Cinnamon flower (Cinnamomi flos)

Published March 11, 1992.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Zimtblüten

Name of Drug

Cinnamomi flos, cinnamon flower.

Composition of Drug

Cinnamon flower consists of the dried flowers of Cinnamomum aromaticum Nees (syn. C. cassia Blume) [Fam. Lauraceae], collected after withering, as well as preparations thereof.

Uses

Preparations of cinnamon flower are used for "blood purification." The effectiveness for the claimed application is not documented.

Risks

Frequently allergic reactions in skin and mucosa.

Not to be used in case of sensitivity to cinnamon or Peruvian balsam and during pregnancy.

Evaluation

Since the effectiveness for the claimed use is not documented, and because of the risks involved, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended. There is no objection to its use as a flavor corrigent.