Dalchini is undoubtedly one of the most well-known spices in the world. Remember the cinnamon challenge? And while I strongly disapprove of this internet fad as well, there is something to be said about this sweet yet pungent substance…
Cinnamon contains eugenol, like cloves.1 It also has a compound called cinnamaldehyde. The cinnamon derivative is known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.2
Cinnamon sticks are extracted as bark from inside the tree. Its leaves are also useful; not just in biryani, but also as an essential oil.3 Studies suggest that cinnamon oil can help kill a popular strain of oral bacteria, S. mutans. It has also demonstrated the potential to reduce high blood pressure and help manage diabetes.2
All in all, dalchini’s hot and spicy aroma is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!
Giuliani, Frank (2014) "The Composition, Structure, Sources, and Applications of Eugenol," ESSAI: Vol. 12, Article 19. Available at: http://dc.cod.edu/essai/vol12/iss1/19
Wong, Cathy. The Health Benefits of Cinnamon Essential Oil. https://www.verywellhealth.com/.
Wright, Brittany. “The Health Benefits of Cinnamon.” https://chopra.com/.