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What's Hot, Warm and Spicy? Cinnamon!
I could have gone in so many directions with that question and still might. But for now let's talk about cinnamon and its many uses.
I don't know about where you live but where I am, if you walk into the grocery store as fall approaches, you'll be greeted with the sweet smell of cinnamon.
As an essential oil, cinnamon can help warm your body when added to liniment or bath oil. It's also known to strengthen the heart and nervous system.
When you're in the market for cinnamon there are two essential oils on the market. There is cinnamon bark and cinnamon leaf. Technically, cinnamon bare can cause skin irritation so you might not use it for topical applications.
Aroma lamps with small amounts, like one or two drops will sweeten up the scent of a room. Under the care of a doctor that practices alternative medicine and understands essential oils, might prescribe cinnamon. But it must be highly diluted before consumed.
Where as cinnamon leaf can be used in bath oils, massage oils liniments and compresses. Some estheticians have used cinnamon leaf essential oils for warm relaxing facials. Cinnamon leaf essential oil has been used to fight gingivitis when used as a mouthwash.
How is Cinnamon used?
Remember earlier, I mentioned the smell of cinnamon as I entered the grocery store in the fall? Turns out that sweet scent was coming from brooms. Fall -Halloween - witches - they were always in this same area.
What I do know is that if you hang one of these brooms inside your front door, it brings the sweet aroma of cinnamon all throughout your house. For me, it was a bad idea to put it outside one year.
Then you've got the aroma brewing in the kitchen of apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Yummmmm! Don't forget the whipped cream!
I don't know about your house but with my family there's always a sweet potato pie or two or three baking in the oven. You can smell the aroma of cinnamon rising as it bakes.
Now for your skin, cinnamon essential oil has a mild astringent effect and this enables you to use it to tighten loose tissues. I'll take two bottles.
Cinnamon was once regarded as a precious substance and used for temple incense. Supposedly, the mythical Phoenix collected Cinnamon, Myrrh and Spikenard for use in the magical fire in which it was reborn.
Cinnamon is also regarded as a circulation oil, whether used in money rituals or circulation of blood when used in massage oils.
Try it for yourself but as always, use caution and dilute with a base oil before using it in any skin and personal care products.
Life Never Smelled So Sweet!
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