Cinnamon’s sweet, warm, spicy scent is reminiscent of mulled cider and pumpkin pie. This wonderfully rich essential oil provides for a cozy feel while stimulating the mind and uplifting the spirit.
Perfect for diffusing before guests arrive or simply adding to your natural household cleaners, cinnamon is a surprisingly useful oil to keep around the house.
Cinnamon: Cinnamonum zeylanicum
Health benefits of Cinnamon essential oil:
Highly anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, cinnamon is an antidepressant, a powerful antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, emotional stimulant, and general tonic.
· improves digestion, and calms spasms, colitis, flatulence, diarrhea and nausea
· reduces depression and the pain and frequency of headaches
· eases painful rheumatic joints as well as general aches and pains
· can be used to treat bronchitis, asthma, Athlete’s Foot, Candida, diarrhea, coughs, and fungal infections
· increases blood flow, and is a stimulating and uplifting aphrodisiac
· it may even be able to regulate diabetes and high blood pressure
Words of Caution: If applied topically, cinnamon must be highly diluted, as it is a very “hot” essential oil, and can easily burn the skin. The common recommendation is a dilution of less than 1% concentration in a carrier oil. Always do a small test spot with your diluted oil to check for sensitivity or allergic reaction. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Not to be used with children less than 5 years old.
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