Explaining Essential Oils- Cinnamon
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Cinnamomum aromaticum
What is it?
Cinnamon is an internationally renowned spice used for many purposes. The most common type of Cinnamon sold in North America is cinnamomum aromaticum, which is grown in southeastern Asia.
How can I use it?
Pain Relief: Cinnamon essential oil is believed to promote improved circulation, reduce stress levels, and when applied topically, aid in pain relief and ease muscle tension. When safely diluted and added to a warm, wet washcloth, cinnamon essential oil can be used as a compress and applied to painful or swollen areas of the body. Cinnamon essential oil compresses have been widely used to treat menstrual cramps, tense muscles, headaches and post-exercise soreness.
Aromatherapy: Cinnamon essential oil can provide a warm, inviting scent to your diffuser blends and is a great way to freshen your home without using toxic air freshening products or chemical laden candles.
What are the benefits?
Cinnamon has been used for medicinal purposes in Chinese, Indian and Persian cultures, as it contains both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Today it is used as a potent essential oil and is a favorite in many aromatherapy blends.
What are the risks?
It is important to note that cinnamon essential oil is very concentrated and can cause skin irritation and burns if applied without a carrier oil. If you are using cinnamon essential oil topically, be sure you are diluting it with a safe, organic carrier oil such as olive oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil. Recommended ratios are 4-6 teaspoons of carrier oil per one drop of cinnamon essential oil. Discontinue use immediately if irritation or burns occur. Do not use on children or on pets. Do not get into eyes, nasal passages or open sores.
People with respiratory issues such as asthma, allergies or environmental sensitivities need to use caution when diffusing cinnamon essential oil, as it can be irritating to the respiratory tract.