Because Cinnamon is most often used in baking everyone has experienced the warm, woody aromatic scent and flavor. But have you really explored the uses and benefits of Cinnamon Bark? It’s an interesting spice with a long and, shall I say, colorful history.
Cinnamon and Selling a House
About 30 years ago, nearly a decade before I discovered essential oils, I sprinkled some cinnamon powder on a cookie sheet and turned my oven on warm during a cool, damp, day when trying to sell a house – I had read that the smell of cinnamon had a positive effect on prospective home buyers. The house sold. What I know today about Cinnamon is vastly greater and have since discovered that this lovely spice can play a much greater role in the world of essential oils than simply using aromatherapy to help sell a house.
Important Note: Young Living Cinnamon Bark essential oil is hundreds of times stronger than the dried spice. Do NOT use it liberally. Always use it in tiny amounts with a carrier oil for cooking and topical applications (see below).
A Little History
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices dating back to 2700 B.C. It has been used for centuries not only to flavor food, but also as a medicine, a perfume ingredient, and as an aromatic substance burned as incense.
Cinnamon was one of the ingredients in the holy anointing oil of Exodus 30:22-25. Solomon mentions cinnamon as he sings to his love. Proverbs 7:17 mentions that crafty harlot who, knowing the sexually stimulating properties of cinnamon, used it to perfume her bed along with myrrh and aloes (aloes is Sandalwood).
In the prophecy of Revelation near the end of the world when Babylon falls, the merchants weep and mourn for no one buys their merchandise anymore: merchandise of… cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil.
In addition to its sweet, woody aroma, cinnamon has long been known for its capacity to stop spoilage. It was one of the ingredients used by ancient Egyptian embalmers, who may not have known about microbes, but could see the effect of the spice.
Cinnamon as a Wrapper and Food Preservative
Spanish researchers took advantage of that property in developing an anti-mold wrapper. In the Aug. 13 issue of The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they report that even with bread already tainted with mold, a wax paper made with 6 percent cinnamon oil inhibited the growth by 96 percent, prolonging freshness by up to 10 days. (Plain wax paper did not slow the mold at all.)
In addition, the wrapper may also be effective in keeping fruits, vegetables and meats fresh. Read the study: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry New Cinnamon-Based Active Paper Packaging against Rhizopusstolonifer Food Spoilage
Sometimes the wrapper adds a cinnamon aroma to the food. Adding cinnamon to the bread itself was less effective in preserving the bread, Dr. Nerin said, because the protective compounds were not released uniformly.
Another study in the International Journal of Food Microbiology found that adding a few drops of cinnamon essential oils to carrot broth inhibited the growth of bacteria for 60 days. So powerful was the effect that the researchers called it a viable “alternative to traditional food preservatives.”
Another study found that the spice increased glucose metabolism by about 20 times, which would significantly improve your ability to regulate blood sugar. Cinnamon has even previously been indicated as a potential insulin substitute for those with type 2 diabetes – researchers have found that cinnamon contains a bioactive component with “insulin-like” effects.
Cinnamon can lower blood sugar by acting on several different levels. It slows the emptying of your stomach to reduce sharp rises in blood sugar following meals and improves the effectiveness, or sensitivity, of insulin. It also enhances your antioxidant defenses.
A half teaspoon of cinnamon powder a day was shown to significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Make Your Own Food Preservative Wrapper
That’s right, get another spray bottle, this one can be small and kept handy in the kitchen and one in the bathroom. In a 4 or 8 oz. spray bottle filled with distilled water, add 10-20 drops of Young Living Cinnamon essential oil – that’s it! Spray on your wax paper, spray on countertops to kill E. coli and other bacteria. In some instances you might even want to spray on food directly – just remember, our Young Living oils are extremely potent so don’t over do it.
Note: I do not recommend using wax paper for the reason that the purest high quality essential oils, such as Young Living’s, will breakdown petro-chemicals, the wax on waxed paper is from petro-chemicals. Instead, use plain brown paper and wrap tight.
Did you Know?
Just one drop of a superior pure essential oil, such as Young Living, can equal up to 2 ounces of dried herb.
This is one reason why high quality essential oils are much faster acting in their wellness benefits than dried or fresh herbs.
It is important to know this particularly when discussing any therapeutic-grade essential oil that is a spice, such as: cinnamon, clove, oregano, and thyme. These ‘hot’ essential oils can irritate skin and mucus membranes and as such must be used with care, always.
Cinnamon Bark benefits include:
• Supporting digestive function
• Relieving congestion
• Relieving pain and stiffness of muscles and joints
• Anti-inflammatory compounds that may relieve arthritis
• Helping to prevent urinary tract infections
• Prevent tooth decay / gum disease (in Thieves Dental products)
• Relieves menstrual discomfort
• Blood-thinning compounds that stimulate circulation
Other health-promoting herbs and spices, among the most potent, aside from cinnamon, are: Cloves, Oregano, Marjoram, Sage, Thyme.
Knowing when it’s important to use a carrier oil
Taste and “Hotness” of Spices – this table may give you a better idea of how ‘hot’ some herbs and spices are it may be helpful in determining which of your Young Living oils are hot and thus require using a carrier oil (V-6 or olive oil).
Caution: When used topically Cinnamon Bark essential oil must be used mindfully as it is hot and can cause skin irritation – have a carrier on hand (V-6 or olive oil).
Other Indications for Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Cinnamon Bark oil is very powerful, some indications include tropical infections, typhoid, and vaginitis and may be beneficial for circulation, infections, coughs, exhaustion, respiratory infections, rheumatism, and warts. Cinnamon also fights viral and infectious diseases.
Research report on Young Living essential oils on E. coli. The oils studied: Cinnamon, Oregano, Immupower and Purification. The results clearly showed all 4 oils were superior to both Penicillin and Ampicillin in their ability to kill the microorganisms.
The study also showed by mixing Peppermint and Rosewood with a ratio of 1 part Peppermint to 8 parts Rosewood, researchers discovered the Zone of Inhibition for E-Coli increased to 50 mm.
This is wonderful news as one begins to speculate how commerce might employ these oils to insure the safety of our food supply. One in particular, Peppermint oil, caught our attention. You may want to consider spraying countertops, sinks, fruits and vegetables with Young Living Therapeutic-grade (YLTG) Peppermint oil diluted in water, as a safeguard against the possibility of E-Coli infected food.
The Difference Between Cinnamon Bark and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oils – Woof-Woof
It’s important here to note that there is a vast difference between Cinnamon Bark and Cinnamon Leaf essential oils.
Cinnamon Leaf oil, although it does smell like Cinnamon Bark oil, does NOT contain any healing and beneficial properties.
It’s easy to remember – your Cinnamon should always bark – “woof-woof!”
If it doesn’t bark, save your money!
Foot Fungus Study
Inouye S, Uchida K, Nishiyama Y, Hasumi Y, Yamaguchi H, Abe S. Combined effect of heat, essential oils and salt on the fungicidal activity against Trichophyton mentagrophytes in foot bath. Jpn J Med Mycol. 2007;48(1):27-36.
Tinea pedis, also known as athlete’s foot, is a common fungal infection of the toes and feet. Trichophyton species of fungus are typically responsible for the infection. Tinea pedis is treated with topical or oral antifungal drugs. Aromatherapy practitioners suggest that a heated foot bath containing essential oils may be useful in the treatment of Tinea pedis. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of essential oils, salt, and heat on the survival of Trichophyton species in a water bath.
This laboratory study was conducted at Teikyo University Institute of Medical Mycology in Tokyo, Japan. Plates of agar being inoculated with T. mentagrophytes or T. rubrum, small sections of the agar were treated in a water bath with and without essential oils, 10% salt (sodium chloride) at temperatures ranging from 27°C to 42°C (80°F to 117°F), and the proportion of surviving fungal cells calculated.
The essential oils were: Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Clove (Eugenia aromatica), Geranium (Geranium maculatum), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), Oregano (Origanum vulgare), Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), and Thyme (Thymus vulgaris; one oil being rich in thymol and one oil was rich in geraniol).
More than 99% of the fungal cells were killed after 20 minutes in the 42°C water bath without added essential oils or salt. All of the essential oils showed fungicidal activity, but increasing the temperature from 27°C to 42°C markedly reduced the amount of time needed.
Cinnamon Bark Foot Bath Recipe
In a small bowl, add 1/4 cup of Epsom Salts or Sea Salt, add one drop of Young Living Cinnamon Bark essential oil. Stir with spoon until mixed and add to a warm foot bath.
Caution: do NOT add the essential oil to bath water without Epsom Salt or Sea Salt as both of these act as a dispersing agent for the essential oil.
Using Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Medicinal Properties: Anti-inflammatory, (COX2 Inhibitor), powerful antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anticoagulant, circulatory stimulant, stomach protectant (ulcers), treating warts.
Uses: Cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, viral infections (herpes, etc.), digestive complaints, ulcers, warts.
Topical: Dilute 1 part Cinnamon Bark essential oil to 4 parts carrier oil (V-6 or olive oil). Use Topically in small amounts, apply to Vita Flex points or Chakras.
Dietary Supplement: 2 parts Cinnamon oil to 8 parts V-6 or olive oil. Cinnamon Bark essential oil is powerful, usually one drop in a veggie capsule with some olive oil is plenty. Note: it is NOT safe to ingest other brands of Cinnamon essential oil – READ THE LABEL!
Complimentary products that also contain Cinnamon Bark essential oil:
Thieves Ultra Toothpaste (edible, fluoride-free, extremely effective for oral health)
Thieves Mouthwash (edible, fluoride-free, alcohol-free, highly effective for oral health)
Thieves Foaming Hand Soap (for all skin types, contains natural plant essential oils that are antibacterial)
Thieves Household Cleaner (all-purpose, non-toxic household cleaner). Info on the Thieves products.
Mineral Essence Tincture (a balanced organic, ionic mineral complex, with over 60 different minerals)
Article by Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Essential Oils Independent Distributor
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