Oils of the Month - November
This month we're focusing on two of our Essential Oils- Bergamot and Cinnamon Bark
Bergamot Essential Oil is known to build confidence and enhance your mood, Bergamot oil is one of the best essential oils for depression and it helps to alleviate stress and anxiety. In traditional Chinese Medicine, Bergamot is used to help with the flow of vital energy so the digestive system can work properly, and it’s also used to prevent the growth of bacteria, relieve muscle pain and boost the health of your skin. If you are looking for a sweet, yet spicy, citrus-like fragrance that will leave you feeling calm, confident and at peace, then give bergamot oil a try. It’s benefits go far beyond it’s ability to boost your mood, too, with its positive effects on your cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory systems.
There are a number of a surprising health benefits from using bergamot essential oil as a natural remedy. Bergamot oil is antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. It’s uplifting, improves your digestion and keeps your system working properly.
- The top benefits include its ability to:
- relieve depression
- lower blood pressure
- prevent and fight infections
- relieve stress and anxiety
- alleviate pain
- boost skin health
- aid digestion
- work as a natural deodorant
- help relieve fever
- boost oral health
- fight respiratory conditions
- reduce cholesterol levels
How to use:
- Mix bergamot essential oil with a carrier oil to use as a body lotion or for massage.
- Add two to five drops of Bergamot essential oil to products such as body wash, shampoo, and facial scrubs.
- Add 8 to 10 drops to a diffuser.
- Add it to an inhaler for a soothing scent on-the-go.
- Apply bergamot oil mixed with a carrier oil directly to pimples, cysts, and blackheads. Leave on overnight.
Blends well with: Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and other citrus oils.
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is a highly versatile essential oil. It can be used to help prevent infection, remedy digestive issues, support the respiratory system, ease the pain of sore muscles, and more.
Cinnamon bark essential oil is distilled from the bark.
Cinnamon bark essential oil is known to have antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and carminative properties. This is all due to its composition, which includes:
The main component of cinnamon bark essential oil is cinnamaldehyde, which has powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Caryophyllene has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, while eugenol acts as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
Linalool is linked to the production of Vitamin E, a powerful anti-stress agent, and has been shown to promote restful sleep.
Uses for Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Cinnamon bark essential oil is highly revered in aromatherapy due to its versatile therapeutic properties. It can be used to boost immune system function, support oral health, relieve sore muscles, and support heart health.
Prevents Infections and Boosts Immune System Function
The antibacterial and antifungal properties of cinnamon bark essential oil help protect the body against harmful pathogens and can help boost immune system function.
One study tested the antibacterial properties of 21 different essential oils against six different bacterial species. The results of this study showed that of all the essential oils tested, cinnamon essential oil showed the highest levels of antibacterial activity.
Another study tested the anti-fungal activity of cinnamon essential oil against three different species of Candida. The results showed that cinnamon essential oil exhibited a strong anti-fungal effect against all three strains.
Remedies Digestive Issues
Cinnamon has been used since ancient times to remedy digestive issues such as diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, constipation, heartburn, and general stomach pain. The carminative properties of this essential oil help relieve bloating and flatulence, and using this oil both aromatically and topically can help relieve minor aches and pains.
To remedy digestive issues, mix a few drops of cinnamon bark essential oil with a carrier oil and gently massage onto the lower abdomen. You can also diffuse it throughout a room or add it to a warm bath. Supports Respiratory Health
If you’re suffering from a cough, cold, flu, congestion, bronchitis, or a sore throat, cinnamon bark essential oil can help relieve some of these symptoms. The antibacterial properties of this oil can help fight off illnesses that cause these symptoms, and its anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation in the throat and lungs.
To support the respiratory system and breathe easier, diffuse cinnamon bark essential oil throughout the home. You can also add a few drops into a bowl of warm water and breathe in the healing vapors. In the study showed that cinnamon essential oil was actually more effective than clove essential oil.
Relieves Pain Cinnamon bark essential oil is great to have during the winter months when joints and muscles begin to ache. Add a drop or two to a carrier oil, then gently heat and massage onto sore areas. A 2016 study studied the effects of cinnamon essential oil on acute and chronic pain in mice. The results showed that the cinnamon essential oil exhibited antinociceptive properties similar to that of popular over-the-counter pain medications.
Supports Cardiovascular Health
Cinnamon bark essential oil is a great natural way to boost heart health. A study published in 2014 tested how cinnamon bark extract combined with long-term aerobic training affected cardiovascular function in rats.
The results showed that those who were given a cinnamon bark extract exhibited lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Cinnamon bark essential oil is also thought to maintain healthy circulation, which further supports heart health. Simply diffusing this oil throughout the home can potentially provide these benefits.
Alleviates Stress and Promotes Relaxation
Cinnamon bark essential oil is known to relieve feelings of stress and anxiety and promote peace and relaxation. The aroma is warm and uplifting and is even believed to be an aphrodisiac.
To relieve stress and allow yourself to feel warm and relaxed, breathe in the therapeutic properties of cinnamon essential oil through a room diffuser or an inhaler.
How To Use Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Mix a few drops of cinnamon bark essential oil with water in a spray bottle to create a natural disinfecting spray for surfaces.
Diffuse cinnamon bark essential oil throughout the home to deodorize the air and rid the air of harmful pathogens.
Mix cinnamon bark essential oil with a carrier oil and use as a relaxing massage oil.
Safety and Precautions
Cinnamon bark essential oil is known for causing skin sensitivity, so this oil should always be diluted before using topically. Always conduct a patch test before applying over larger areas of the skin to avoid irritation. This essential oil may also be irritating to the nasal passages, so it isn’t recommended to sniff it directly from the bottle.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid the use of essential oils unless directed by a doctor.
Never use an essential oil in place of a prescription medication or to treat a chronic condition.