Gastrointestinal side effects associated with the conventional anti-inflammatory medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain and swelling associated with arthritis, has led the scientific community to probe into the role of ancient spices like cinnamon, in combating arthritis by their anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
Cinnamon oil, when used as a compress has been found to be exceptionally useful in healing all kinds of body pains, starting from a minor muscle injury to chronic joint pain related to arthritis.
Benefits of Using Cinnamon Oil Compress
When applied to the affected areas, cinnamon oil generates enough amount of heat to relieve the pain and soreness in arthritic joints. When the pain gets severe, massaging alone might not prove effective and hence, one can pour a little cinnamon oil on the affected joint and place a hot compress over it.
This will help the oil to percolate through the skin pores and reach the site of inflammation faster. A compress can also aid in improving blood circulation, thereby recruiting many anti-inflammatory agents that are naturally present in the bloodstream that can act in concert with cinnamon in mitigating the symptoms associated with arthritis.
How to Make Your Own Cinnamon Compress
Take a clean towel or a cloth and dip it in lukewarm water. Wring the towel to remove excess water and make sure the towel is just wet, with no water dripping on the floor. Place the towel in a microwave oven for a few seconds (20-30 seconds) to heat it; just enough to get rid of the excess water (do not overheat). Hence, one should not place the towel in the microwave before making sure that the towel is not saturated with water.
In order to make a compress, begin by folding the towel into four quarters and apply a drop of oil on each quarter. You can get the fine aroma of cinnamon oil in your room once you are done with this step. Make sure you inhale the smell as effectively as possible, since aromatherapy using cinnamon oil has also been found to heal arthritic pain by helping to heal imbalances in your body.
Followed by this application, place the towel back in the microwave. The heat will aid in better absorption of cinnamon oil thus, helping you complete the making of a cinnamon compress. Remove the towel from the microwave before it gets too hot. Place it on the painful areas to get relief from joint aches associated with arthritis.
The use of the above mentioned step by step guide will help you learn how to use cinnamon oil compress as a therapeutic alternative to the pain relief medications used for healing arthritis, without causing any severe side effects.
Even though, cinnamon oil has been known since time-immemorial for its pain relieving potential in treating arthritis, one should always use these alternative healing methods only after consulting your health care provider. In case your skin is sensitive to cinnamon oil, you can place a regular towel under the one that has the cinnamon oil drops on it.