The health benefits of cinnamon include ability to balance blood sugars, minimize inflammation and combat infection. It is a natural immune system booster, natural antiviral fungal remedy that also combats bacterial infections. As a matter of fact cinnamon bark apparently kills them all!
Here are a few test results to highlight the health benefits of cinnamon...
The health benefits of cinnamon also include diabetes or balancing blood sugar levels; however some people are concerned about using it every day because it contains high levels of cinnamaldehyde.
If you want to use it for this purpose my suggestion would be to check out Ocotea essential oil. This oil is in the cinnamon family and very low levels of cinnamaldehyde.
Want to check out other oil blends that contain the health benefits of cinnamon that are natural immune system boosters and fight infection?
Reap the benefits of cinnamon every day by using Cinnamon Essential Oil! Just put a drop in your food or drink!
I designed this section so you could use it as a fun and easy reference guide. It will tell you how to use your oil and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some fun tips, testimonials and oil trivia!
As I receive new tips and testimonials they will be added to the page, so check back often!
What is the Genus Species? Cinnamomum verum
Why is this information important? With so many species of cinnamon, as well as hybrids, and different parts of the plant being marketed, it is no wonder that people are so confused.
To add more misinterpretation, many of the species do not have the health benefits of cinnamon that are reported. So, please be careful and know this information when purchasing and using essential oils.
What Part of the Plant is Used? Bark (for the purposes of this website)
What is the Bark versus the Leaf Debate all About?
There is debate over the essential oil from the bark versus the leaves and which one you should use, or which one is better. So, all I can do to answer this question is to present the facts. Then it is up to you to evaluate and choose for yourself!
What are the Facts?
The health benefits of cinnamon have been widely studied as presented in the beginning of this page. Those studies document the difference between using the oil of the bark versus the leaves.
And the good news is they both have health benefits. Some websites will tell you that there are no health benefits of cinnamon leaf.
However, while there are some similarities, there are also some differences that can be attributed to their chemistry. (I know…here she goes with the chemistry thing again!)
What is the Chemistry of the Bark versus the Leaf?
Cinnamon bark contains approximately 41-51% aldehydes. It contains cinamaldehyde or cinnamic aldehyde (an aromatic aldehyde) which gives the flavoring that people love in mints, gums, etc.
Aldehydes are known to be highly antiviral, calming to the nervous system, anti-inflammatory, and vasodilators. Cinnamonaldehyde is known to be a tonic and stimulates peristalsis. In high amounts and when used every day incorrectly, it can be toxic to the body and is a skin irritant as with the leaf oil. However, it is also interesting to note that Cassia Oil contains twice the amount of the same compound!
Cinnamon leaf contains approximately 80% phenols. It contains 68-87% eugenol. Eugenol is the primary ingredient in clove (75-85%) and is known to be anesthetic, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antioxidant. It also must be used sparingly because it is a skin irritant and can be very irritating to the mucous membranes.
Which do I choose?
I choose chemistry over controversy. I choose what I know over what I don’t know. I know to choose quality over quantity, price or plant part! But as you can see, there clearly are health benefits of cinnamon which ever part you choose!
Personally, because I have not found a clean quality source of a therapeutic grade cinnamon leaf, I prefer to use clove when looking for those medicinal properties. Then I choose cinnamon bark for the classic health benefits of cinnamon.
I hope that helps and remember the information contained on this page is built on the bark, not the leaf!
Where is the name derived from? Cinnamon is believed to come from the Hebrew word kinamon, or the Phoenician word “kinnámmon”. Sounds like we really still don’t know, because the spice and the word are so old they can’t say for sure!
Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!
What is the ORAC Value? 10,340 µTE/100g
Why be bothered with this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,260; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that Cinnamon is recorded in Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest Egyptian medical texts on record? Ebers Papyrus dates to about 1550 BC and contains over 700 remedies for almost everything including cancer, asthma and of course, embalming.
What are the Plant Properties? Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious (urinary, intestinal), antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anticoagulant, astringent, stimulant (immune, sexual and circulatory), stomach protectant (ulcers), purifier and warming.
What are the Documented Uses and Health Benefits of Cinnamon? Infections (flu, tropical, cough, cold), blood sugar levels, digestive problems, viruses (herpes, etc), cardiovascular disease, diabetes, ulcers, inflammation, circulation, rheumatism and warts.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its hot and spicy aroma attracts wealth!
What is the Spiritual Influence? The health benefits of cinnamon also have a spiritual side of things.
Cinnamon is said to attract wealth by transforming our core beliefs of limitation into abundance. It will release anger, frustration and abuse that we have buried that deal with our dependence and addictions.
It is good for those of us who really want to look at and change their belief systems or their old patterns. This will help those who need to release memories of physical abuse (including slavery) whether it is this life or a past life.
What Chakra is Affected? Solar plexus chakra.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Orange
How do I use it?
Use diluted - 20:80 dilution (one part essential oil: four part of vegetable oil). Then,
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No
And there are other oils that have anti-inflammatory properties that are not as hot such as Copaiba essential oil.
If you would like to use cinnamon than a very high level of dilution is recommended for pets.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Pine and citrus products and oils in particular that are not of therapeutic quality! Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils when wanting healing results! Because it is approved as a Food Additive (FA) by the FDA, food grade cinnamon oil is readily available on the market. Please remember, these are not the same oils and are often adulterated (changed).
One of the health benefits of cinnamon oil is that is has no know contraindications and it is generally regarded as safe (GRAS). Repeated use may result in extreme contact sensitization. Diffuse with caution may irritate nasal passages.
Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age. Women who are pregnant should avoid using this oil.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that Cinnamon was part of the Holy Anointing Oil of Moses that was given to him by God in Exodus? Yes, it contained Myrhh and Cassia essential oils (500 shekels or 12.5 lbs), Cinnamon essential oil (250 shekels), Calamus (250 shekels), and Olive Oil (1 hin or 1 gallon)!
Wow, that’s a lot of oil! Yes, almost 6 gallons worth by today standards. That should tell you something – the Hebrews used a ton of essential oils!
Did you know that Cinnamon was one of the ingredients found in “Four Thieves Vinegar” or “Marseilles Vinegar”? The vinegar protected against the plague in the 15th century and was developed by thieves who robbed graves that worked in the spice industry! More health benefits of cinnamon!
Did you know that the original Coke contained cinnamon essential oil? Yes, it contained six oils – cinnamon, lemon, coriander, nutmeg, Neroli and orange essential oils!
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Tips and Testimonials from an Essential Oil User
Place cinnamon oil on the bottom of your feet for colds and flu and to boost the immune system. I do this before I go to bed and than put some socks on!
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