Healing with Cinnamon
One of the world’s most important spices, cinnamon also has a long history as a herbal remedy for colds, flu and digestive ailments. A familiar flavouring of biscuits, puddings, and cakes, cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices. The essential oil is potent, with a peppery, dry, spicy aroma, an excellent warming restorative oil for anyone feeling tired, cold and weak. It stimulates the mind and body and is effective in treating stress related complaints.
Therapeutic Uses – Cinnamon is an effective abdominal massage oil for relieving digestive spams, constipation and diarrhoea. It also stimulates the circulation, especially to the extremities. A wonderful reviving room fragrance, it promotes a general sense of vitality and enthusiasm for life. The strong antiseptic properties of cinnamon make it a valuable room fumigant, protecting against infections and illnesses.
Active ingredients of cinnamon oil – Cinnamon oil can irritate the skin, so it is best to test it on a small area before use. The chemical constituents of cinnamon oil include :
- Phenol – Up to 90 per cent of cinnamon oil is made up of Eugenol. Eugenol gives cinnamon its potent antiseptic, antibacterial activity. It is also responsible for its immune boosting properties and uplifting, reviving effects.
- Proanthocyanidins – This specialised group of bioflavonoids has powerful antioxidant effects and is also a great aid for stimulating blood circulation to the extremities.
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