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23 Amazing Uses of Cinnamon Oil

23 Amazing Uses of Cinnamon Oil

Essential oils are incredibly useful, natural remedies that I feel need to be utilized more in our everyday lives. Cinnamon oil, for example, has been used for thousands of years. According to the bible, it was used as an anointing oil ingredient. In more recent times, cinnamon oil has been clinically tested and proven to have some very important medicinal properties.

It boosts the immune system, contains a huge concentration of antioxidants, and has antiviral, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and antiplatelet properties. Cinnamon oil is also a very effective anti-parasitic. Cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon leaf oil are both readily available. Cinnamon bark oil is generally more expensive and potent than the leaf oil but they are both extremely useful.

1. Disinfect Your Home

Add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil to a gallon of water and use it to clean your entire home. It will kill bacteria and viruses. You can add a few drops of orange or tangerine essential oil, too, to enhance the fragrance and help kill fungal spores. Clean your whole house and everything in it with this disinfecting solution. You can even clean your shoes with it.

2. Remove Bacteria and Viruses from the Air

Put 1 to 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil into a vaporizer or diffuser. The vapors make your home smell wonderful and help clear harmful bacteria and viruses from the air you breathe. Turn off the vaporizer or diffuser after 30 to 45 minutes then crack a window to let the air clear. You should not breathe it for more than 60 minutes.

**Caution – strong cinnamon essential oil can irritate nasal passages.
Do not open the bottle and take a deep sniff of undiluted cinnamon oil**

3. Fight Bacterial Infections

Use a combination of essential oils to help your body fight bacterial infections. Dr. Josh Axe suggests mixing 1 drop each of oregano essential oil, ginger essential oil, peppermint essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, cinnamon essential oil and thyme essential oil into 1/2 cup of water and drinking the mixture. Dr. Axe goes on to say, “It’s important that you’re certain that the oils you’re using are pure and approved for ingestion.” Many manufacturers add other ingredients to essential oils. Make sure the oils are pure, approved for ingestion and approved by your physician, especially if you are already being treated by a doctor.

4. Fight External Bacterial Infections and Rashes

Add 1 to 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil into a couple tablespoons of coconut oil for a bacteria-fighting, moisturizing mixture.

**Caution – cinnamon essential oil can irritate skin and/or cause an allergic reaction. Test topical applications on a small patch of skin and wait a day.**

5. Cleanse Your Face

Clear up acne and reduce or eliminate bacteria, inflammation, rashes and swelling with a honey/cinnamon oil face wash. Combine 1 tablespoon coconut oil with 3 tablespoons of raw honey, mix in 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 20 drops of cinnamon oil and the contents of 2 live probiotic capsules. Use a blender or mixer to thoroughly combine the ingredients. Apply a small amount to your face, rub it around gently then rinse with warm water. You can store it in a tightly sealed bottle or small container in a cool area.

6. Combat Athletes Foot and Foot Odor

Put a drop of cinnamon oil into a container of warm water that is large enough for your feet. Soak your feet until the water begins to cool. This will help control athletes foot and foot odor.

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7. Control Your Blood Sugar and Insulin Release

Use cinnamon essential oil to reduce blood sugar spikes and insulin levels. Cinnamon helps your body maintain stable blood sugar levels. It also helps prevent overeating, cravings for sweets, moodiness and chronic fatigue. Simply inhaling it will help. Be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin using cinnamon essential oil. Put 1 to 2 drops into a diffuser or dab a drop or two on your chest, wrists. Turn off the diffuser or wash the cinnamon oil off after 30 to 45 minutes. You shouldn’t breathe vaporized essential oils for more than 1 hour.

8. Prevent or Alleviate Headaches

Add cinnamon essential oil to your diffuser, vaporizer or even a pan of boiling water to alleviate a headache or prevent one. Stand, sit or lay down near the diffuser or vaporizer and inhale the vapors for 30 to 45 minutes. The cinnamon oil will expand your blood vessels, improving your circulation and alleviating your headache pain. Limit use to 45 minutes, though, then open a window and get some fresh air.

9. Boost your Weight-loss Efforts

Due to cinnamon essential oil’s ability to help stabilize blood sugar levels, it can help you lose weight. It also adds great flavors which can turn healthy foods into a tasty treat. Add 1 to 2 drops of pure cinnamon essential oil to oatmeal, tea, fruit, smoothies or baked goods. Use it once or twice a day.

10. Reduce Inflammation in Achy Joints

Use the cinnamon essential oil/coconut oil mixture to soothe inflamed, achy joints and warm them after you’ve been out in the cold. Just a couple drops in a couple tablespoons of coconut oil will do the trick.

**Cinnamon essential oil should not be used for children under 6 years of age and should be diluted further for children over 6.**

11. Soothe your Sore Throat

Stir 1 to 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of honey into a cup of hot water. Sip the soothing concoction as soon as you get up in the morning, mid-afternoon and in the evening to reduce inflammation and relieve your sore throat. This combination will also give you a quick boost for your immune system and energy levels. You can also add just the cinnamon essential oil to hot water or hot tea for throat-soothing benefits.

12. Decongest your Sinuses

Use the sore throat remedy to help clear out your sinuses. Just inhale the vapors that rise from the cup in between sips. They will reduce the inflammation in your sinuses so the mucous can drain more freely.

13. Brush your Teeth with Homemade Toothpaste

Mix 1 drop of cinnamon essential oil, peppermint essential oil and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda thoroughly into a teaspoon of Coconut oil and brush your teeth with it. You will have a wonderful antimicrobial, antibacterial, plaque-fighting, breath-freshening natural toothpaste.

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14. Improve your Heart Health

Add 1 to 2 drops of cinnamon oil to your hot cup of tea or food or inhale its vapors for 30 to 45 minutes a day to help improve your heart health. Cinnamon essential oil helps reduce plaque buildup so your arteries can produce nitric oxide more efficiently. This helps reduce the likelihood of the development of atherosclerosis and improves circulation.

15. Relieve Toothache

Put 1 to 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil on a cotton ball or gauze square. Place the cotton ball or gauze on your sore tooth and gently bite down to hold it in place. Your toothache should quickly subside.

16. Improve Digestion​

Mix 1 to 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil into 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil. Massage your abdomen with the oil mixture for 5 minutes once or twice a day. It will help relieve gastric distress and alleviate discomfort from inflammatory conditions.

17. Give your Libido a Nudge

Cinnamon essential oil improves your libido and actually alleviates erectile dysfunction. It has this affect due to its ability to improve circulation. This is basically the same way that prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction work. When your circulation improves, your whole body benefits from the increased blood flow, oxygen and nutrients. Put 1 to 2 drops in your tea or coffee, use the digestive aid oil (rubbed into the abdomen) to help increase circulation or use the diffuser or vaporizer for 30 to 45 minutes each day.

18. Improve your Mood

Use cinnamon essential oil to help alleviate depression by dispelling negativity and generally elevating your mood. The soothing aroma of cinnamon and increased circulation will make you feel better physically and emotionally. Put a couple drops in a warm, soothing beverage or use it in aromatherapy.

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19. Lower your Blood Pressure

Add 1 to 2 drops to your food or beverage once or twice a day to help reduce your blood pressure. You will get this benefit along with a healthier heart and improved circulation.

20. Improve your Concentration

Combine 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil, 2 drops of rosemary essential oil and 5 drops of lemon essential oil in your diffuser or vaporizer. The vapor from this combination of oils has been shown to improve your ability to concentrate and remain task-oriented throughout the day. 21 Uses for Cinnamon Essential Oil.

21. Warm your Cold Feet at Night

Use cinnamon essential oil to warm your feet up before you get into bed. Just add 1 drop of oil to a cup of hot tea and drink it about an hour before you go to bed.

22. Make your Own Hand Sanitizer

Add a few drops of cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary essential oils to a few tablespoons of coconut oil. Mix it well, put it in a small plastic jar with a screw lid and keep it handy. It will sanitize and moisturize your hands whenever you need it and make them smell wonderful.

23. Relieve Muscle Soreness from Exercise

Take cinnamon essential oil to reduce muscle soreness. Clinical studies have shown that cinnamon reduces inflammation for women who experience muscle soreness from exercise. Flavor your food with 1 to 2 drops once a day, put it in a hot cup of tea or add it to coconut oil and rub it into your tired, sore muscles.

Was this list helpful to you? I have used cinnamon for decades for its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and antiviral properties but only recently discovered how many other uses there are for this great essential oil. I hope you will begin using cinnamon essential oil and take advantage of all of its health-improving properties.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this list helped and tell me about your own personal experiences with cinnamon essential oil. We can just keep adding to the list of great uses for it. Be sure to share so that others can become aware of all the benefits of this essential oil.

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About the author

    Reannan Raine

    Reannan worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Now she devotes her time to freelance writing and sharing knowledge about alternative ways to stay healthy. She believes we could all benefit from the use of fresh herbs and spices in our cooking, essential oils in our medicine cabinets and daily meditation.

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