There are two types of cinnamon essential oil. Cinnamon bark oil is taken from the bark of cinnamon trees, while there is a second type that is extracted from the leaves.
Cinnamon leaf oil is more frequently used in aromatherapy. The oil is dark and has a warm, spicy aroma. This aromatherapy oil is used to treat a number of disorders and can be blended easily with lavender, rosemary, or any citrus oil.
Essential oil of cinnamon can be used for a number of conditions:
- The oil has natural anti-bacterial properties and can be used to fight infection, particularly those of the digestive tract and the bladder. It can also be used externally on compresses to prevent infection in wounds and on the skin. It also has the ability to stem blood flow from a cut.
- It can stimulate the enzymes in the digestive system to increase the efficiency of the digestion. Maintaining the health of digestion can help to prevent serious conditions such as colon cancer, and cinnamon essential oil can be a part of that regime.
- It can also help with the health of the urinary tract, easing conditions such as cystitis, and is a natural diuretic.
- It also has a stimulating effect on circulation and can purify the blood, which helps to clear skin conditions. It has blood thinning properties, so those who are on prescription medications for blood thinning should consult their medical practitioner before using cinnamon essential oil.
- Cinnamon is believed to help prevent heart attacks and generally improve the health of the heart.
- It is an excellent remedy for boosting the immune system, as it can encourage the body to rid itself of toxins.
- The oil has anti-fungal properties.
- The warming properties of the oil make it useful for fighting off colds and flu.
- Cinnamon leaf oil can stimulate menstruation and can ease menstrual cramps when used in a hot compress.
- Cinnamon essential oil can help to stimulate brain activity and can fight against degeneration and memory loss.
- Cinnamon can be used on a hot compress to fight the pain associated with conditions such as arthritis. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and can help the joints to remain flexible and prevent stiffness.
- Using cinnamon can also have a positive effect on blood sugar, which can be beneficial for sufferers of diabetes.
- Cinnamon oil is often added to chewing gum to help combat bad breath.
Essential oil of cinnamon can be taken internally by diluting just one drop in a glass of water, but this method should not be used for more than a week.
Inhaling the oil can irritate the respiratory system so this is best avoided. Cinnamon oil can be diluted in carrier oils and applied to the soles of the feet.
It should never been used on the face or any area of skin that is sensitive. Women who are pregnant should avoid using the oil without consulting with a medical professional first. It should never be given to young children.