Highlighting Cinnamon, Orange, and Nutmeg Essential Oils

water dropWhen you think of fall, do smells of yummy spices that go with pumpkin treats come to mind?

This month I’m excited to report I’ll be receiving three of my favorite oils as freebies along with all of those who place qualifying orders. 😀 These oils are perfect for the start of the spooky season of microbe explosion.

Here are the 3 fall oil fragrances that my family will be diffusing in October:

Cinnamon Bark:

Ahh…the smell of cinnamon oil, a beloved fragrance and ingredient many use in home baking. (It is also a key ingredient in Thieves® essential oil blend).

Cinnamon oil has been shown to support digestion, make for an unfriendly environment for growth of microbes and viruses, and may help support healthy blood sugar levels.

 

Orange: A high source of d-limonene and polyphenols. This makes orange oil supportive for immune function, microbiome health (gut bugs), modulating inflammation, assisting with cleansing the body, and acting as an antioxidant.

 

Nutmeg: Spicy and warmly aromatic, nutmeg is perfect for diffusing and also for supporting the immune system from microbes and for liver health. It may also provide mood support.

 

Applications:

Diffuse to invite tranquility and relaxation, or dilute in a 1:4 ratio and apply topically or take internally.

 

May you all have a deliciously healthy fall season!

 

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Sources for Cinnamon:

  • Gordon, A. Can Cinnamon Oil Fight this winter’s Microbial Assault? Green Med Newsletter. February 5, 2012.
  • Medicinal properties of ‘true’ cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): a systematic review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2013; 13: 275. Published online Oct 22, 2013. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-13-275. PMCID: PMC3854496
  • Crawford P. Effectiveness of cinnamon for lowering hemoglobin A1C in patients with type 2 diabetes: A randomized, controlled trial. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2009;22:507.
  • Vafa M, et al. Effects of cinnamon consumption on glycemic status, lipid profile and body composition in type 2 diabetic patients. International Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012;3:531.

 

Sources for Orange:

  • Flavonoids and cancer prevention: a review of the evidence. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr. 2012;31(3):206-38. doi: 10.1080/21551197.2012.702534
  • Dietary flavonoids as cancer prevention agents. J Environ Sci Health C Environ Carcinog Ecotoxicol Rev. 2011;29(1):1-31. doi: 10.1080/10590501.2011.551317
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility. Cancer and Toxic Chemicals. http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/confronting-toxics/cancer-and-toxic-chemicals.html.
  • Antioxidative effects of lemon oil and its components on copper induced oxidation of low density lipoprotein. Arzneimittelforschung. 2001 Oct;51(10):799-805. PMID: 11715632
  • Plant phenylpropanoids as emerging anti-inflammatory agents. Mini Rev Med Chem. 2011 Sep;11(10):823-35.
  • D-Limonene: a review of its safety and clinical applications.  Altern Med Rev. 2007 Sep;12(3):259-64. PMID: 18072821.
  • Citrus peel use is associated with reduced risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. Nutr Cancer. 2000;37(2):161-8. PMID: 11142088

 

Sources for Nutmeg:

  • Hepatoprotective effect of myristicin from nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) on lipopolysaccharide/d-galactosamine-induced liver injury. J Agric Food Chem. 2003 Mar 12;51(6):1560-5.
  • Evaluation of the anti–depressant activity of Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg) in male rats. Avicenna J Phytomed. 2012 Spring; 2(2): 72–78.PMCID: PMC4075663.
  • Antimicrobial activity of nutmeg against Escherichia coli O157. J Biosci Bioeng. 2002;94(4):315-20.

Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic, Grade A essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been AFNOR and ISO standardized. There is no quality control in the United States and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin.

This information is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness.

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