Flowers of Canella, Wild Cinnamon - Canella Winterana syn. C. Alba (Canellaceae)

Medicinal Use of Canella, Wild Cinnamon – Canella Winterana syn. C. Alba (Canellaceae)


White-barked tree growing to 49 ft (15 m). Has elliptical leaves, red flowers, and purple-black berries.

Habitat & Cultivation

Native to the Caribbean and Florida, canella is found in coastal swamps and scrubland. The bark is collected by gently beating the branches.

Part Used



Canella contains about 1% volatile oil (including eugenol, alpha-pinene, and caryophyllene), alpha-aldehydes (including canellal), resin, and mannitol.

History & Folklore

Canella has for a long time been used as a flavoring for tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum).

Medicinal Actions & Uses

Canella is cytotoxic (kills cells), antifungal, and repels insects. It is also aromatic, stimulant, and antiseptic. Canella is often used in the West Indies and Latin America as a substitute for cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.). The infusion is drunk for its pleasant flavor and tonic effect (the bark is considered a sexual stimulant). Canella is also used for stomach problems and indigestion.