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The Other Side of Cinnamon

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A fragrant stick of rolled-up cinnamon bark pictures a deliciously familiar herb. You already know how to bake, cook, and even decorate with this aromatic cinnamon stick. But there’s so much more to see in Cinnamon Bark! We’ll momentarily set the mouthwatering baked goods aside and venture into the lesser known uses of spicy, hot dōTERRA® Cinnamon Bark oil.

For purposes including dental care and household surface purification, use Cinnamon Bark as a cleansing agent. Give your mouth an evening gargle with one drop of this spicy oil in two ounces of water. Cinnamon Bark possesses natural cleansing properties that will send toxic invaders running and leave you feeling fresh. Of course, these very same qualities also make it a great household cleaner! A spray bottle full of water with a few drops of Cinnamon Bark is all you need for a quick, effective cleaning spray. Using essential oils in this way saves you from spending a few dollars here, several dollars there, on toxic products that claim cleaning power. These synthetic products will gradually drop off your shopping list as you learn more about how to incorporate essential oils such as Cinnamon Bark into your daily life. Those dollars add up, and so do the supportive benefits of using the pure and natural solutions dōTERRA places in our hands!

Those who are well versed in herbal study describe Cinnamon Bark with words like heating, stimulating, and moving. As you might imagine, any oil with these properties is wonderful for soothing the cold ache of winter in the form of a warming muscle and joint massage. Dilute Cinnamon Bark with a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, before smoothing onto tired, chilled areas in need of some heat and circulation. To jazz up the immune system as well as metabolism, take two drops internally in a Veggie Capsule. Due to this oil’s intrinsic heat, you’ll want to opt for either the Veggie Capsule or placing a drop into your hot water or tea rather than dropping it directly under your tongue. Cinnamon Bark is hot, hot, hot!

Just for fun, combine hot Cinnamon Bark with the coolest of cool oils in this simply delightful blend.

Fire and Ice

• 3 drops Cinnamon Bark

• 2 drops Peppermint

What makes Cinnamon Bark oil able to make such a significant impact on its surroundings? Two words: cinnamaldehyde and eugenol. These two natural chemicals support healthy function across multiple body systems, which explains why this herb is so heavily relied upon in traditional and natural health-supporting practices.

Here’s another side of Cinnamon Bark that may be new to you: use aromatically for emotional balance, letting the aroma open up denied feelings and increase receptivity. This diffuser blend might come across as a bit intense — in a good way.

Honest Truth

• 3 drops Cinnamon Bark

• 2 drops Frankincense

• 2 drops Patchouli

Local harvesters of the tropical evergreen cinnamon tree say that if you cut the bark correctly, the same tree will keep growing year after year. The bark is then either crushed into powder for cooking, or sold to be distilled. I like to imagine the aroma that would surround me while standing in the middle of a cinnamon forest...locals describe the air as clean and fresh! Set aside the cinnamon uses you’re familiar with in the kitchen to discover its other side, ready for you to experience in the form of dōTERRA Cinnamon Bark.