When you think of cinnamon, what do you think of?
Maybe you think of Christmas and the spicy smell that distinctly follows the cinnamon name. Maybe it makes you think of pinecones or maybe you associate the smell to baking.
Cinnamon is widely associated with winter and the holiday season, but cinnamon bark essential oil has so many more uses and association than that.
When I think of cinnamon, I think uplift and brighten!! Cinnamon bark essential oil has an abundance of hidden talents. It is great for cleansing the air, supporting the immune system, increasing circulation, and decreasing depression.
I put one drop in my morning detox drink:
- 8-10 oz. hot water with 1 oz organic apple cider vinegar, 2 drops lemon EO, and 1/4 tsp. raw honey; it helps to balance my blood sugar and gently detox my digestive tract. (I make this once a day – in the morning before I drink or eat anything else or an hour before dinner.)
- When any of us are starting to feel something coming on I make it with 2 drops Shield Blend oil added to the above recipe.
- Our children love a drop in their drinks or with butter on pancakes or in my special bullet proof hot drink! ♥ The pure essential oil of cinnamon is much more concentrated than the powder. It is a "hot" oil so please dilute in a carrier oil (I use fractioned coconut oil).
It has also been linked to assisting in weight loss because of its detoxification properties and digestion support qualities.
There is also the great historical fact that cinnamon is a wonderfully quick, on the go breath freshener; just place one drop on your tongue or dig a clean, unused toothpick in the oil and use as normal.
As you may guess, cinnamon bark essential oil is spicy in scent and can be a little “hot” when you used topically without carrier oil.
Be sure to read this article on how those with diabetes can benefit from adding cinnamon into their daily routine!
Suggested and Possible Uses of Cinnamon Oil:
Properties: Antibacterial, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Antiseptic and Astringent
Put a few drops of cinnamon oil into cakes, pies or cookies.
Repellent place where bugs and roaches are a problem.
Apply topically (dilute) to help with aches and pains.
- Airborne Bacteria
Diffuse this oil during cold and flu season, or add to a cotton ball and stick in your car's vent while you drive.
- Bacterial Infections
Modern Essentials recommends using cinnamon oil aromatically (such as diffusing) or topically (diluted). Try massaging over the area of infection within a carrier oil.
Prevent infections and irritation by diluting 1 drop of cinnamon bark oil with 3 drops of carrier oil and applying over the area.
For respiratory issues, such as asthma, start by diffusing in the air. You can also try direct inhalation (not too close at first) or massaging over the chest and neck (diluted first).
Cinnamon oil is "Generally Recognized as Safe" (GRAS) by the FDA, and can be used in cooking. Start off with a single drop (or less, using a toothpick to grab a small amount) until you know your ratios.
Cinnamon oil has been shown to help regulate blood sugar. Add to your food, take 1-2 drops within an empty capsule, or use for self massage over the area of the pancreas.
Help decrease the inflammation and promote healing by massaging the diluted cinnamon oil over the abdomen daily.
- Fungal Infections
Diffuse in the air, and apply topically to the area of concern or to the soles of the feet for fast absorption.
- General Tonic
Diffusing this in the air on a regular basis is uplifting and supports the immune system. You can also use it topically, or in a bath.
- Immune System Stimulate
Diffuse throughout cold and flu season, within the classroom (makes a great gift for teachers), or add to the bath or steam tent while you're fighting a bug.
Depending on the type of infection you can massage the diluted cinnamon bark oil into the soles of the feet, over the area of concern, or simply diffuse throughout the area
- Libido Stimulate
Cinnamon oil is said to be an aphrodisiac for many. Try aromatic or topical usage on a regular basis (but I wouldn't apply it topically THERE).
Fight fungus, mildew, and mold by applying cinnamon to the area. Use it in your cleaning products, diffuse it regularly in areas prone to mold, or apply it directly
- Pancreas Support
As stated above (Diabetes), cinnamon oil has been found to support blood sugar levels and healthy pancreas function. Massage the diluted oil over the pancreas, to the soles of the feet, or use in cooking or as a supplement.
- Physical Fatigue
Cinnamon bark oil is very warming and may increase circulation, blood flow to the brain and energy levels when used aromatically. Try diffusing, adding to a bath, or even inhaling from the bottle.
During illness, diffuse cinnamon bark oil into the room to aid the healing process.
This bacterial infection may be cleared with cinnamon oil. Apply a diluted mixture to the soles of the feet daily, or use for a full body massage. Diffuse it regularly.
- Vaginal Infection/Vaginitis
Diluted cinnamon oil may assist in fighting infections. Be sure to check for sensitivity and use caution. Start by massaging over the lower abdomen and groin area. If you feel confident, many women will use a diluted mixture for vaginal insertion.
- Viral Infections
Very antiviral, massage the diluted cinnamon oil into the soles of the feet, over the area of concern, or over the whole body.
The opposite of peppermint, cinnamon bark oil is very warming. Massage over your heart center, into the soles of the feet or around the neck for the best results.
- Other possible uses include: circulation booster, fighting colds or coughs, aiding in digestion, increasing energy, eases inflammation associated with rheumatism, and even removing warts.
“Mulled Cider” Diffuser Blend
- 2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
- 2 drops wild orange essential oil
- 1 drop clove essential oil
Fill diffuser to designated water line, add the essential oils and enjoy!
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