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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Brenda Erby Fudge: Diabetics find health benefits in cinnamon essential oils

  • Results of modern studies are demonstrating its benefits and effects on numerous health issues, including type two diabetes.
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  • Known for centuries as “the fragrance of life”, the use of cinnamon essential oil dates back even prior to its Biblical references in both the Old and New Testaments.  Results of modern studies are also demonstrating its benefits and effects on numerous health issues, including type two diabetes.
     
    Cinnamon’s active component cinnamaldehyde has been known for its hypoglycemic effects, making it beneficial in the treatment of diabetes.  Numerous test results have been reporting a decrease in blood glucose levels as well as blood lipid levels through treatments with cinnamon extracts. 
     
    Adding cinnamon essential oil to a bath can also be invigorating and will help in soothing painful joints and muscles.  Cinnamon oil has been known to be effective against colds, infections and coughs, as many viruses and bacteria cannot survive in its presence.  Keep in mind that pure essential oils are extremely potent and should be diluted when applied topically by using a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. 
     
    The tropical regions of Indonesia provide perfect growing conditions for cinnamon trees.  The rich Indonesian soil, combined with its abundant rainfall, growing seasons and climate, produce the rarest and purest quality of cinnamon essential oil available.  Oils produced from the bark of the trees must be tested and proven to be free of pesticides and other chemicals before being processed and certified as pure, therapeutic grade. 
     
    As with all essential oils, the rarity and costs play important factors in producing the final product. Unfortunately, the United States cannot produce the strongest, purest forms of many essential oils being recommended by today’s medical professionals.   This results in tedious and time-consuming research being required in order to locate suitable growing areas that are satisfactory for trees and plants indigenous, or native, to other areas of the world. 
     
    Essential oils continue to make dramatic contributions to wellness and mainstream medicine. The clinical research is at an all-time high and aromatic science has become a fast growing field, recognized for its support of many protocols in natural treatments. 
     
    Nature has always provided safe, effective solutions to health management through plant-based therapies.  Before the days of toxic chemicals and harmful, synthetic additives, our medicines were only made from all-natural ingredients taken from the earth.
     
    When health issues or concerns arise, discuss the safe, effective benefits of natural essential oils with your doctor.  Thankfully, physicians and medical professionals worldwide have been researching and recommending these natural solutions for many years and are guiding patients away from prescription drugs and their harmful side effects.
     
    (Brenda is an active wellness advocate of natural, alternative healthcare solutions, speaking frequently to local groups and organizations. She owns her own business, is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, the Rotary Club of Heber Springs and the Chamber of Commerce.  Submit questions to the “Q&A” at brenda_fudge@yahoo.com or to PO Box 367, Quitman, AR  72131)

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