The Therapeutic Benefits of Cinnamon Oil and How to Make It

· February 24, 2017
Look out essential and therapeutic oil fans, this one's for you! Learn about the incredible benefits of cinnamon essential oil and how to make it at home. Save money and take advantage of cinnamon's healthy properties.

Cinnamon is one of the most well-known spices in the world and is valued for its medicinal, gastronomic and cosmetic uses.

This spice is extracted from the Cinnamomum verum tree and is used to prepare beverages and desserts. It can also be included as the main ingredient for many home remedies.

cinnamon plant

Cinnamon stands out for its aromatic qualities. That’s why it’s used in the manufacturing of perfumes, air fresheners, and house cleaning products.

In addition, it has many internal and external uses and can treat many diseases since it’s rich in antibacterial substances and antioxidants.

The best part is that it’s cheap and easy to incorporate into your diet. In fact, it can be easily combined with many other ingredients. Although many usually consume it in infusions and shakes, there are other methods to benefit from all of its properties.

One of these methods is to create a therapeutic oil. Furthermore, it’s ideal for relieving skin problems, ailments and problems in the immune system.

In today’s article, we want to show you how to prepare this therapeutic oil. We’ll also tell you about all the benefits of using it.

How to prepare a therapeutic cinnamon oil

cinnamon essentail oil

This medicinal oil is very simple to prepare and you can do make it even if you’re not suffering from any particular condition.

Since its ingredients are long lasting, you can even prepare some to keep in your medicine cabinet.

In addition, although some herbal and health food shops sell it ready for use, this alternative guarantees the quality of its ingredients for a cheaper price.

Ingredients

  • 12 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil (200g)
  • 1 airtight glass jar

Method

  • Firstly, add the cinnamon sticks to the glass jar and then pour in the extra virgin olive oil.
  • Make sure the sticks are well covered by the oil, seal the jar and store it in a warm place.
  • Next, let the product concentrate for two to three weeks.
  •  Most importantly, be sure to shake it every day so that the cinnamon extracts mix well with the oil.
  • After the recommended time has passed, separate the remains of cinnamon using gauze or a strainer made of similar material.
  • Lastly, pour the product into a dark bottle and store it in a cool place.

What are this benefits of therapeutic cinnamon oil?

Cinnamon oil is rich in antibacterial and antifungal substances that effectively fight a wide variety of pathogens that affect our health.

Moreover, the combination of ingredients relieves inflammation, inhibits cell damage caused by free radicals and, in turn, strengthens the immune system.

Here are some of the many benefits of cinnamon oil:

1. Prevents colds

woman with a cold

Applying and consuming cinnamon oil is a simple way to prevent and alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms of the flu and colds.

In other words, its compounds unblock the airways, soothe congestion, and facilitate the elimination of viruses and bacteria that cause it.

We recommend: 7 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System and Prevent Colds and the Flu

2. Fights diabetes

It has been proven that cinnamon is one of the best spices to combat uncontrolled blood sugar levels.

So, if you add two or three drops of this oil to your regular diet, you can obtain these benefits that fight against diabetes.

3. Relieves arthritis

woman with arthritis

Patients with arthritis and bone ailments can get some relief when directly applying this natural product.

Cinnamon oil stimulates blood flow and decreases inflammation to soothe the pain and movement difficulties that are caused by this problem.

See also: How to Fight Arthritis with Natural Remedies

4. Combats skin infections

Cinnamon oil is easily absorbed through the pores of the skin. Since it’s antibacterial, regularly using it decreases all types of skin infections.

Also, it’s ideal for patients with athlete’s foot, psoriasis and other disorders that affect the skin’s health.

5. Reduces fatigue

woman experiencing fatigue

Cinnamon oil massages are helpful in relieving the symptoms of physical and mental fatigue.

Its compounds improve blood circulation, promote the passage of oxygen to the brain and optimize the use of energy.

6. Fights vaginal infections

A little cinnamon oil diluted in shower water can help balance vaginal pH to cope with infections.

Moreover, using it in small amounts decreases the presence of bacteria and yeast. It also controls symptoms such as itching, discharge, and bad odor.

Have you ever prepared your own cinnamon oil? Now that you know how to make it at home, follow the simple steps and keep this spectacular remedy on hand!

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