For most people cinnamon is a kitchen spice rolled out in the fall to give a seasonal flavor to apple pies and cookies, but did you know that cinnamon in the form of cinnamon oil can deliver some amazing health benefits?
Today we generally give little thought to the herbs and spices in our kitchens beyond the tantalizing flavor that they add to our food. In the past however, herbs and spices were revered for their healing and medicinal properties. And with good reason!
In the days before pharmaceutical drugs, herbs, spices and plant based medicines were all that people had. Traditional low-tech methods of using healing plants involved steeping roots, leaves and flowers to make infusions (herbal teas) and grinding up plant material for pastes, poultices, compresses and salves.
Later, more high-tech methods of preparing plant medicines were developed, and these involved extracting concentrated plant essences and the chemical constituents they contained. And it’s these essences that we know today as essential oils.
Essential oils smell incredible and they’re widely used as room fragrances in diffusers and as perfume ingredients, but they still hold the same potent healing compounds as they did when our ancestors first figured out how to obtain them many centuries ago, which makes them a smart addition to any natural home remedy kit.