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3 Healing Scents for the Holiday Season

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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.

Uses:

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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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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2:46PM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Thank you

10:54AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Thanks for posting, loved it!

6:15AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Thanks. Worth trying.

8:28AM PST on Jan 2, 2012

some of my favorite fragrances of oils.... really looking for a headache aid though...

9:14AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

I love simmering orange peels and cinnamon on the stove top, it makes the house smell wonderful.

8:55AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Thank you

8:27PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Thanks, will try.

10:55PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

I agree, adding different scents to a room can change the mood & atmosphere. I use it all the time!

2:29PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

i will give it a try this christmas.thank you

9:11AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

This intrigues me. Will give it a try.

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