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Cinnamon as a spice and as an essential oil

  1. Cinnamon, the rolled up inner bark of the cinnamon tree, is known to everyone from cakes, pastries and Christmas. The tree also has a very long tradition as a medicine, but it is only in recent years that the plant has become better known because of its blood sugar lowering effect. In addition, the essential oil in particular has a good reputation as a disinfectant, bactericidal agent, especially for the respiratory tract and intestines.

General therapeutic effect

  1. The essential oil of cinnamon has a general stimulating and stimulating effect in people who are chronically fatigued and show a lack of zest for life. Physical exhaustion, where the fatigue also has an impact on the psychological state. It is an excellent tonic for athletes. Furthermore, cinnamon is especially useful for the intestines, in alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation, accompanied by flatulence. The essential oil but also the cinnamon stick is particularly good for colds and flu. A medicinal and tasty drink is made by heating elderberry juice and letting a few cloves and a cinnamon stick infuse in it, possibly sweetened with honey or sugar and drink this grog warm.

Some applications with essential oil

  1. Physical and mental exhaustion: 1 dr. Cinnamon + 1 dr. Ravensara, 3x daily Tonic for sportsmen: 1 dr. Cinnamon + 1 dr. cloves, 3 times a day Catching a cold, starting flu: 1 dr. Cinnamon + 1 dr. Clove, 4x a day Disturbed bowel function: 1 dr. Cinnamon + 1 dr. Lemon, 2x a day Attention! Cinnamon oil in too high doses has a stimulating effect and then depressing. Do not give to children. For diffusion, mix the essential oil of cinnamon with lemon or orange essence. The cinnamon oil is not suitable for use in a bath and must be diluted strongly in massage oils (max. 2%).

Quality

  1. A high quality cinnamon bark essential oil is rare. It has a strong and warm scent and a spicy taste. Often it is cut with essential oil from the leaves. It is an expensive essential oil because of its low yield. Often the cheaper essential oil of Cinnamomum cassia (Chinese cinnamon) is sold instead of this essential oil. To find out the difference: smell a cinnamon stick, which usually comes from the Cinnamomum zeylanicum, and compare that scent with that of the essential oil on offer. Although some experience is required to be able to smell those subtle differences. Now it is true that Cassia cinnamon can have similar properties.

Name and etymology

  1. Cinnamomum verum, Laurus cinnamomum

References, especially about the blood sugar lowering effect of Cinnamomum



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