Use Cinnamon to Treat Chapped Irritated Lips

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Chapped, irritated lips are never pleasant. They are rough and flaky. When you put lipstick on them, it's like you have another lip growing underneath the old one. Luscious and plump lips are sexy and enticing. They are attractive because they show off the health and moisture that your skin has. Ready-made products could instantly plump up your chapped lips, but if you prefer an organic solution, cinnamon is the spice for you. Cinnamon oil is a natural lip plumper that you can use to get rid of irritated and chapped lips. Once you use cinnamon to treat chapped irritated lips, you will save so much on expensive dry lip treatments. Cinnamon oil will definitely rejuvenate your lips and make them look and feel younger than ever. With regular use, every lipstick application will look flawless, and every kiss will be unforgettable.

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What Cinnamon Oil Has to Offer

Cinnamomum zeylanicumi is the source of cinnamon oil. It is also known as true cinnamon, Madagascar, Seychelles, or Ceylon. It is used as a solution for weakness, rheumatism, flu, colds, digestive disorders, depression, and fatigue. Cinnamon oil has a musky, spicy, and warm smell. You can acquire the oil in red-brown (if it comes from the bark) or in yellow (if it comes from the leaf). It can be watery or viscous, depending on how it was extracted. Cinnamon oil can be extracted from the leaves, which are leathery and green or from the bark, which is papery and pale brown. Cinnamon bark gives 0.5-1.00 percent oil, while the leaves provide 1.6-1.8 percent oil. The essential oils from the leaves are considered more delicate.

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Cinnamon essential oil contains aldehyde, benzyl benzoate, eugenol acetate, and eugenol. It is non-toxic, but the eugenol and cinnamaldehyde compounds in it can very well cause mucus membrane irritation. Pregnant women should not use cinnamon oil because of its emmenagogue action. Elevated doses of cinnamon oil bring convulsions. You should stay away from the cinnamon oil extracted from the bark because it is a sensitizers, an irritant, and a dermal toxin.

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The helpful therapeutic properties of cinnamon oil are the following:

  • Antispasmodic
  • Analgesic
  • Antibiotic
  • Antiseptic
  • Carminative
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Emmenagogue
  • Astringent
  • Stomach
  • Cardiac
  • Stimulant
  • Vermifuge
  • Tonic

This oil could also be helpful in treating infections in your respiratory tract, generalized pains, arthritis, and rheumatism. It could also help you during your menstrual pains.

How to Use Cinnamon Oil for General Health

Below are some of the ways on how to use cinnamon oil to achieve better health:

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    Use in vaporizers or burners.
    Vaporizers and burners are part of vapor therapy. You can just burn cinnamon essential oil to treat colds, fatigue, depression, and acute bronchitis.
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    Use in lotions and creams.
    When applied as a cream or lotion, cinnamon oil can treat flu, colds, pains (arthritis and rheumatism), and digestive issues.
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    Use in baths or mix with other oils.
    You can also use cinnamon oil in massages or mix them into your bath. This will help you with your arthritic and rheumatic pain, flu, chills, diarrhea, infections, and bronchitis. It will also help calm your digestion and muscles. You can most certainly blend cinnamon oil with thyme, grapefruit, rosemary, ginger, lavender, benzoin, frankincense, cardamom, coriander, and cloves
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How to Use Cinnamon Oil to Treat Chapped Irritated Lips

Because of the mild irritation that cinnamon has on your lips, it could help make your lips plump, swollen, and red. Once you apply cinnamon on your lips, the circulation becomes stimulated. A few seconds later, your lips appear pouty. Remember that cinnamon oil is stronger than cinnamon powder, so you have to dilute it in some petroleum jelly. Below is a trick that can use to treat your irritated and chapped lips with the use of cinnamon:

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You Will Need

  • A clean washcloth
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Cinnamon oil

What to Do

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    Apply some petroleum jelly thinly on your lips.
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    Rub a little of cinnamon oil onto your lips.
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    Let the cinnamon-petroleum jelly stay on your lips for half a minute (depending on your level of skin sensitivity).
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    Gently wipe cinnamon-petroleum jelly application with a wet washcloth.
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    You don't have to live with irritated, chapped lips.
    Your own pantry can provide the cinnamon you need to regain and maintain those luscious lips.
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  • Consult your doctor for sensitivity tests for cinnamon oil.
  • Be careful when using cinnamon oil because concentrated cinnamon can sting or burn.
  • Never exfoliate your lips before applying cinnamon. This will be painful.
  • Let the petroleum jelly relieve the chapped lips first before you apply cinnamon.
  • Reapply petroleum jelly after wiping off the cinnamon-petroleum jelly mixture. This will rehydrate your lips.
  • Use a food grade leaf variety if applying to your skin and only add one drop to every 1/8 cup of your homemade lip balm bases like Aloe Vera gel, coconut oil or petroleum jelly.
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Questions and Answers

If I were to make a homemade lip balm, and I don't have cinnamon oil, can I use cinnamon powder instead?

How much cinnamon powder should I use for homemade lip balm?

Yes, you can use cinnamon powder. It may not be as strong but still will work just fine. Cinnamon oil can burn and I use the powder instead for my children who have sensitive skin and the lip balm works just as good as the balm I use for myself.

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Cinnamon oil irradiated my lips and made my lips swell, not they are healing with almost blister like symptoms. How come?

Was the cinnamon oil too strong?

Yes, your cinnamon oil was too strong. You may have used an oil derived from the bark and not the leaves. In the future use only the scantest amount of bark oil if you can't get the leaf variety. The cinnamon will plump up your lips so that is why you feel the tingling sensation. Use a smaller amount or ground cinnamon instead.

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