Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon Essential Oil Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinnamon’s botanical name, comes from trees native to China and South East Asia. Its use is recorded in Chinese journals as early as 2700 B.C. During the middle ages, the Arabs that traded Cinnamon preserved their monopoly of the spice trade by claiming it was harvested from the nest of ferocious birds while under attack. Many believe Cinnamon attracts wealth and prosperity.
Obtained from its bark or leaf, the reddish brown spicy oil warms the heart with its ability to help the melancholia and lift one’s spirit from depression caused by lethargy and lack of vitality.
Cinnamon is revered for its antiseptic properties and is best known for the treatment of stomach ailments including a sluggish digestive system, flatulence and intestinal disorders. Medical research reveals Cinnamon can lower blood glucose and help with the metabolism in controlling diabetes. Some recent studies have shown that if you consume as little as ½ teaspoon of Cinnamon powder each day you may be able to reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels by as much as 20%. Some believe it is a substance known as MHCP that causes Cinnamon to reignite the body’s fat cells to respond to insulin and this dramatically increases the removal of glucose. Other studies being conducted reveal new evidence that it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, along with being an anti-oxidant agent, which can lower cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose as well as improve the functioning of insulin in the body. (Please note: Cinnamon essential is 70-80 times more potent than Cinnamon powder, see application for dilution rate.)
While Cinnamon is used more extensively in cooking and flavoring of beverages because of its pleasant taste than in aromatherapy, it certainly has its place for combating viral and infectious diseases. In the book, Cinnamon and Cassia, by P. N. Ravindran, K. Nirmal Babu, M. Shylaja the authors stated: The different investigations reveal that Cinnamon shows both immune system potentiating and inhibiting effects. Kaishi-ni-eppi-ichi tu, a Chinese herbal preparation containing Cinnamon as its main constituent, has been shown to exhibit antiviral action against the influenza virus.
According to The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Cinnamon essential oil makes an excellent mosquito repellent because of its high concentration of cinnamaldehyde, an active mosquito killing agent.
Cinnamon blends well with Frankincense, Orange, Lemon, Rosemary, Lavender and Onycha (Benzoin).
Plant Origin: China, Southeast Asia, India
Medicinal Properties: Anti-microbial, anti-infectious, antibacterial (for large spectrum of infection), antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, anticoagulant, antidepressant, and emotional stimulant.
Traditional Uses: Fungal infections (Candida), general tonic, and increases blood flow when previously restricted. Good for digestive system, calms spasms, high blood pressure, colitis, flatulence, diarrhea and nausea. It is known to ease muscular spasms and painful rheumatic joints, as well as general aches and pains. It also affects the libido and is known as an aphrodisiac. Several studies suggest that Cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with type II diabetes. In some studies, Cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, Cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. It has shown to have an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
Application: Dilute 1 part essential oil with 4 parts carrier oil and apply one to two drops on location; diffuse; or massage. Cinnamon may be used in food or beverage as a dietary supplement. Capsule, 0 size. Caution: This oil may be a potent skin irritant (skin may turn red or burn) be sure to dilute with carrier oil. Because of its high phenol content, it is best diluted (1 drop to 40 or 50 drops of a carrier oil, such as extra-virgin olive oil) before applying to the skin. If the mixture is too hot, apply additional diluting oil. Use extreme care as it may irritate the nasal membranes if inhaled directly from diffuser or bottle. Avoid during pregnancy.
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