I’m sure cinnamon is one of the must haves in your kitchen rack, but few people know that cinnamon essential oil, with its sweet and warm aroma can be the answer to some health issues as well.
Cinnamon has a very long, interesting background. Many people consider it one of the longest-existing spices in human history. Cinnamon was highly valued by ancient Egyptians and has been used by Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine practitioners in Asia for thousands of years to help heal everything from depression to weight gain. Whether in extract, liquor, tea or herb form, cinnamon has provided people relief for centuries.
There are two primary types of cinnamon essential oil available: cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon leaf oil. They are steam distilled from the bark or the leaf of the cinnamon tree. Both are beneficial, but cinnamon bark oil may be a bit more potent.
Cinnamon essential oil can be inhaled after putting a few drops of the oil onto a cloth or tissue, or you can use it in an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer. It can be also applied to the skin, but make sure to combine it with a carrier oil first. It should only be taken internally with the supervision of a health professional, otherwise the oil may have toxic effects.
Let’s see the benefits of cinnamon essential oil:
Boosts your heart
A 2014 study demonstrated that cinnamon extract and excercise can improve heart performance, lower both overall cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol, while raising HDL (good) cholesterol. It is also beneficial for those who have suffered from a heart attack or stroke. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-platelet compounds supports arterial health of the heart.
Improves blood sugar levels
Cinnamon has been proven to have positive effects on insulin release, which helps keep blood sugar stable. You can use a high grade, pure cinnamon essential oil in your food – with supervision – or by inhaling, it can help keep unhealthy food cravings away.
Helps skin, hair and lips
With its anti-inflammatory properties, it is an excellent natural remedy for rashes and acne. By combining with a carrier oil such as almond oil, use it as a scalp treatment to boost hair health and growth. Using it on your lips is a natural way to plump them by boosting circulation.
Boosts brain function
It is an excellent booster for your brain. It increases brain activity and also helps combat stress, anxiety and memory loss. Studies shown that inhaling cinnamon essential oil increase attention span.