The benefits of cinnamon and cinnamon oil are numerous. Cinnamon is found in skin care products such as commercial and homemade soups and topical treatments. It is found in medicines, foods, perfumes, room fresheners, mouth fresheners, pest repellents and more. This natural substance has a variety of health benefits and is used in many different ways.
Where Does It Come From?
Cinnamon comes from the bark and leaves of a shrub named Cinnamomum zeylanicum. This shrub originated in the tropical regions of Asia, around Sri Lanka and India. Today, this shrub can be found in many tropical areas around the world.
Why Is Cinnamon So Popular?
Medicinal and topical benefits include having antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, astringent, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It helps a variety of conditions including skin infections, respiratory problems, heart disorders, boosts brain activity, removes blood impurities, aids in blood circulation, reduces inflammation of sore muscles and joints, relieves headaches, helps to control blood sugar, improves colon health, aids in digestion and much more!
Cinnamon essential oil is used for aromatherapy benefits. It blends well with other natural essential oils, such as lemon, lavender, geranium, and rosemary. It has a strong, stimulating, refreshing scent and is often found in room fresheners or potpourris.
Research has shown that cinnamon oil kills mosquito larvae. It is a natural mosquito repellent! So, when you are outside in the hot summer weather swatting at pesky mosquitoes, consider setting a pest repellent with cinnamon or cinnamon oil nearby.
Cinnamon is found in mouth fresheners such as oral sprays or chewing gums. It helps to remove and prevent bad breath. Just one squirt of oral spray or piece of gum can provide a burst of warm, stimulating and invigorating flavor!
It is used as an additive in foods or food preparations. But again, heed caution and be careful of any adverse reactions or allergies. Many ethnic cooking recipes use cinnamon or cinnamon oil.
Cinnamon or cinnamon oil is a stimulating, healthy, refreshing and invigorating natural substance. There are certain precautions to be heeded when using it. Especially when making homemade soup, using it in any commercial or homemade skin care product(s), or ingesting it in any way. Overall, it provides a multitude of health benefits and is used in a variety of ways!