Cinnamon Leaf Oil Benefits
Many people love the taste of hot cinnamon candy. But do you know about cinnamon leaf oil benefits?
Cinnamon leaf essential oil is obtained by the steam distillation of the leaves from the cinnamon tree.
Cinnamon leaf oil is extracted from the same tree as cinnamon bark oil. Cinnamon leaf oil is milder than the oil extracted from the bark and is less likely to cause side effects like skin sensitization or burning if used topically. Cinnamon bark oil is the cinnamon flavoring used in candies, etc. It is very highly refined and expensive, and can also be dangerous.
Cinnamon bark oil can be toxic to the liver and kidneys when used regularly. Between the high price and the possible health risks, this is why most people choose cinnamon leaf oil for use in aromatherapy.
Uses In History
Cinnamon oil has been used throughout history as not only a medicinal plant but also as a beverage flavoring, and it was even used for embalming. It was even mentioned in the Bible.
Cinnamon is among the oldest spices used by man and it was considered more valuable than gold at times during ancient history.
Cinnamon Leaf Oil Benefits
The essential oil extracted from cinnamon leaf has many benefits. Among the many cinnamon leaf oil benefits are:
- It can be used for joint pain, strains, and muscle pain. It is a natural analgesic and has anti-inflammatory properties. Dilute with a carrier oil at a 1% dilution and massage into the affected area.
- Speaking of joint pain, it is also used in formulations to help relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Another cinnamon leaf oil benefit is that it has antimicrobial properties. It can be used to disinfect hard surfaces or be used in a diffuser to help clean the air of germs like those that can cause the cold or flu. Use it in DIY natural cleaning mixtures or add it to a diffuser and blend with other antimicrobial oils such as tea tree. It is one of the oils used in the now famous “thieves oil” blend.
- It is good for your skin. It can be used in natural beauty preparations due to the fact that it has both astringent and moderate antioxidant properties. If you use it to make your own beauty products be aware that it can be a mild irritant to mucous membranes, so use caution when using it close to the eyes.
- It is a natural expectorant so it can be inhaled to help loosen phlegm in the throat and lungs.
- It is a digestive aid and can help relieve nausea and stomach upset. It can also help relieve gas and bloating. Mix it with a carrier oil at a 1% dilution and massage it in over the abdomen. Never use an essential oil internally unless directed by a physician.
- It can help with menstruation and may help relieve menstrual pain. It has also been described as increasing the production of milk in lactating mothers. However, due to its properties in aiding in menstruation, it should not be used by pregnant women.
- It is a natural antidepressant and can eliminate negative thoughts and depression.
- It can help to focus the thoughts and help with mental clarity when mental focus is desired.
- It can help those with diabetes because it has the effect of lowering blood sugar. Another use for diabetics is to massage it into the feet and lower legs using a 1% dilution to help with diabetic neuropathy pain and tingling. Since it is considered a warming oil it helps to stimulate blood flow to the area.
- Can be used as a natural insect repellent and in natural bug sprays for the home. You can make a natural insect repellent by mixing water, cinnamon essential oil and rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle.
So in reading through the list you can see all the cinnamon leaf oil benefits. Cinnamon leaf oil can be highly useful when used safely by applying topically at the proper dilution or when used in a diffuser.
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