water for 15 minutes and then strain that water. You can also add Tulsi and honey in Dalchini tea. Do not drink at once, instead, keep sipping the tea throughout the day.
Helps in Fighting tooth decay
Dalchini has antibacterial properties and it is known to be effective for teeth and gums. It also helps in preventing Gingivitis and bad breath.
How to use?
Boil Dalchini in water and use that water for gargling every morning. For those suffering from Gingivitis, you may chew a small piece of Dalchini.
Helps in Cold
Suffering from cold, cough and fever? Dalchini can help you get relief from headache, cold and dizziness.
How to use?
Take a tablespoon of Dalchini powder and mix it with honey. Take this mix to recover from cold & fever. You can take some Dalchini-ginger tea or Dalchini milk.
Dalchini contains manganese, essential oils, fibre and calcium. The essential oil in Dalchini improves digestion and reduces the effect of gastric juices on the body and helps in relieving constipation, ulcers, diarrhoea and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). On the other hand, fibre and calcium present in Dalchini combine with bile salts and remove them outside the body.
How to use?
Boil Dalchini in water and add a few mint leaves. Have this tea 2 to 3 times a day and this will help you get relief from stomach upset.
Helps in losing weight
Dalchini helps in losing weight by producing and using insulin and regulating the breakdown of carbohydrates in the body. It thus, helps in digesting food and thereby losing weight.
How to use?
Make Dalchini tea and drink the tea with honey every day, half an hour before breakfast. You can also add Dalchini powder on your coffee, salad or any other food item.
Dalchini contains essential oil and anti-microbial properties and thus it is an effective remedy for treating pimples that arise due to an infection in the pores on the skin. Honey, on the other hand, is low on water and thus when combined Dalchini it helps in removing moisture from the skin.
How to use?
Grind Dalchini and mix a little honey in it. Apply it on the pimple and leave it for a few minutes. Wash off the paste with hot water.
Now we have gone through the Dalchini benefits in details, we also know that Dalchini is rich in manganese, calcium and iron and possesses medicinal and carminative properties which help in curing a lot of ailments and diseases. Right from Parkinson’s disease to cholesterol and diabetes, Dalchini also helps in fighting viruses and bacteria that may cause diseases like E-coli and UTIs. You can take Dalchini in any form, be it stick, powder, capsules or even Dalchini oil.
As we have discussed benefits of Dalchini in detail, now lets know more about Dalchini.
Scientific Name of Dalchini:
The scientific name of Dalchini is -Cinnamomum zeylanicun (indigenous to Sri Lanka), Cinnamomum verum.
How is Dalchini Extracted?
- To extract Dalchini, it is important that the stems are processed while the inner branches are still wet. Thus, the process of extraction needs to be done as soon as the plant is harvested.
- The outer bark of the stem is scrapped and then the stem is hammered evenly to loosen the inner bark. The hammered bark is then rolled into long rolls. The rolled barks are then dried and within 4 to 6 hours they are ready.
- The dry barks are then cut into 5 cm to 10 cm long sticks. These sticks are then they are packed to be sold in the market.
Where is Dalchini found?
Dalchini is grown and found in:
- Sri Lanka
How does Dalchini get its flavor?
Dalchini gets its flavor and aroma from the essential oils present in the bark of the tree, the main element of which is cinnamaldehyde.
Taste of Dalchini
Dalchini has a bitter, pungent and a sweet taste at the same time. It is also known to have a hot and dry potency and strong qualities.