Among the spices in a spice drawer or cabinet, cinnamon is a standout. Its intense spicy aroma can warm and uplift the spirits any time of the year, although it’s a perennial favorite around the holidays. But immersing yourself in the scent of cinnamon is just one of the ways to benefit from this ever popular spice. Cinnamon is equally valued for its medicinal properties as it is for improving your mood. In fact, the health benefits of the spice, which comes from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree, have been employed for thousands of years.
Just look at what cinnamon can do for you and it’s no wonder it’s a staple in most spice drawers or cabinets. Among its many benefits, according to Heathline:
It is loaded with antioxidants, such as polyphenols.
It has anti-inflammatory properties, which may lower the risk of disease
It may improve some key risk factors for heart disease, including cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure
Cinnamon has been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar levels, having a potent anti-diabetic effect at 1–6 grams or 0.5–2 teaspoons per day.
Animal and test-tube studies indicate that cinnamon may have protective effects against cancer.
Enhancing massage with cinnamon
Because of its benefits for health and mood, cinnamon essential oil (which by the way is the source of its distinct smell and flavor, says Healthline) makes a perfect complement to a massage. While it’s helping to alleviate feeling of anxiety, depression or exhaustion, cinnamon essential also is helping to strengthen the body’s immune system. And applied topically as an ingredient in a massage treatment, with its pain-relieving properties, it can help alleviate muscle and joint aches pains and stiffness.
To help your clients enjoy the benefits of cinnamon essential oil, BIOTONE provides the following offerings: