Fall is upon us and this magical time brings such cozy feelings. I don’t know about you, but this is my absolute favorite season. There are so many wonderful things about autumn. Leaves change to dazzling vibrant colors, the scent of warm pumpkin spice lattes and all the cinnamon.
Just thinking of cinnamon conjures up that oh so sweet aroma of baked goods. Did you know that cinnamon is much more than a spice in your kitchen? Cinnamon Bark essential oil packs in a ton of benefits.
- The oil comes from the bark of trees in the genus Cinnamomum and has been around for centuries.
- The Egyptians imported it, using it to embalm mummies!
- There was even a point where cinnamon was worth more than gold.
With this history, it's no wonder cinnamon is still a widely used oil.
Here are 5 reasons Cinnamon Bark Oil is a fall favorite:
1.) It’s the perfect way to get the scent of something baking without baking.
Not all of us are exquisite bakers. Even if we were, we don’t always have the time to put goodies into the oven to fill our homes with that wafting cozy smell. A couple drops of cinnamon bark oil in a diffuser blend is a sure fire way to get your home smelling like snickerdoodle cookies. An added benefit is essential oils are non-toxic. You and your family can enjoy the powerful scents without icky chemicals.
Want to recreate the smell of pumpkin spice latte in your living room?
Try out this blend:
2.) Its antibacterial properties are a great way to disinfect your home.
A study revealed cinnamon bark oil prevented bacterial activity which led the researchers to conclude this plant-based oil could be used as an alternative non-toxic cleaner. It’s no wonder the oil is an essential ingredient to the popular Young Living Thieves oil.
Add a couple of drops to your non-toxic cleaners for a warm, comforting smell that also provides extra cleaning benefits!
3.) Its “hot” oil properties make it super easy to warm up on those colder fall days
Say goodbye to frozen toes and fingers! This oil is perfect for a massage as it creates a warming sensation. Just make sure to dilute properly in a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) when using it topically as a little goes a long way and you don’t want a bad reaction.
Try this Roller Blend:
4.) Treat acne-prone skin naturally with its astringent properties.
Zap pimples with it diluted in carrier oil (such as jojoba oil) or shrink your pores with a honey cinnamon mask. This is an ancient recipe that people are been using for centuries. I remember my mom and grandmother telling me they used this mask when they were teenagers growing up in India.
When applying to skin, always use a small amount and never apply it neatly.
DIY Honey Face Mask Recipe:
Mix 6 tablespoons of honey with 2 tsp ground cinnamon and 1 tsp ground nutmeg. Add 1 drop cinnamon bark oil. Mix until a paste forms. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
To Use: Apply to clean face and leave on for 5-7 minutes and no more than 10. If you feel any burning, remove immediately. With warm water, gently massage your skin as you wipe off the mask to reap extra exfoliating benefits.
Note: Cinnamon is potent. Always do a patch test before applying to check for reactions. If one drop cinnamon is too much, add more honey to dilute mixture.
5.) Use it to stimulate your scalp for increased hair growth.
When massaged into your scalp either with shampoo or carrier oil hair mask, the oil helps with circulation to the hair follicles. This can help with hair growth. It’s antibacterial properties are also helpful with cleaning hair naturally and keeping dandruff at bay.
Hair Mask Recipe:
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