First of all let me begin by saying cinnamon is very strong, you must use caution when using it.
Cinnamon comes from the bark of several varieties of the evergreen trees that belongs to the genus Cinnamomum
. The cinnamon essential oil Cinnamomum zeylanicun
is distilled from the bark,stems and/or leaves( Cinnamomun verum
) .The essential oil distilled from the bark is concentrated or very strong and very expensive. As aromatherapist we usually use cinnamon essential oils from the leaf, Cinnamomum verum
it's less expensive and it's not as strong as the bark. All cinnamon essential oils must be diluted. I never recommend ingesting essential oils. We'll leave that to the spice. You can use a small amount on the skin, but it is best to consult a certified aromatherapist for dilution rates. It's best to just diffuse it or add a few drops to your vinegar and water (1:2) cleaning solutions, it's anti-microbial. The scent is amazing.The peppery, spicy and earthy scent is wonderful. I have a story. One afternoon I added a few drops to the diffuser. I kept getting up from the computer and I could not stay focused. But when I got up I was just walking in circles, I couldn't understand what was going on. It finally came to me, I was looking for that cinnamon candy my mom always had in her purse. You guys know the ones from the Brach's candy station in the local grocery store. Essential oils effects the body, mind
and spirit. I receive little signs all the time letting me know to keep studying these amazing essential oils.
Cinnamon sticks and powder are usually from the bark of the evergreen Cinnamomum cassia
Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia): also known as “Chinese Cinnamon”, is what is usually sold as cinnamon in US stores. The US Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 permits spice traders to label cassia as cinnamon. - See more at: http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/using-cinnamon-and-cinnamon-oil-to-cure-disease/#sthash.rAxhTyxv.dpuf
Use the powder (spice) in your foods, add a stick to your favorite tea. You can simply add a teaspoon or two to water put it in a pot and let it simmer on a low heat. It's aroma will scent and clean the air at the same time. And inhaling it will enter your lungs and you will receive the benefits just by breathing in this wonderful spice.
Cinnamon is known to:
Lower blood sugar
Lower blood pressure
Destroy bacteria and viruses
Assist in weight loss
Help with circulation
Help with digestion
It helps repel insects
In addition to being an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer, lipid-lowering, and cardiovascular-disease-lowering compound, cinnamon has also been reported as useful for metabolic syndrome, insulin sensitivity, polycystic ovary syndrome, increasing lean body mass, and gastric emptying. It is useful against neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. - See more at: http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/using-cinnamon-and-cinnamon-oil-to-cure-disease/#sthash.rAxhTyxv.dpuf
Cinnamon in all it's forms, powder, stick or essential oil should be included in every ones household. It's great for the body, mind and spirit and has been used for thousands of years in almost every part of the world. Should I say more?
Lawless, Julia, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy, G Britain, ELEMENT BOOK INC.1997 , pp. 184
DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent disease. Always consult your physician before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.