We tend to think of cinnamon as a stick or powder, but cinnamon oil has been used as a tonic, tranquilizer, digestive aid, and more for centuries.
Just check out the properties of cinnamon bark oil:
(I highly recommend the book Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils to learn more about the research on this and other essential oils.)
Important: All essential oils are not created equal. Potency and purity are highly affected by loose industry standards. We personally only recommend and affiliate with doTERRA essential oils because of the firsthand experience we've had.
doTERRA's oils have continuously amazed us, which is why we now promote their brand exclusively through SBS. Their high standards have raised the bar for essential oils, leading them to create their Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade label.
Did you know doTERRA third party tests EACH AND EVERY batch of essential oils for contaminants and purity? And this is after closely overseeing the planting, growing, harvesting and extraction process to ensure quality and potency.
And their cinnamon oil is no exception. The spicy, sweet and warm aroma is vibrant and intoxicating. And the results you see from using it are phenomenal.
Just keep in mind: If it's not a high-quality oil, be extra careful with its use and NEVER take it internally. Only the highest quality essential oils are safe for use in that way (and even then, not all EOs are recommended as a "dietary supplement").
Read More: Choosing the best essential oils possible.
There are three basic ways to apply or use cinnamon oil. Use these suggestions as guidelines or look for more inspiration in the tips below:
Aromatically - Can be diffused in the air or inhaled directly. This promotes health, healing, energy, and purification with its invigorating, enhancing and warming aroma.
Topically - Topical means using the oil ON the body. It can be applied within a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Start with one drop to 1-3 tsp of carrier oil and increase as needed.
Internally - Generally recognized as safe by the FDA (21CFR182.20) to be used in cooking, adding a drop to purified water or taken as a dietary supplement, diluting 1 drop in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz of non-acidic, non-dairy beverage (not for children under 6 years old and in greater dilution for older children).
DILUTE - Cinnamon oil is potent. It's very important that you dilute this oil at least 1:3, as it can cause extreme irritation to the skin when applied directly.
Remember that this guide is in no way here to replace medical advice or your own judgment. Consult your doctor, always do a skin test and use caution. Essential oils may be natural, but that doesn't mean they aren't powerful.
Precaution: Always dilute. This oil is not suitable for children under 6 and should be diluted more for children over 6.
Diffuse this oil during cold and flu season, or add to a cotton ball and stick in your car's vent while you drive.
Modern Essentials recommends using cinnamon oil aromatically (such as diffusing) or topically (diluted). Try massaging over the area of infection within a carrier oil
Prevent infections and irritation by diluting 1 drop of cinnamon bark oil with 3 drops of carrier oil and applying over the area.
For respiratory issues, such as asthma, start by diffusing in the air. You can also try direct inhalation (not too close at first) or massaging over the chest and neck (diluted first).
Cinnamon oil is "Generally Recognized as Safe" (GRAS) by the FDA, and can be used in cooking. Start off with a single drop (or less, using a toothpick to grab a small amount) until you know your ratios.
Cinnamon oil has been shown to help regulate blood sugar. Add to your food, take 1-2 drops within an empty capsule, or use for self massage over the area of the pancreas.
Help decrease the inflammation and promote healing by massaging the diluted cinnamon oil over the abdomen daily.
Diffuse in the air, and apply topically to the area of concern or to the soles of the feet for fast absorption.
Diffusing this in the air on a regular basis is uplifting and supports the immune system. You can also use it topically, or in a bath.
Immune System Stimulate
Diffuse throughout cold and flu season, within the classroom (makes a great gift for teachers), or add to the bath or steam tent while you're fighting a bug.
Depending on the type of infection you can massage the diluted cinnamon bark oil into the soles of the feet, over the area of concern, or simply diffuse throughout the area.
Cinnamon oil is said to be an aphrodisiac for many. Try aromatic or topical usage on a regular basis (but I wouldn't apply it topically THERE).
Fight fungus, mildew, and mold by applying cinnamon to the area. Use it in your cleaning products, diffuse it regularly in areas prone to mold, or apply it directly.
As stated above (Diabetes), cinnamon oil has been found to support blood sugar levels and healthy pancreas function. Massage the diluted oil over the pancreas, to the soles of the feet, or use in cooking or as a supplement.
Cinnamon bark oil is very warming and may increase circulation, blood flow to the brain and energy levels when used aromatically. Try diffusing, adding to a bath, or even inhaling from the bottle.
During illness, diffuse cinnamon bark oil into the room to aid the healing process.
This bacterial infection may be cleared with cinnamon oil. Apply a diluted mixture to the soles of the feet daily, or use for a full body massage. Diffuse it regularly.
Diluted cinnamon oil may assist in fighting infections. Be sure to check for sensitivity and use caution. Start by massaging over the lower abdomen and groin area. If you feel confident, many women will use a diluted mixture for vaginal insertion.
Very antiviral, massage the diluted cinnamon oil into the soles of the feet, over the area of concern, or over the whole body.
The opposite of peppermint, cinnamon bark oil is very warming. Massage over your heart center, into the soles of the feet or around the neck for the best results.
Other possible uses include: circulation booster, fighting colds or coughs, aiding in digestion, increasing energy, eases inflammation associated with rheumatism, and even removing warts.
The benefits associated with cinnamon bark oil can only be found if you're purchasing high quality essential oils. NEVER take just any brand internally. Always research the brand well and test it carefully. From personal experience, we recommend the doTERRA brand. We love them so much we now promote their oils on Sustainable Baby Steps.
There are several ways to get your hands on cinnamon essential oil: retail, discounted, or wholesale.
But retail sucks.
So we recommend purchasing a discounted or wholesale account (similar to something like Costco) to get the best prices on this or other oils. Which is the best fit for you will depend on your needs.
Making the switch to natural health care support, such as with cinnamon oil is a great step.
When you're ready for a few more steps check out the articles below.
Whatever step you take, remember to have fun!
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