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Cinamon Oil

Cinamon Oil

Description

Cinnamon oil is highly concentrated with antioxidants, which makes it effective as a natural digestive aid, blood sugar stabilizer and circulation booster. It’s also commonly used to combat cardiovascular diseases and fight infections.

Cinnamon bark oil (Cinnamomum verum) is derived from the plant of the species name Laurus cinnamomum and belongs to the Lauraceae botanical family. Native to parts of South Asia, today cinnamon plants are grown across different nations throughout Asia and shipped around the world in the form of cinnamon essential oil or cinnamon spice. It’s believed that today over 100 varieties of cinnamon are grown worldwide, but two types are definitely the most popular: Ceylon cinnamon and Chinese cinnamon.

Uses for Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon essential oil is touted as a natural remedy for health concerns ranging from cough and colds to constipation.

In addition, cinnamon essential oil is said to stimulate circulation, reduce stress, relieve pain, fight off infections, improve digestion, and protect against insects.

How to Use It

When combined with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado), cinnamon essential oil can be applied to the skin or added to baths. Essential oils can cause chemical burns and other adverse effects if they aren't properly diluted in a carrier oil or applied directly to the skin.

Cinnamon essential oil also can be inhaled after sprinkling a few drops of the oil onto a cloth or tissue, or by using an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.

Side Effects

Cinnamon essential oil should not be taken internally without the supervision of a health professional. Internal use of cinnamon essential oil may have toxic effects.

Cinnamon (particularly Cassia cinnamon) is high in coumarin, a compound that can be toxic to the liver and kidneys if used in excess amounts. (Coumarin can be absorbed through the skin and cause adverse effects even if it isn't ingested.) Coumarin can also have a "blood-thinning" effect.

In addition, some individuals may experience irritation and/or allergic reactions when applying cinnamon essential oil to the skin.

Where to Find It

You can find a lot of tips on purchasing essential oils online. Widely available for purchase on various sites, cinnamon essential oil is sold in many natural-foods stores and in stores specializing in self-care products.

The Benefits of Cinnamon Essential Oil

Despite its long history of use in aromatherapy, cinnamon essential oil has been tested in very few scientific studies.

To date, research on the health effects of the aromatherapeutic use of cinnamon essential oil is very limited. However, a number of studies suggest that compounds found in cinnamon essential oil may offer certain health benefits.

For example, preliminary findings from laboratory studies and animal-based research indicate that compounds found in cinnamon essential oil may help destroy Streptococcus mutans (a type of bacteria closely linked to the development of cavities), promote widening of the blood vessels (and, in turn, possibly aid in the treatment of high blood pressure), and control diabetes (in part by regulating blood sugar levels).

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