The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum verum

Common Names and Synonyms: Common Cinnamon

Background: Cinnamon is used by herbalists to relieve nausea and vomiting.  Cinnamon also produces a mild astringency that is helpful for diarrhea.  Native to southern Asia, the cinnamon tree has provided a spice known the world over.  Most cinnamon comes from Asia and the West Indies.  The bark is stripped from the tree and dried.  Used extensively for cakes and cookies, and to mask unpleasant tasting herbs in tonics, cinnamon has a reputation for settling the stomach.

Cinnamon in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce recommended cinnamon in a variety of applications, most frequently as an ingredient in clary water or in combination with lime water (and frequently potassium iodide and potassium bromide) to settle the stomach.
  • Numerous readings specify that the cinnamon should be in the form of bark or stick.
  • Cinnamon was typically used in conjunction with other substances.  Although a wide diversity of  combinations were given, the most common substances mentioned in the same readings with cinnamon were as follows:
      Garden Sage 82 readings
      Ambergris 79 readings
      Gin 67 readings
      Potassium Bromide 58 readings
      Potassium Iodide 54 readings
      Beet Sugar 39 readings
      Juniper 28 readings
      Tolu 19 readings
      Ragweed 14 readings
Cayce Quotes on Cinnamon

(Q)  What about alcoholic stimulants?
(A)  The Clarey Water [Clary Water] is composed of alcoholic stimulants.  That is not needed in this, only enough to keep it as long as it is taken in the intestines.  That is composed of gin, cinnamon, and tary [clary] flower.  That takes up or similates the gastric juices of the stomach.  [See 5676-1, Par. B1 for detailed formula.]

    Then we would give stimulating forces to the supply of the digestive organs of the body, that is, through the stomach.  A sedative to the body forces of gin, sugar, sage and cinnamon mixed together.  An active principle for the kidneys, liver; stimulation for the secretions of the intestines.

    Now, we find, we have given very specifically as to how these medicinal properties should be prepared.  We would prepare the sage tea first, while warm, sufficient to easily dissolve the beet sugar, and only use beet sugar.  This should be prepared in the medicinal properties, then adding Ambergris dissolved in the alcohol, then adding the Gin (Gordon's dry), then adding the Cinnamon.  These properties taken in this manner with the system, the sage becomes the sedative, and an active principle with the gastric juices and an incentive to the emunctories in liver, and with the sediments from the Ambergris as stimulated by the alcohol, and beet sugar, will give the action necessary to the pancreas and duodenum to receive the incentive for their functioning.  This we find in the sugar properties, with the mixture in the system, does not become the active principle as that in cane sugar.  Hence the beet or vegetable.
    In the system below the digestion in stomach, the Cinnamon and Gin becomes the active principle with the hepatic circulation.  These properties should be taken in the system in small quantities, as has been outlined.

To 2 ounces of a 2% solution of lime water, add 2 ounces of a 10% solution of cinnamon water.   To this 10 minims of a 10% solution of Iodide Potassium, with 5 minims of 10% solution Bromide Potassium.
    The dose of this would be 3 to 5 drops in water, taken every 1, 2, 3 or 4 hours, according to the needs of the condition of the body.  This we would find will offer the correct balance in the system for nausea as is produced by the motion, for the action of same is of a nerve condition, produced by unbalancing of the hypogastric and pneumogastric plexuses, producing nausea, headache, to the body.  This we find would work direct with the system as in this:  The lime water offering the reaction in gastric juices to produce elimination, the cinnamon offering the sediment and sedative or the gastric juices, while the Iodide and Bromide act as the sedimentary forces for the nerve system, pneumogastric and hypogastric each being acted upon in a different manner by the two in the combination with each other in this manner.

    [140], we find the trip would be well, change in the scenes and the conditions would be good.  We will have some inconveniences through nausea.  These may be assisted by keeping cinnamon and limewater at hand, or taking sips of these occasionally.

... giving internally small doses limewater and of cinnamon water, equal parts, to settle the stomach, reduce irritation.

Lime water, spoonful at time, every few minutes, or fifteen to twenty minutes apart, to reduce the nausea.  Cinnamon may be added after osteopathic treatments are given, so that assimilation may take place in the body.

(Q)  What may she do to prevent getting so terribly train sick, as she always does?
(A)  Using those properties, as has been given for train sickness; [See 106-7] equal parts lime water and cinnamon water, with the drops as per the amount as given (proportion it so) of Iodide Potassium solution and Bromide Potassium solution, for this taken without too much foods will prevent the nausea, train sickness and headaches produced from same, see?

On such a voyage (if sea voyage taken), use those of equal parts of cinnamon water and lime water as an alternative for the settling of the stomach and digestive system.

(Q)  What causes nausea?  Give treatment.
(A)  Lime water, Cinnamon water, Iodide Potassium, Bromide Potassium - this will prevent nausea.  This produced from conditions existent in the physical forces as come from mental reactions in system.  This, however, as we will find, will prevent the body from taking properties that will produce the disturbances in system - or make it very sick!
(Q)  In the same proportion as that given for seasickness?
(A)  Give in THIS proportion:

                  Lime Water............................1 ounce,
                  Cinnamon Water........................1 ounce,
                  Iodide of Potassium, 10% solution....20 minims,
                  Bromide of Potassium, 10% solution...40 minims.

    The dose would be teaspoonful in half a glass of water.

    When there are the acute conditions, if the gums would be painted with Oil of Cinnamon this would relieve the condition much better than giving any sedative.


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