Cinnamon has many desirable medicinal and soothing effectsand is used frequently in herbal medicine. The distinctive smell and flavor of cinnamonis due to the essential oils contained in the bark. Cinnamon also containslarge amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants can help protect the body from diseaseand are found in fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. The antioxidants in cinnamonhave been found to have anti-inflammatory effects.