Written by guest author Melodie Kantner
Cinnamon is one of the oils in this month’s monthly promotion. It is one oil I have been impressed with since I took aromatherapy certification training 15 years ago.
Here is one powerful thing I learned about cinnamon in my class:
One drop of therapeutic grade cinnamon oil diluted 800 times is still 10,000 times stronger than penicillin.
Be very careful when using cinnamon oil. It is a very HOT oil and should be diluted. If you notice a burning feeling, do NOT add water. That makes it worse. Just dilute with any carrier oil. Even an oil from your kitchen will do. Layer the carrier oil over the area that is burning to tone down the heat.
Cinnamon oil is anti-infectious, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and anti-fungal. Cinnamon oil was regarded by the emperors of China and India to have great value; their wealth was measured by the amount of oil they possessed. Traditionally, it was thought to have a frequency that attracted wealth and abundance. Physically, it has many attributes; it is a powerful purifier, it is a powerful oxygenator, and it enhances the action and the activity of other oils. Researchers, including J.C. Lapraz, M.D., found that viruses could not live in the presence of cinnamon oil.
Cinnamon is one of the powerful oils in Thieves oil. No wonder Thieves is such a good oil blend to have on hand for cold and flu season.
Cinnamon is also a very mood uplifting oil. It is one if the ingredients in Young Living’s Christmas Spirit oil blend. I love that one for diffusing. It is great for keeping germs down but it is mood uplifting and smells wonderful.
Here is a bit about cinnamon from Marcy Foley’s book………..
Sri Lanka has been producing this oil for over 2,000 years. It has been used in the Middle East and the Orient for fighting viruses and infectious disease. Dr. J. C. Lapraz found that viruses could not live in the presence of Cinnamon oil.
“I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon”. Proverbs 7:17
French Medical Usage: Powerful antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, immunostimulant, anti-infectious, antiparasitic, typhoid, tropical infections, vaginitis, sexual stimulant.
Precautions: Cinnamon oil is very caustic. Do NOT put directly on skin. Always mix or dilute. Do NOT diffuse, since cinnamon can irritate mucus membranes.
Cinnamon oil is high in phenols, so it can produce a burn-like welt on the skin. If this happens, treat with Lavender oil or 98% mink oil + 2% Jasmine oil. The activities of phenols are caustic and irritating to the skin, can cause stings and burns as well as possibly causing toxicity to the liver. THIS IS ONLY POSSIBLE WHEN THE PHENOL IS ISOLATED FROM THE OIL, OR WHEN USED IN LARGE AMOUNTS, CONSTANTLY.
Since essential oils that contain phenols, contain them in varying levels….. it is best and safest to use diluted in carrier or mixing oil.
A blend with a calming oil, such as Lavender, which is high in aldehyde and linalol is also good. A ratio of 20/1 makes a blend suitable for direct application on the skin. For example 20 parts Lavender or more to 1 part Cinnamon. This oil can be put neat on the hands, palms, and on the bottom of the feet.
Always make Cinnamon the least amount in a blend. One drop in a blend containing 40-50 drops can still be overpowering to the blend. Do not use over 5 drops of Cinnamon in 1 oz. of carrier oil or mixing oil for massage application.
My opinion on having that oil in my home is that if I am aware of the value and precautions of this oil——that is my choice. As with many other things that we may have in our homes—–we need to take personal responsibility.
As to using oils and toxicity……….many use chemical laden oils which may very well be toxic. Young Living Oils are Grade A therapeutic oils…..no chemicals here! They can help the body remove toxins which would be a good thing. If that concerns you—you might try muscle testing to see how you are reacting.
A Few Ways To Use Cinnamon Oil
- Add a couple drops to an empty capsule for immune support
- Add a drop or two in a cup of tea when you feel illness coming on
- Add a drop or two to a glass of NingXia Red
10 drops lemon
6-8 drops cinnamon leaf (3-4 cinnamon bark)
3-4 drops eucalyptus
4 drops rosemary
3-4 drops clove
Take this mixture 3 times a day in a gel cap
30 drops rosemary
25 drops lemongrass
10 drops thyme
3 drops cinnamon bark
Take this mixture 3 times a day in a gel cap
10 drops Lemon
8 drops Mountain Savory
3 drops Oregano
1 drop Cinnamon Bark
NOTE: From the Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide, page 169 Cinnamon Bark, last sentence on page. It is also a powerful purifier and oxygenator and it enhances the action and activity of other oils.