Cinnamon - Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
Cinnamon. Chances are you cook with the powder form, add it to your oatmeal, maybe spice up some drinks with it. But are you aware of the health benefits of Cinnamon? And did you know that doTERRA produces PURE Cinnamon oil. Nothing added. Just Cinnamon in the bottle. Some companies will put Cassia in as a "filler." Not doTERRA. And while Cassia and Cinnamon are similar, they are different. Cassia is a close botanical relative, but smell both of them side-by-side and you will notice a difference.
Cinnamon (or Cinnamon Bark) has some wonderful benefits. Some of my favorites are its ability to support immunity and healthy blood sugar levels. It can also support healthy circulation and the health of the urinary tract and kidneys. When taken internally it can also support healthy metabolic function. Oh, did I also mention it can support the health of the gastrointestinal tract and is cleansing? So just to make it easy to see, here are some of the benefits of Cinnamon in a list.
- Immunity Support
- Healthy Blood Sugar Level Support
- Healthy Circulation Support
- Healthy Urinary Tract and Kidney Support
- Healthy Metabolic Function Support
- Healthy Gastrointestinal Tract Support
- Soothing to Irritated Throat
Oh, and how about the fact that it is just plain delicious when added to drinks and recipes?
Here is a short (less than 2 minutes!) video talking about some of my favorite uses and benefits of Cinnamon oil.
Let's talk about some specific uses of Cinnamon oil.
Uses of Cinnamon Oil
In a Veggie Cap - Many of the benefits of Cinnamon are achieved through internal use. One way to take it internally is to place two drops in a veggie capsule and swallow it down!
Irritated Throat - Have an irritated throat? Put a drop of Cinnamon oil in hot water or tea and drink it slowly.
Mouth Rinse - I mentioned it was cleansing. This benefit can be enjoyed in personal use and household cleaning. To cleanse your mouth and leave it feeling fresh, place a drop in two ounces of water and gargle with it.
Gingerbread Body Sugar Scrub - This little DIY could make a great friend gift.
Cleaning Spray - Love the smell of Cinnamon? Why not clean with it? Put 2-3 drops in a spray bottle of water and white vinegar and use it to clean surfaces. (This is why you'll find it in doTERRA's On Guard cleaning products.)
Achy Joints - Do your joints predict the weather better than the local news station? Dilute Cinnamon oil with Fractionated Coconut Oil and then massage it into your joints for a warming massage.
Holiday Smells - Cinnamon is the perfect oil to diffuse during the holidays. Try it with oils like Douglas Fir or Wild Orange. Or try some of these diffuser blends.
Cinnamon Pine Cones - Another way to get the smell of Cinnamon in your home for the holidays, is by making these Cinnamon Pine Cones.
Bugs Be Gone - Cinnamon has some properties that make it a natural repellant. Try adding it to your natural repellant, or try some of the mixes found in this blog post.
Cinnamon Food Recipes
There are a lot, and I mean a lot, of food recipes that you can use Cinnamon oil in. Here are a few for you to try.
Cinnamon Apple Chips - These are a yummy, healthy snack. Next time you want to crunch on some potato chips, try these instead.
Cinnamon Creamer - How about some delicious Cinnamon Creamer to add to your coffee or whatever else you like to use creamer in?
Cinnamon Sugar Sprinkle - Do you love cinnamon toast, or to put a cinnamon sugar mix on your bagel? Try out this recipe!
Cinnamon Almond Granola - Granola can be so yummy, but so expensive to buy. It really isn't that hard to make your own granola. Try this recipe that uses Cinnamon Bark oil.
Cinnamon Spice Salad Dressing - How about a healthier food option with Cinnamon oil? Try this salad dressing recipe. It sounds yummy!
Cinnamon Apple Cake - Okay. This Cinnamon Apple Cake sounds delicious. If you've made this, let us know how it is!
Cinnamon Bark Throat Tea - I mentioned above that you can add it to water or tea to help soothe an irritated throat. Here is a recipe that you can try.
Melted Chocolate - Do you like to dip pretzels, strawberries, or other things in melted chocolate? Add a drop or two of Cinnamon to the melted chocolate.
Oatmeal Cinnamon Smoothie - Of course, I need to add a recipe for all of the smoothie lovers out there!
Citrus BBQ Sauce - Calling all grill masters! Try this recipe the next time you have some meat to marinate and season.
Pumpkin Butter - Did somebody say pumpkin? Yes, yes I did.
Creamy Peanut Butter Dip - Enjoy your fruits and veggies with this dip.
Wassail - If you love this traditional warm drink, here is a recipe you can try.
Vegan Eggnog - Oh my heavens. Do you love eggnog? Well here is a recipe using Cinnamon Bark and On Guard essential oils. Now you don't have to wait for it to be available in the stores!
Snickerdoodles - Yum! These are such yummy cookies. Now try making them with Cinnamon essential oil!
Cinnamon Popcorn - Add a twist to your movie night popcorn by adding On Guard and Cinnamon essential oil.
Overnight Cinnamon Oatmeal - Do you love overnight oatmeal recipes? Here is one for you to try out.
On Guard Pancakes - Here is a pancake recipe with a bit of an immunity boost.
Baked Apple Streusel - Cinnamon goes so well with apple recipes. Here is a streusel recipe to try out.
Now it's your turn. What is your favorite use for Cinnamon Bark essential oil?