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Cinnamon, the common spice, sold in the United States is typically the close cousin Cassia which also is extracted as an effective essential oil with somewhat similar characteristics. True Cinnamon essential oil has more intense properties, is more costly, and some feel more effective. The tropical Cinnamon tree is common to Southeast Asia where the highest quality Cinnamon is grown. Essential oils can be processed from both the inner bark or the leaves of the tree resulting in much different properties. Hence it is important to identify which Cinnamon oil you are using. The oil referenced here is Cinnamon bark and is steam or water extracted from the inner bark of the tree. DōTerra Cinnamon is of the family Laureaceae, grown in Indonesia and distilled from the bark of the tree.
Since Cinnamon is both an emotional and physical stimulant its benefits can be enjoyed in a number of ways. Diffusing or as a bath oil (only a small amount since it is very strong, ie hot) can invigorate and help and uplift. As a physical stimulant it can be mixed with a carrier oils and applied topically for sore and painful muscles and joints. Some suggest that for digestive problems that simply a drop of Cinnamon mixed with warm water and a sweetener then slowly sipped helps.
Precautions: Cinnamon can be irritating to the skin, especially sensitive areas, therefore dilute with a carrier oil and use a skin test before topical application. This is a GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) oil for internal consumption but should be done so with proper dilution and used with caution) It is recommended to not use it internally with young children. Consult professional advice before use by those who are pregnant or nursing mothers.
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NOTE: The advice shared in this site has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. As members offer or look for answers, kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance - thus helping the body's natural defenses to restore homeostasis. Essential oils are not used to "treat" medical problems.