I have always been interested in alternative healing methods. Particularly, I am drawn to essential oils. There has been a lot of discussion about how cinnamon could be beneficial to people like me with diabetes. So I have done a little research and have compiled some information on cinnamon in its essential oil form. It would stand to reason that its healing properties would also apply to it in supplement form too. What follows is for informational purposes only.
Cinnamon Essential Oil is derived from one of the oldest spices known to man. It is mentioned in the Bible. Ancient Egyptians used it in the embalming process as well as a medicine and as a beverage flavoring. Cinnamon Essential Oil also dates back to 2,700 B.C. where it is mentioned in the early books on Chinese botanical medicine. It was one of the most relied upon spices in Medieval Europe. It was also a popular trade item between Inda, China and Egypt.
Cinnamon Essential Oil originates from Indonesia and is cultivated in Shri Lanka and India.
It is steam distilled from the leaves of a tropical rust colored tree that can grow as tall as 45 feet. Cinnamon gets its name from the Greek word “Kinnamon” which means tube and pipe.
Many studies have been done on the medicinal properties of Cinnamon Essential Oil. These studies suggest that it is anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting, and anti-microbial. It has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 Diabetes. Tests have also shown that it helps to lower cholesterol and triglycerides as well.
Just the smell of Cinnamon Essential Oil can help to boost brain activity and alertness.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Cinnamon Essential Oil is known for its warming qualities and its use as a remedy for cold and flu symptoms.
The following is a list of some more common uses for Cinnamon Essential Oil.
Physical and Emotional Stimulant
Viral, Fungal & Bacterial Illnesses
Since Cinnamon Essential Oil is a “hot” oil that feels very warm when applied, it can irritate sensitive skin. It should always be mixed with a carrier oil or diluted before applying it to the skin. It probably shouldn’t be used during pregnancy or on young children. It is very effective when applied to the soles of the feet and when diffused into the air.
Cinnamon Essential Oil blends well Chamomile, Ginger, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, and Orange Essential Oils.
The information provided in this article on Cinnamon Essential Oil is not intended as medical advice. Always consult your healthcare provider before beginning any alternative healing method.
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