10 Cinnamon essential oil benefits
Sweet smelling cinnamon essential oil is quite possibly one of the most versatile of all the essential oils and it has an amazing list of health benefits against its name. Extracted from the bark of a tree, cinnamon essential oil is an astringent, an antiseptic, and it has antioxidant properties too. It has been used in traditional medicines to treat everything from diarrhea to heart disorders and it’s often recommended for use in aromatherapy as a way to boost the mood. Here are just ten of the amazing benefits of cinnamon essential oil.
1. Provides relief from arthritis
Cinnamon essential oil can provide very quick relief from the pain caused by arthritis. If you massage a mixture of four or five drops of cinnamon essential oil mixed in with one of the lighter carrier oils, like mustard oil, it will quickly soothe the a painful joint. It can also be used in the same way to relieve back pain and muscle pain.
2. Treats urinary tract infections
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are usually caused by bacteria or fungal infections. Cinnamon essential oil has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can help vale up such infections quickly. If you add about fifteen drops of cinnamon essential oil to bath water, it will clear up urinary tract infections after just a few applications.
3. Improves brain functions
Research carried out at the Wheeling Jesuit University in the United States proved that cinnamon essential oil can boost activity in the brain. The researchers found that cinnamon was able to improve the memory and attention span of subjects and that it can also be sued to ease nervous tension.
4. Lowers blood glucose levels in diabetics
Cinnamon essential oil contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde, which is known to be able to lower blood glucose levels and stimulate the pancreas. If a drop of cinnamon essential oil is added to food, after it has been cooked, it can be a useful way of stabilising the blood sugar levels in people who suffer with diabetes. (It’s best to consult your health care specialist before trying any self treatments.)
5. Provides instant relief from toothache
Like cloves oil, cinnamon essential oil contains high concentrations of eugenol, which can provide instant relief to toothache. Just place a few drops of the oil on a ball of cotton wool and hold it to the tooth that hurts and the pain will soon disappear. It does nothing to cure the underlying problem, but at least it will take the pain away for a while.
6. Improves blood circulation
Cinnamon essential oil contains a blood thinning compound that can improve the circulation of blood around the body. Improved circulation means that more oxygen will get to the brain and to the vital organs and it will increase the metabolic rate. It can also help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes.
7. Alleviate depression
It is also said that inhaling the vapours of cinnamon essential oil can help alleviate depression. The warm, sweet smell of the oil can lift the mood, soothe the mind and reduce negative feelings. Any such home treatment for depression should only be used as an aid and it should not be used as a replacement for prescribed medication without consulting a doctor first.
8. Treat athlete’s foot
Cinnamon essential oil can get rid of nasty fungal infections too. Mix a drop of the oil into a foot bath of warm water and soak your feet in it for a while and the strong antifungal properties of the oil will soon get to work on athlete’s foot and have it cleared up in no time at all. Cinnamon essential oil also has antibacterial properties too, so it will help kill the bacteria that cause foot odour as well.
9. Improves the digestive system
If you rub a mixture of cinnamon essential oil and olive oil into your abdomen for about five minutes, it will relieve bloating, help the body to expel excess gas, and tone the digestive system. It is also sad that regular massaging of the abdomen with cinnamon oil can help reduce inflammation in the colon and the small intestine.
10. Kills airborne bacteria in the home
If you use cinnamon essential oil in a diffuser in your home it will kill 99% of airborne bacteria and it will only take about ten minutes to do it. For an even more powerful effect, you can mix the oil with other oils, like tea tree oil or lemon oil. It’s the perfect way to stop things like colds spreading from one member of the family to another and it make the home smell great too.
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