Cinnamon—Who can forget the bitter-sweet taste of this spice?The lingering warmth of the uniquely sweet aroma of cinnamon is matchless. It’s one of the must-have’s in your kitchen rack. But flavor apart, this sweet spice can be the answer to several health issues. Did you know that cinnamon essential oil can help boost brain activity? Did you know that sniffing this essential oil can improve blood circulation as well? If you are wondering what other health benefits this oil has to offer, you might want to read this post.
Scientific Name—Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Origins—Madagascar, Tropical Asia, Srilanka, India
Other Popular Names—Dalchini, Kayu manis, Cannella
Unsurprisingly, cinnamon has been part of the traditional Ayurveda for years because of its medicinal uses for diseases like diarrhea, menstrual cramps, colds, and flu. Most of the usage and flavor of cinnamon comes via its bark.
What Is Cinnamon Essential Oil?
The ever versatile cinnamon essential oil is extracted through the steam distillation of the cinnamon bark. It has a calming and a sweet aroma that instantly soothes your mind and the soul. There are primarily two types of cinnamon essential oil:
a) Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil—This yellowish essential oil is derived from the leaves of the cinnamon shrub.
b) Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil—As the name suggests, this reddish-brownish oil is derived from the bark of the cinnamon shrub.
Apart from having different chemical compositions, both these essential oils mostly serve the same health benefits.
Blends Well With—Clove, ylang-ylang, nutmeg, grapefruit, peppermint, rose, lemon, lavender, orange and all other citrus essential oils.
Therapeutic Properties of Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Detoxifying Agent
- Boosts Brain Function
- Improves Blood Circulation
- Respiratory Problems
- Heart Diseases
- Mouth Freshener
- Pain Relief
- Irregular Menstruation
- Birth Control
- Regularizes Urine Discharge
- Increases Sexual Desire
- Emotional And Spiritual Benefits
- Helps In Weight Loss
- Reduces Ulcers
- Fights Parasite Development
- Soothes Sore Throat
- Treats Headaches
- Effective Functioning Of Kidneys
Cinnamon Essential Oil Therapeutic Properties
As expected from a pure essential oil, cinnamon oil is full of therapeutic properties. Let’s find out more.
1. Antibacterial—This particular property makes cinnamon essential oil a key ingredient in aromatherapy to get rid of airborne bacterias (1).
2. Astringent—Topical application of this oil helps in tightening of the skin (2).
3. Antiseptic—The antiseptic property of cinnamon not only cures wounds but also prevents fatal septics (3).
4. Immunostimulant—Helps in enhancing the immune system (4).
5. Detoxifying Agent—Cinnamon essential oil is full of volatile compounds that help in detoxifying the body (5).
6. Carminative—Helps eases bloating by helping the passage of intestinal gas (6).
7. Analgesic—This essential oil helps in relieving pain (7).
8. Antifungal—Cinnamon essential oil is known to be a powerful anti-fungal agent (8).
9. Antidepressant—The calming property of cinnamon essential oil can remove negative thoughts thereby killing depression (9).
10. Galactagogue—It even enhances the production of breast milk in new mothers (10).
Cinnamon Essential Oil Health Benefits
11. Boosts Brain Function
Cinnamon essential oil is an excellent brain tonic. It not only improves brain function and increases brain activity, but also helps you combat stress, anxiety and memory loss.
Studies conclude that the essence of cinnamon helps boost brain activity. People who sniffed cinnamon essential oil exhibited better cognitive activities like an increased attention span, better virtual recognition memory, working memory and visual-motor response speed (11).
12. Improves Blood Circulation
Cinnamon helps improve blood circulation. Cinnamon contains blood thinning compounds that enhance blood circulation. Better blood circulation means lesser pain and more oxygenation. This property also benefits people who suffer from arterial diseases and prevents heart attacks. To prevent heart attacks, consume around 3 ml of cinnamon essential oil every day (12).
Cinnamon is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, and it helps reduce the stiffness of muscles and joints. People with arthritis and other inflammatory disorders should consume cinnamon essential oil to get relief (13).
Cinnamon essential oil exhibits potent antioxidant properties. These properties make it an ideal remedy for skin diseases, acne and even potentially fatal conditions like cancer. Antioxidants help purge cancerous cells and damage-inducing free radicals from your body (14).
15. Respiratory Problems
Cinnamon essential oil is an excellent decongestant; it helps alleviate symptoms of cold, influenza, sore throat and congestion. Sniffing or even consuming a few drops of this oil can help relieve the symptoms of respiratory conditions. Cinnamon is a potent antifungal and also helps kill respiratory tract fungi that lead to respiratory tract mycoses (15).
16. Heart Diseases
The Cinnamon essential oil contains a good amount of calcium and fiber, which help protect you against heart diseases and other complications. Fiber also helps improve digestion, while calcium promotes bone health. So, include a little cinnamon essential oil in your food, as it will help you prevent coronary artery diseases and high blood pressure (16).
Cinnamon essential oil can help you control blood sugar, which makes it an effective remedy for people with diabetes.
18. Mouth Freshener
Cinnamon is used in many ethnic recipes. Apart from imparting flavor to your food, it is an effective remedy for treating stomach problems like indigestion, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, and flatulence. As an effective carminative, cinnamon extract or cinnamon essential oil helps reduce gas from the stomach and intestines. According to The FDA (Food and Drug Association) cinnamon reduces acidity, combats diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, and other related stomach disorders (19).
20. Pain Relief
This essential oil plays a key role in alleviating pains including muscle pulls, aches or even stiffness of the joints (20).
How To Use
Mix 3 drops of cinnamon essential oil to 2 spoons of carrier oil (of your choice) and let it dilute. Use the resultant to massage the area of ache. But test it before applying on sensitive skin. Regular usage of this oil helps soothe stress-related aches, muscle knots, and back pain.
Cinnamon essential oil when used with other anti-rheumatic essential oils brings great relief to arthritis patients (21).
How To Use
Take 4-5 drops of this essential oil and mix it with base oil (coconut or mustard oil) and warm it for some time. Arthritis patients are advised to massage the painful joints every day using this blend of oil.
The presence of high amount of eugenol makes cinnamon leaf essential oil to work wonders against a toothache and gum troubles. This makes it a good substitute for clove essential oil (22).
How To Use
Place a ball of cotton containing a few drops of cinnamon essential oil between your teeth. This can soothe the aching tooth and bring down the pain.
23. Irregular Menstruation
Did you know that the sweet smelling cinnamon essential works wonders for menstrual problems? It helps in soothing the cramps that are evident during these days and also makes way for regular menses (23).
24. Birth Control
Surprisingly, using cinnamon essential oil is considered to be a natural way for birth control (24).
25. Manages Regular Urine Discharge
The diuretic property of cinnamon essential oil helps in the normal and regular discharge of urine (25).
26. Increases Sexual Desire
Cinnamon essential oil is an aphrodisiac and thus helps in arousing sexual desire in men and women alike. (26).
27. Emotional And Spiritual Benefits
Did you know that cinnamon oil is related to lower chakras? This mainly increases the self-acceptance, self-confidence and clearing of trauma in human beings by elevating the sense of belongingness and security.
NOTE: If you are allergic to cinnamon essential oil, try using its substitutes such as Cassia, Cypress, Wintergreen, Wild Orange or Frankincense essential oil.
28. Helps in Weight Loss
We all know that fluctuating blood sugar levels paves the way for irregular eating habits, over-eating and desires to eat sweet. Cinnamon has been named recently to be one of the sugar controlling and fat-burning elements. Adding cinnamon essential oil in foods like cookies and tea helps slow down the release of glucose in the blood, thus leading to weight loss (27).
29. Reduces Ulcers
The presence of eugenol in cinnamon essential oil helps in soothing the pain from all types of ulcers in the body; especially that are a result of poor eating habits. It also helps in curbing the intensity of ulcer relapse in the mucous membrane (28).
30. Fights Parasite Development
Cinnamon essential oil when used with other oils like oregano, thyme and cumin, is known to diminish the growth of harmful parasites, especially mycelial parasites, in the body. (29)
31. Soothes Sore Throat
Inhalation of this oil helps in clearing mucus filled nasal passage and curbs mucus buildup too. Also, when had with warm lemon water and honey, cinnamon essential oil helps in soothing the inflammation and alleviating pain, thus soothing sore throats (30).
32. Treats Headaches
Diffusing of cinnamon essential oil in the room or even a few drops on the pillow helps relieve headaches. This is due to the presence of volatile compounds in this essential oil that helps in proper blood circulation (31).
33. Effective Functioning Of Kidneys
This oil has proven to be effective in promoting the effective functioning of kidneys, thus preventing any damage induced by alloxan and environmental toxins. It also helps shoo away Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) that are painful for both women and men. The antifungal and antimicrobial properties of cinnamon are capable of killing these infections (32).
How To Use
Take a warm bath with essential oils, such as cinnamon, eucalyptus and tea tree oil, in the bath water. This method is known to provide instant relief from the conditions.
Cinnamon Essential Oil Hair Benefits
34. Promotes Hair Growth
Including a few drops of cinnamon essential oil in the hair mask promotes proper blood circulation in the scalp by providing vital nutrients to hair follicles, thus promoting hair growth (33).
35. Reduces Hair Problems
The antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of cinnamon essential oil due to the presence of compounds such as eugenol and cinnamaldehyde helps in diminishing all hair related troubles including dandruff and itchiness (34).
How To Use
Add 2-3 drops of cinnamon oil to your regular hair oil and massage through your scalp. Shampoo after 2-3 hours for best results.
Cinnamon Essential Oil Skin Benefits
36. Heals Skin
This essential oil works wonder in soothing skin conditions like ruptures, rashes, acne due to its high microbial property (35).
How To Use
Mix a few drops of cinnamon essential oil with the soothing carrier oil like coconut oil and apply to the harmed area. It will start showing its effect within a few days.
37. For Fuller Lips
When mixed with cassia essential oil, cinnamon essential oil makes your lips naturally swell thus making it look more fuller and appealing. Now you know how to get sexy lips at home (36).
Cinnamon Essential Oil Miscellaneous Benefits
38. As An Insect Repellent
Studies show that cinnamon leaf essential oil is one of the most powerful anti-insect solutions. The naturally sweet and spicy aroma does not affect the human beings but is fatal to the mosquito larvae (37).
39. Works As A Home Deodorizer
You know what makes your Christmas plum cake smell good right? Well, a pinch of the sweet-spicy cinnamon makes the cake all the more delicious. So you can imagine the effect of the cinnamon smell.Its deodorizing capabilities cannot be denied.
40. Used In Perfumes
Unsurprisingly, cinnamon essential oil is used in a plethora of perfumes owing to its addictive aroma (38).
How To Use Cinnamon Essential Oil
Here are multiple ways in which cinnamon essential oil can be utilized:
1. In The Diffuser
The warmth and sweet aroma imparted by cinnamon essential oil help in opening of your heart and mind. You can very well diffuse a combination of cinnamon oil and others for soothing of mind and the soul.
2. As Massage Oil
A massage oil made out of cinnamon essential oil as a base works wonders in relieving muscle and joint pain.
Effective Skincare Recipes Using Cinnamon Essential Oil
Who doesn’t like to use homemade and effective face masks for skincare? Here are a few easy to make and DIY recipes you can note and use.
1. Honey And Cinnamon Oil Face Wash
Try this natural and homemade face wash that will bring out the inner glow.
What You Will Need
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons honey (preferably raw)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 15-20 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 2 capsules of live probiotics (if you have them)
How To Make
Mix all the ingredients using a hand blender till it’s a smooth paste and your face wash is ready to use. Bottle it up and keep in a cool place for prolong usage.
2. Frankincense And Myrrh Body Lotion
This particular lotion is full of vitamins and is known to hydrate the skin well.
What You Will Need
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Beeswax
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 2 tbsp Vitamin E
- 20 drops frankincense essential oil
- 20 drops myrrh essential oil
- 20 drops of cinnamon essential oil
How To Make
Start by using the base oils, beeswax and shea butter and put them in a glass bowl. Now, place the bowl in a saucepan with water and heat it on a medium flame. Refrigerate the mixture at least for an hour for solidification. Take it out and whip it till it’s fluffy and add essential oils and vitamin E to the mix. Fill the lotion in a bottle and store in a cool place.
Safety Precautions In Using Cinnamon Essential Oil
Being very concentrated in nature, a lot of precautions are required to be taken before making use of cinnamon essential oil. Here are a few important ones to keep in mind:
- Always dilute with other carrier oils
- This oil is not safe for kids under the age of 6
- Using the product without proper dilution can lead to burns and skin sensitivity
- Do not inhale the product directly from the bottle as it may cause irritation in the nasal passages.
- Try testing the sensitivity on your feet before using it on the problem area. Do not, I repeat, do not overuse as it can cause serious troubles.
- Avoid contact with eyes, nose, and ears.
Time for you to use cinnamon essential oil and enjoy its incredible health benefits. You can get it at a local convenience store near you. Choose a variety that is good in quality, even if it is a tad more expensive.
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