Cinnamon side effects

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.

(Cinnamomun zeynalicum Breine)


What side effects cinnamon has?

Photography of cinnamon

Photography of cinnamon

  • Contact dermatitis: in sensitive individuals cinnamon can cause contact dermatitis.

  • Allergy and redness of the skin: the essential oil is sensitizer and can cause allergies when applied on the skin. For its allergenic potential, the extract and cinnamon essential oil should not be given to children under 6 years.

  • Vomiting, nausea and diarrhea: aromatic components can cause various digestive symptoms when taken in large quantities, such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

  • Colic: cinnamon contains substances in its essential oil (cinnamaldehyde) that can cause gallstone biliary colic.

  • Decreased blood sugar: cinnamon extract can reduce blood sugar levels. Check with your doctor before taking cinnamon extract if you have diabetes, to agree on treatment guidelines and avoid hypoglycemia.

Precautions using cinnamon

  • Do not use extract or essential oil of cinnamon if you are pregnant: not recommended in pregnant women because safety has not been demonstrated in these cases.

* Related information: Cinnamon contraindications, cinnamon toxicity

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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