Cinnamon essential oil is made by steam distillation of the bark of the Cinnamomum cassia plant. This process yields an essential oil that has a spicy-sweet scent. Cinnamon essential oil has been used for centuries in folk medicine to improve the health of humans and animals. It is often recommended for seasonal allergies, diarrhea, digestive issues, and sinus congestion. The most common uses for this are as a home remedy or by aromatherapy practitioners to treat anxiety. Most commercial uses of cinnamon essential oil are for animals to treat fleas, ticks, and insects. It can be found in some flea collars and dog shampoos. Some essential oil vendors sell this product as a natural insecticide with the hope that it will help keep fleas away. This article will discuss concerns about using this on dogs and cats. Some people also use these oils in candles or diffusers for aromatherapy purposes because they believe the scent is relaxing.
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Cinnamon is one of the more controversial oils because of its popularity among many other uses. However, there is some concern among veterinary professionals about using this product. As with any other product you use on your pets, you should always speak to a veterinarian first to make sure it’s safe before you begin using these products on your animals. It can be difficult to know where to find a reputable source for this essential oil since its popularity has caused many people to start selling products without any real knowledge of how they work or what is in their products.
Is Cinnamon Essential Oil Safe For Dogs?
Yes, it is safe to use in dogs. It is safe to use at recommended doses and is often helpful for many issues. However, cinnamon essential oil should be avoided in dogs with an allergy to cinnamon or relatives of cinnamon or cassia. If your dog has any type of sensitivity to the oil, it is best to avoid using it or at least speak with your veterinarian about using it. There have been many cases where dogs become very ill after being exposed to cinnamon essential oil. Some of these dogs are allergic to the oils or related plants as mentioned earlier. Others have a sensitivity to cinnamon that is not known. It is important to know if your dog has a sensitivity or allergy to any of the ingredients in this oil before using it on them. If you suspect that your dog has a sensitivity or allergy to any one or more of the ingredients, it is best to use it only at low doses and monitor them closely for adverse effects.
Cinnamon oil is primarily an insect repellant but can also be used to treat itching and scratching. There is no research to show it works, however, especially in dogs. If you are looking for something that will cure an ailment or treat a common skin problem, this is not it. If your dog has a sniffle or minor skin irritation you might try rubbing some of this oil on your dog if they will allow you or apply it yourself if they don't like the smell. The scent alone might help calm him or her enough so he or she can rest comfortably.
Benefits Of Using Cinnamon Essential Oil For Dogs:
1) For Skin Infection
It can be applied directly to the skin or it can be mixed with carrier oils, ointments, salves, and creams. This oil has been used for centuries for many common ailments such as colds, sore throats, dog tick bites, ear infections, and insect bites. It is believed by many to have anti-inflammatory properties that might benefit dogs with these ailments.
2) It Can Help With Fleas
Some people use this oil in small amounts in household products as a natural insecticide. Some also make sprays or leave a small amount on their cats for flea control. These are generally not recommended as they can be toxic to cats.
3) It Can Help With Anemia
Some people believe that cinnamon oil helps the blood cells carry iron properly throughout the body. This is to give your dog a healthy lifestyle and keep him or her from getting sick because of anemia. The problem is there have not been any studies done to show that this works.
4) It Can Be Used As A Natural Insect Repellent
Many people use this oil in small amounts as a natural insect repellent by spraying it on their dogs or cats and bedding if they are flea-prone dogs or sometimes in flea collars if they are comfortable with the scent. There is little evidence to support this theory.
5) It Can Be Used For Diabetes
Some people believe that cinnamon oil dissolves in the stomach and could help with blood sugar levels. It should not be used in place of medication to treat diabetes because it is very risky for dogs to use dietary supplements as a means of treating their diabetes without any testing or approval from their vet first.
6) It Can Be Used To Treat Anxiety
This can be mixed with carrier oils, ointments, salves, and creams and applied topically (directly on the skin) on the dog or cat when necessary. In some people, this helps with their anxiety and your dog can benefit from it too.
7) It Can Be Used As An Anti-depressant
Again, there is little or no evidence to support this claim. However, not everyone agrees that it is even effective for this purpose in the first place.
8) It Can Help With Digestive Issues
This oil has been claimed to help with digestive issues like diarrhea and gas in people and dogs. Some people believe that is why it has an antibacterial effect on the skin when applied topically. This property could be helpful for some but you will want to check with a vet first before giving your dog cinnamon oil internally.
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1) Can this be used in cats?
No, it should not be used in cats. Cinnamon oil is not recommended in cats unless it is a very small amount for fleas and there have been no reports of adverse side effects.
2) Are there any side effects of using cinnamon oil in dogs?
Cinnamon oil is safe when used at recommended doses for the conditions stated above. However, because everyone's dog is different, they will have different reactions to this product that will vary from person to person and dog to dog. Some dogs and cats have had allergic reactions to cinnamon so it is best to avoid it if you suspect this in your animal.