There are many benefits to taking cinnamon oil, and there are also risks. Here you will learn the difference between Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon, as well as what the benefits and risks are to taking each.
The most common type of cinnamon available on store shelves is Cassia Cinnamon. It is derived from the Cinnamomum cassia tree, is the cheapest, and is the most widely available.
The other type of Cinnamon is called Ceylon Cinnamon. It is more rare, more expensive, and comes from the Cinnamomum verum tree.
Both types are comprised of compounds and phytochemicals, such as cinnamaldehyde and eugenol. It’s these elements that make cinnamon beneficial for health.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?
Cinnamon derived from the Cinnamomum cassia tree contains coumarin, a chemical which may cause liver and kidney damage and can worsen liver conditions if too much is used. Also, IF YOU ARE DIABETIC, ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING ANY KIND OF CINNAMON AS IT MAY INTERFERE WITH OTHER MEDICATIONS.
Cinnamon oil’s properties make it a popular choice for at-home aromatherapy treatments.
In aromatherapy, essential oils are diffused or spritzed into the air so they can be breathed in or absorbed into the skin. Aromatherapy has been linked to many benefits, including reduced depression and anxiety, and better sleep.
Cinnamon oil’s use in aromatherapy hasn’t been extensively studied, but many people enjoy the scent of cinnamon and find it relaxing.
Research suggests that cinnamon oil:
- Combats hard-to-treat bacterial organisms. A study, which used bacterial cultures and lab tests, found that compounds in cinnamon oil had an antimicrobial effect against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a potentially life-threatening, drug-resistant bacteria that affects plants, people, and other animals.
- Supports oral health. Cinnamon’s antibacterial and antifungal properties have been found to be effective against Streptococcus mutans and on Candida ssp biofilm, two agents which cause oral infections and cavities in teeth.
- Disinfects. Cinnamon bark oil’s antibacterial properties make it a safe, effective, and non-chemical additive alternative that can be used to preserve products and increase their shelf life. One study found that cinnamon oil could be effectively used as a preservative in cosmetics, toiletries, and hospital-setting disinfectants.
Cinnamon oil is very strong, and it’s easy to use too much. Side effects and adverse reactions include skin rashes or burning.
It’s very important to dilute cinnamon oil with a carrier oil, prior to use.
Never rub or massage cinnamon oil directly on skin unless it’s diluted with a carrier oil.
Cinnamon oil doesn’t mix with water. Don’t pour undiluted oil directly into bathwater, as it’ll bead and can burn or irritate skin.
You also shouldn’t ingest full-strength cinnamon oil or pour it into capsules meant for oral use. Cinnamon oil can burn mucus membranes and the lining of the esophagus. Avoid rubbing full-strength cinnamon oil on the gums or getting it into your eyes too.
Some people are allergic to cinnamon. Be sure to avoid cinnamon oil or products containing cinnamon oil if you have a cinnamon allergy.
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