Cinnamon has been employed for centuries to provide rapid relief of bladder and urinary tract infections, digestive tract issues, as well as enzymatic deficiency in the gut. It was also used as a powerful anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-infectious, anti-viral, and antifungal. The oldest known uses include treating toothaches and fighting bad breath. Regular ingestion is believed to stave off the common cold and help digestion.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Antibacterial, Anthelmintic, Antidiarrhoeal, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antiputrescent, Aphrodisiac, Astringent, Carminative, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Orexigenic, Parasiticide, Stimulant, Stomachic, Vermifuge.
Regarding Cancer: Pharmacological experiments suggest that the cinnamon-derived dietary factor cinnamic aldehyde (cinnamaldehyde) activates the Nrf2-dependent antioxidant response in human epithelial colon cells and may therefore represent an experimental chemopreventive dietary factor targeting colorectal carcinogenesis. The USDA-FDA published an article that mentions the anti-cancerous actions of Cinnamon.
Regarding anti-oxidant properties: The antioxidant capacity of Cinnamon is second only to Clove oil. The CO2 distilled oil has a more complex chemistry than the steam distilled and should be an even more broad-spectrum antioxidant. Oxidative stress is involved in many diseases, such as atherosclerosis, Parkinson's disease, heart failure, myocardial infarction, Alzheimer's disease and chronic fatigue syndrome, but short-term oxidative stress may also be important in prevention of aging by induction of a process called mitohormesis.Reactive oxygen compounds (such as those found in Cinnamon essential oil) can be beneficial, as they are used by the immune system as a way to attack and kill pathogens.
- Stimulates digestion and appetite
- Calms stomach and intestinal cramping
- Cleanses intestinal tract of pathogenic bacteria
- Relieves nausea and vomiting
- Cures diarrhea
- Stimulates blood flow (can aid with sexual arousal)
- Supports white blood cell function
- Relieves aches and chills associated with the flu
- Boosts core body temperature
- Treats Candida (yeast infection)
- Fights bladder and urinary tract infections
Muscles and Joints
- Loosens tights muscles
- Calms growth-spurt spasms
- Relieves joint pain from arthritis or injury
- Stimulates healing of pulled muscle