Cinnamon is commonly used in food. It is a spice that mainly used as an aromatic condiment and flavorings additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savory dishes, breakfast cereals and snacks.
As history stated, the spice was imported to Egypt as early as 2000 BC! It was so highly prized and even was regarded as a gift fit for monarchs and even for a deity. For example, there is a fine inscription records the gift of cinnamon and cassia to the temple of Apollo at Miletus.
History of Cinnamon
In Ancient Egypt, cinnamon and other herbs were used to embalm mummies. There was also a recipes for kyphi, an incense used for aromatic treatment that include cinnamon and cassia. In Ancient Greek, the spice been written down on one of Sappho poem in the 7th century BC. That not all, Herodotus also stated both spices grew in Arabia, together with incense, myrrh and labdanum. These precious raw materials were guarded tightly by winged serpents.
Ways to Use Cinnamon Essential Oil
You can use cinnamon oil in many ways except for topical use. Many manufacturers recommend to avoid applying to your skin completely. The safe ways to use the oil are:
Whole sticks contain essential oil and definitely can be used as aromatherapy. It is the same as using diffuser but in this case, you just simply add one sticks into a large container or small vase of warm water and let it do the works. The sticks will let out the sweet spicy fragrance into the air.
Inhaled and Diffuse
Just like the sticks, you can use diffuser to let the scent covered the whole room. Add 5 to 6 drops of essential oil into diffuser and inhaled that spicy scent.
Body care Products
There is a guideline stated that .01 percent concentration or less is equivalent to 1 drop of essential oil for 30 to 40 milliliters (mL) of carrier oil. Hence you can mix a drop of essential oil with 2 to 3 cups of a carrier oil before using it for a relaxing massages or apply to your skin as moisturizers.
Benefits of Cinnamon Essential Oil
Some of the benefits of using it in your daily life have been proven by researchers and scientists. Such as:
A study found that compounds in cinnamon essential oil had an antimicrobial effect against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a potentially life-threatening, drug-resistant bacteria that affects plants, people, and other animals. This study is used in bacterial cultures and lab tests. Other than that, the oil also make a safe, non-chemical additive and also effective alternative that can be used to preserve products and increase their shelf life.
A study found that mice had some thickening and growth of hair but there still no evidence linking to humans in hair growth.
Cinnamon contains coumarin, a chemical which may cause liver and kidney damage and even worsen liver conditions if used too much. Make sure to follow package directions when using cassia cinnamon oil, and talk to your doctor before use if you have liver disease. Next, the oil is very strong, and the side effects can include skin rashes or burning.
You should dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil especially cinnamon. Make sure to follow the guideline by using 1 drop of essential oil to 2 or 3 cups of a carrier oil (use olive, almond, jojoba, or sesame oil.) Never rub or massage cinnamon oil directly on skin unless it’s diluted with a carrier oil. Do not drop undiluted oil directly into bathwater, as it can burn or irritate skin. Cinnamon oil does not mix well with water.
Noted that if you have diabetes, please consult to your doctor or pharmacist before using cinnamon essential oil in aromatherapy since it may interfere with other medications you’re using to control blood sugar.
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