ARO­MATHER­APY RX

Use cin­na­mon es­sen­tial oil to lower high blood su­gar, boost men­tal and phys­i­cal en­ergy— and so much more

Better Nutrition - - CONTENTS - BY AMY JIRSA

Spice Up the Sea­son with Cin­na­mon When used in a dif­fuser, cin­na­mon es­sen­tial oil helps com­bat neg­a­tive en­ergy, boost vi­tal­ity, and more.

For me, no other scent in­duces a greater bout of sea­sonal nos­tal­gia than cin­na­mon ( Cin­namo­mum cas­sia). Whether I’m do­ing a lit­tle hol­i­day bak­ing, steep­ing cin­na­mon tea, or sim­mer­ing a few sticks on the stove top to in­still a warm at­mos­phere on a damp win­ter day, I’m in­stantly brought back to child­hood and all that cheery, warm hol­i­day fuzzi­ness.

Cin­na­mon es­sen­tial oil is known to have many ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing an­tibac­te­rial, an­ti­fun­gal, an­timi­cro­bial, as­trin­gent, carmi­na­tive, cool­ing, and stim­u­lat­ing. It also helps en­hance di­ges­tion, par­tic­u­larly if you need help di­gest­ing heavy foods. Here are few ways to heal your mind and body with cin­na­mon.

For the Mind:

Cin­na­mon fl ower essence will help you ex­press your­self cre­atively and with ease by bring­ing those la­tent ex­pres­sive abil­i­ties, so of­ten lost with child­hood, to the fore­front of your daily life. The added bonus? By feel­ing and ex­press­ing your emo­tions, you are “un­pack­ing” your emo­tional bag­gage and leav­ing the bags be­hind.

You can take cin­na­mon fl ower essence over a pe­riod of time, as you slowly be­gin to let go of old pat­terns and states of emo­tional dis­ease. Or take it be­fore mak­ing a big pre­sen­ta­tion, walk­ing up on stage, speak­ing in pub­lic, or show­ing up at a fam­ily gath­er­ing or party ( es­pe­cially if you’re an in­tro­vert like me).

For the Body:

Cin­na­mon helps di­ges­tion and pre­vents fl at­u­lence, bloat­ing, heart­burn, and nau­sea. Since it helps sta­bi­lize blood su­gar and ap­petite, warm­ing and stim­u­lat­ing the whole di­ges­tive sys­tem, it’s a great herb for sup­port­ing weight loss and a pow­er­ful ally if you’re deal­ing with type 2 di­a­betes.

Cin­na­mon’s an­tibac­te­rial, an­timi­cro­bial, and an­ti­fun­gal prop­er­ties make it a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to many cold and fl u reme­dies, in­clud­ing es­sen­tial oil blends. When mixed with a car­rier oil, the es­sen­tial oil cin­na­mon is warm­ing and heal­ing for strained mus­cles, fun­gal in­fec­tions, and cuts and scrapes.

DIY Cin­na­mon Tea

I like to sim­mer up a big quart jar of cin­na­mon tea and keep it in the fridge for ease of ac­cess. Pour 4 cups wa­ter into a small saucepan and add 4 good- qual­ity ( or­ganic) cin­na­mon sticks. Cover and sim­mer for 10 min­utes, then doc­tor with ste­via ( a sweet­ener that won’t aff ect your blood su­gar), unsweet­ened nut­milk or soymilk, and a dash of vanilla. If you bat­tle high blood su­gar, drink this tea 20 min­utes af­ter your meal. And if you bat­tle low blood su­gar ( hy­po­glycemia), drink it through­out the day on an empty stom­ach.

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