Cinnamon is the thinly rolled inner bark of an evergreen tree that grows mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka, in Madagascar, and in the West Indies. As well as a flavoring for sweet and savory dishes, cinnamon can be used medicinally; it acts as a digestive and stimulant, and calms the stomach. It also a natural antiseptic. In India cinnamon is commonly used in meat and rice dishes, and in Garam Masala (see garam masala). It is also one of the ingredients of commercially manufactured curry powder.