Cinnamon is an herb that is useful both as a culinary herb and with well documented medicinal properties. There have been multiple clinical studies by many countries confirming the health benefits of this herb/spice.
Culinary usage includes: Honey, Coffee, Teas, Baking, Adding to Fruit, Yogurt and Toast to name a few.
Medicinally this herb has clinical studies indicating it is useful in stabilizing blood sugars in Type II Diabetes, as an antibacterial, antifungal (especially Candida/yeast), antiviral and to decrease overall cholesterol.
Another interesting fact is all medicinal studies that are mentioned above are from the common known Cinnamon cassia…not the true cinnamon Cinnamon verum (also known as Ceylon cinnamon or Cinnamon zeylanicum) which is found in Mexico, India and much of South Asia.
Safety note: May be harmful during pregnancy if taken internally.
Essential Oil Uses:
Cinnamon essential oil is extracted via steam distillation from the bark of the laurel tree Cinnamomum verum. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, acts as a coagulant and circulatory stimulant, and stomach protectant. It’s antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic properties make it useful for infectious diseases and viral infections.
Cinnamon essential oil has a strong aroma that can be useful for emotional and/or mental fatigue and lack of concentration. When inhaled it can service as a respiratory and circulatory stimulant and antiseptic.
Caution: Avoid use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It may inhibit blood clotting so should not be used if you are facing surgery or are on blood thinners. May also affect diabetes blood sugar levels. Cinnamon essential oil is an irritant and should be highly diluted before use.
For topical use: Dilute 1 part cinnamon essential oil with 4 parts carrier oil and apply on joints, temples, back of neck or other desired location. Avoid sensitive skin.
For inhalation: Dilute 1 part cinnamon essential oil with 4 parts carrier oil and inhale directly. Diffuse for 30 minutes every 3-4 hours to address airborne viruses and bacteria.