Cinnamon essential oil has many powerful properties and may even increase survival rates from the flu, but be sure you know your are getting true cinnamon, not cassia. The dangers of Cassia may shock you!
True Cinnamon is proven to be an:
There are mainly four types of cinnamon:
• True cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
• Indonesian cinnamon (Cinnamomum burmanni)
• Vietnamese cinnamon (Cinnamomum loureiroi)
• Cassia cinnamon or Chinese cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum).
Many companies use Cassia (calling it cinnamon) in their blends.
However, “According to the European Food safe authority, cassia cinnamon has been the cause of exposure to [higher amounts of ] coumarin which is highly hepatotoxic and carcinogenic.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4466762/
“Cassia cinnamon contains ... 1% coumarin, whereas true cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum contains only a trace, about 0.004%. Due to the high cost of true cinnamon, cassia cinnamon is often used.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3385612/
Therefore we use Cinnamomum zeylanicum in our Germ Fighting Blend. Its antimicrobial power is well documented:
“The cinnamaldehyde component of cinnamon is responsible for its anti-microbial activity. It can inhibit the growth of Listeria and Escherichia coli in food products thereby potentiating their shelf life…[Cinnamon] it is said to inhibit protein synthesis which is responsible for is ability to improve survival in mice following infection with influenza A/PR/8 virus.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4466762/#ref26
“Inhalation … of [trans-cinnamaldehyde (CA), one of the principal constituents of essential oil] significantly increased survival rates on the 8 days to 100% and 70%, respectively, in contrast to a survival rate of 20% in the untreated control group.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17303260/
In addition, true cinnamon is known to improve cognitive function. Cinnamomum zeylanicum also has promise in limiting the Alzheimer induced changes in the brain and improve recognition. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4466762/
So when you diffuse, be sure to diffuse the correct cinnamon to get the safest benefits for your family this winter.
Ninette Jackson (Clinical Aromatherapist)
Josiah's Oils, LLC
8 Meadow Lane, Lancaster, Pa
Ninette has been working with essential oils for over 12 years and has undergone approximately 860 hours of study & testing to obtain her certifications. Her Aromatherapy shop, which she runs with her husband and great supporting staff, Josiah's Oils, has been in business since 2011 serving her customers with the highest quality essential oils and therapeutic blends, as well as diffusers, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, salves and more - ALL hand-made with Ninette's own recipes.
Ninette has experience teaching about essential oils uses and purity at local libraries, chiropractors' offices, parenting groups, nursing homes, Lancaster General Hospital, PA Herb & Garden Expo, Lancaster General Rehabilitation Hospital and alternative health groups. She has contributed her expert advice regarding essential oils in the media to publications including Wellness Magazine, & LancasterOnLine, LNP (newspaper). Ninette's essential oils blends have been featured in Kiwi Magazine, Wellness Magazine, The HealthBarn USA among many others! Ninette has authored the books Essential Oils Use & Safety Guide and Essential Oil Use Guide Second Edition, which are available on Amazon and other sources. Ninette also has a Doctorate degree from Widener University and Bachelors Degree from Rowan University.