Essential oils are a fantastic tool to help you improve your health! If you’re not familiar with essential oils, cinnamon is a great place to begin. Its health benefits are undeniable and it’s easy to work with.
Cinnamon has long been a coveted spice. The Bible lists cinnamon as a valuable spice in several places, including Exodus 30:23, Proverbs 7:17, and Song of Solomon 4:14. In 78 A.D., cinnamon was listed in the first European medical guide, the Dioscorides de Materia Medica. A few hundred years later, it was often included in “Four Thieves Vinegar”, a concoction used to ward off the bubonic plague. According to History.com, the Portuguese enslaved Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka) in the 1500s because of the presence of cinnamon on the island. Conflict continued there as the island passed from the Dutch to the British until the 1800s when other delicacies became more valuable than cinnamon.
We now know that this sought-after spice has a plethora of health benefits. It is an immune booster, as well as an anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. It covers a wide variety of infections! It also can increase blood flow, is a light anti-coagulant, and works as a stomach protectant. In 1980, R.T. Yousef discovered that pathogenic microorganisms cannot live in the presence of cinnamon oil. Pretty amazing!
To use cinnamon essential oils, make sure you dilute it with another oil. I recommend 1 drop of cinnamon oil to 50 drops of a vegetable or massage oil. Test it on your skin for sensitivity and handle it with caution as the vapors may irritate your nasal membranes if they are directly inhaled. Apply it topically to the ankles, wrists, and the bottom of the feet.
A great thing about cinnamon essential oil is that it’s easy to incorporate into food! Here’s an easy recipe that is as delicious as it is good for you:
1 – 1 ½ C. Young Living Blue Agave
¾ tsp. Vanilla
½ C. butter
4 ½ C. Oatmeal
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 ¼ C. peanut butter
1 drop Young Living Cinnamon Bark Oil
Mix all ingredients in the order given. Add 1 or more of the following: raisins, nuts, carob chips, flaxseeds, etc. if desired. Drop onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Yields 1 dozen cookies.