QUICK ESSENTIAL OIL REFERENCE GUIDE: Cinnamon

Have you ever wondered what essential oils you should have on hand for yourself and your family?

I will be posting a quick reference guide to each essential oil to help you choose your personal apothecary.

We’re going to be going over what each oil is good for, how to use it, what it goes with to create a blend, and what to watch out for if you’re pregnant, planning to spend some time in the sun, or dealing with a particular ailment or medical condition.

As I sharing these with you we will be looking at pure, single essential oils, not at the many blended products that are available from just about any essential oil provider. Before you choose any of these blends many of with are touted by glowing testimonials on the distributors websites, or by sales representatives with long-winded spiels. Be sure that you know exactly which oils are in them.

Blends are meant as conveniences to help speed relief to you for an ailment, but they often contain oils you do not require for that purpose. Just as you would not mix up a handful of pills and swallow them without knowing what you were taking, be cautious in using blends that contain ingredients you do not require.

And as with all essential oils, check with your doctor before using any product to be sure it will not react with medications you already take. 

Be an informed consumer and take the safest path to overall wellness.

 

Ok, now that we got all that out of the way today we are going to be talking about…

 

CINNAMON

 

True cinnamon, also known as Ceylon cinnamon, Madagascar cinnamon, and Seychelles cinnamon, comes from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India.

Most cinnamon oil used in the West is steam-distilled from the leaves of the cinnamon plant rather than from its bark, since the leaves have a more delicate scent and texture. The powdered cinnamon used in cooking comes from the plants bark.

WHAT IS IT USED FOR

  • Arthritis
  • Colds and Flu
  • Digestive Issues
  • Menstrual Issues
  • Respiratory Infections

 

HOW IT’S USED

  1. In a vaporizer or diffuser
  2. In a cream blend or lotion blend
  3. In a bath
  4. In a massage oil blend

COMPLEMENTARY OILS

  • Benzoin
  • Cardamom
  • Cedarwood
  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Orange
  • Rosemary
  • Tangerine/mandarin
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme

 

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR

Cinnamon oil can irritate the skin. Because it can stimulate menstrual flow, pregnant women should avoid cinnamon oil.

DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY

MAY CAUSE SKIN IRRITATION

 

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Sources:

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press

ISBN #9780989558693

Information pulled April 29, 2019

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