Amazing Benefits of Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon, originated in tropical Asia and its scientific name is Cinnamomum zeylanicum. Earlier it was explicitly used in Sri Lanka and India in a wide range, however, now, this shrub is grown in almost every tropical region of the world. Cinnamon is one of the most popular spices in seasoning and remedial uses.
This spice, owing to its vast medicinal usage, has found an extrusive position in the traditional medical field, especially in Ayurveda, which is the traditional Indian treatment system but, the cinnamon essential oil, which is an extract of the spice has profuse health benefits! This oil has been used in many cultures for treating a variety of health disorders
The health benedicts of cinnamon oil can be attributed to its antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, astringent and anti-clotting properties. The spice is rich in essential minerals such as manganese, iron, and calcium, while if consumed as a spice, it has a high content of fiber. We tend to think of cinnamon as a stick or powder, but cinnamon oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) has been used as a tonic, digestive aid, and much more for centuries. From the Cassia lineage, it is a very hot oil in properties, so don't go inhaling this one straight from the bottle i.e. if you would like to keep your nose’ hair intact! However, when diffused its aroma is very warm and spicy…cinnamon-y. It's most commonly used for matters of the immune system. You must know that it can also be useful for cleaning, air quality, and mood support. Cinnamon oil is obtained from the bark and leaves of the cinnamon tree. This oil does has various applications in aromatherapy.
Cinnamon Essential Oil’s Emotional Benefits
Lesser known facts about this oils are that emotionally and spiritually, cinnamon oil is related to the lower chakras and can allow self-acceptance as well as self-confidence and the clearing of blocked emotions from any past traumas. It also corresponds to our sense of safety and security, which when out of balance, can leave a person feeling insecure or jealous. So it is very beneficial for supporting healthy relationships, healthy boundaries, and healthy sexuality, as well.
Other Benefits of Cinnamon Essential Oil
1. Effective Mosquito Killer
Cinnamon oil is a fantastic mosquito repellent. Research has now proved that it is very effective in killing mosquito larvae. Its bark is also an extremely good source of cinnamaldehyde, which is an active mosquito-killing agent. It is an environmentally safe solution for solving the global menace and disease-spreading through mosquitoes.
2. Warm and Cozy Diffuser Blend
Mix a few drops in a diffuser and let the aroma take over.
3. Refreshing Room Freshener
The pleasant aroma of cinnamon oil makes it very emphatic as a room freshener. It is often added to potpourris in my house. I know so many people who mix it in the potpourris in their house and it smells divine.
4. Treats Infections
Due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties, it is effective for treating infections. Companies that make the oil claim that it is a good antibacterial and antifungal agent, making it very effective in the treatment of infections. Research has also proven that oil obtained from the leaves and twigs of cinnamon can be used for controlling mites that negatively affect honey bees. However, the method of its usage has to be determined by consulting an expert.
5. Steps Up the Brain Function
Researchers at a renowned University in the United States claim that cinnamon essential oil spreads the fragrance of the spice which has the ability to boost brain’s function.
6. Acts as a Blood Purifier
Cinnamon can also help to remove impurities from our blood. This also makes it a great treatment for pimples! However, the method of its usage has to be determined by consulting an expert.
7. Relieves Pain
Cinnamon oil is also an anti-inflammatory substance, so it assists in removing stiffness of the muscles and joints. It is also recommended for arthritis and is known to help in removing headaches caused by cold.
8. Weight Loss
Cinnamon oil helps in controlling the weight by using it to massage your body.
9. Anti Fungal
Just apply two to three drops on the feet or add to a foot bath for fungal foot infections such as athlete’s foot.
10. Digestive Aid
Mix two drops with carrier oil and apply to the stomach to calm digestive spasms, indigestion and nausea.
11. Fly Repellent
Apply diluted cinnamon oil to exposed skin and dab on clothing. This works on biting flies and to repel flies too.
Feeling down? Diffuse cinnamon oil in your home or office. It is a known antidepressant.
13. Anti-Flu Agent
Cinnamon oil can be used to prevent the flu and other illnesses! French researchers showed that in concentrations of 10% or less, cinnamon oil is effective against Staphylococcus, E. coli and several antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Try diffusing it in your home during cold and flu season!
14. Anti Lice
It is an effective treatment for head lice. If you know it is going to your kids school, a great preventative treatment is to add 4 drops to 1-ounce vinegar and 1-ounce water. Use as a hair rinse. Use extreme caution to not get in the eyes. Perform a skin patch test and use extra caution with children.
15. For Better Concentration
Having difficulty with concentration and focus? Diffuse a blend of 2 drops cinnamon, 2 drops rosemary and 5 drops lemon. Just smelling cinnamon has been shown to improve brain activity.
16. Pain Reliever
Feeling achy? Add a few drops of the carrier oil to relax tight muscles, ease painful joints and relieve menstrual cramps. Massaging the abdomen ten to fifteen minutes a day for seven days prior to the start of menstruation helps with painful menses that are accompanied by heavy bleeding. Just mix 1/5 parts cinnamon oil, 1.5 parts clove oil, 1 part lavender oil and 1 part rose oil. Dilute with sweet almond oil at 5% dilution.
Precautions of Cinnamon Oil:
Always and always dilute! This oil is not suitable for children under 6 and should be always diluted more for children over 6! Diffuse with caution as well, since this potent oil may irritate nasal passages Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose.
It is strong in nature hence cinnamon oil should be avoided for internal consumption. Since it can have adverse effects on the skin if used topically in concentrated form, therefore, you should use it in diluted form.
It should be tested to make sure it suits your skin type. You should apply only a small quantity of the oil initially and check if you develop an allergic reaction. Do not apply the oil to the face and other sensitive areas.
It is added to many aromatherapy preparations because this oil blends well with various essential oils. It elevates the effectiveness of other herbs and essential oils, thus expediting the treatment of various herbal remedies.
Many herbs can have an unpleasant taste and cinnamon or cinnamon oil is often added to herbal preparations to make them smell better. The oil blends well with other essential oils such as lemon essential oil, rosemary essential oil, geranium essential oil, lavender essential oil, and cardamom essential oil.