Benefits of Cinnamon

This time of year is perfect for diffusing cinnamon.  I actually love to combine cinnamon with wild orange.  It’s the ideal fall combo and welcomes in the holiday season quite nicely.

Did you realize that cinnamon has strong cleansing properties?  Yet another reason to diffuse this rich aroma!  Not only are you enjoying a beautiful aroma but you’re purifying the air at the same time.

I searched “antimicrobial cinnamon essential oil” on PubMed and found 127 articles about the antimicrobial benefits of cinnamon.  (link here)  Antimicrobial means that an agent has the ability to destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms. ie. bacteria, viruses, and fungus.  (link here)  So cinnamon is naturally a germ fighter!

When you diffuse cinnamon, you are purifying the air while also promoting clear breathing.  I always like to point out that synthetic potpourri, candles, air fresheners are actually harmful to our lungs (I have asthmatics in our home) while diffusing essential oils is beneficial.  Just recently, a family member pointed out that a popular air freshener gives her a headache but diffusing essential oils does not.  This way she get’s to enjoy of an uplifting aroma without dealing with a headache.

If you don’t have a diffuser, you can simply put a few drops in a spray bottle filled with water.  It’s a great alternative to those aerosol air fresheners.

Cinnamon is a common spice used for cooking and is derived from the bark of a tropical, evergreen tree that grows up to 45 feet high.  Essential oils are 50-70 times more potent that herbs (the dried form of the plant)…so a little goes a long way!  One drop per 4 ounces of fluid is plenty for recipes.  Cinnamon essential oil has a rich flavor.

Not only does cinnamon essential oil add a rich flavor but has quite a few health benefits as well.  As previously mentioned, cinnamon boosts immunity.  Cinnamon also purifies the circulatory system and helps promote circulation.  When cinnamon is applied topically, it helps soothe sore muscles and joints.  Simply dilute 1-2 drops with plenty of coconut oil and apply to cold achy joints in the winter time.  Yes, it can also help warm you up when applied to the bottoms of your feet.  I know I can use that when I venture outside!  Double bonus.  Warm your feet while also giving yourself an immunity boost!

 

 

 

Katie McGiven

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