Posts Tagged ‘anti-inflammatory’

Cinnamon: Health Benefits

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Long before I knew of the many healing properties of Cinnamon, I decided it was one of my favorite spices and seasoned many of my daily foods with it such as my morning breakfast coffee, toast, cereal, oatmeal, or pancakes. It’s also incredibly good on dinner foods such as spaghetti sauce, winter squash and sweet potatoes, and of course deserts like hot chocolate, pudding, and applesauce.

Used since ancient times as medicine, flavoring and as an embalming agent, Cinnamon contains a hefty dose of calcium, manganese, iron and fiber.

Modern research has shown that the common grocery store variety of Cinnamon has the most healing properties. However, Cinnamon can also be used as an essential oil as it has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, astringent, anti-clotting, stimulating, cooling, and has carminative properties. A word of caution though to anyone working with this essential oil!  Cinnamon Oil can be highly irritating to your skin and mucous membranes, so always dilute it, use with caution and never ingest it.

 

Cinnamon’s Many Benefits 

  • Boosting Brain Activity & Memory
  • Blood Purification
  • Blood Circulation
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Blood Sugar Regulation
  • Antiseptic properties
  • Mouth freshener
  • Digestive Aid
  • Improves Colon Health
  • Reduces Blood Platelet clumping
  • Reduces Blood Pressure

So the next time you sit down to eat your favorite dish, don’t forget the cinnamon!

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Aromatherapy Carrier Oil: Grapeseed

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Grapeseed Oil is a relatively new carrier oil in aromatherapy, as it was first introduced in the 1800’s during Napoleon’s reign in France.  At this time it was used as food and fuel for lighting.  Because only a small quantity of oil can be squeezed from a grape seed, this oil was  not usually produced until modern times.  And today, it is usually solvent extracted.  It is grown primarily in Italy, but also grown in France, Spain and Argentina.

Grapeseed oil is high in Linoleic Acid (Omega 6 fatty acid) and is a good anti-inflammatory, moisturizer, and can reduce acne and stretch marks.   It has also been known to regenerate and restructure damaged, stressed epithelium cells and remove foot odor.   Therefore, grapeseed carrier oil is often found in massage oils, sunburn repair oils, hair products, lip balms, hand creams and body hygiene products.

Grapeseed oil is also non-toxic. Because it is  slightly astringent,  it penetrates the skin easily.   Many massage therapists have long valued these properties, along with grapeseed oil’s light, greaseless texture, and non existent scent.

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