Monday, 2 March 2015

Natural Monday - Cinnamon Oil

It's no secret that I LOVE oils, since starting my hhj and getting rid of hair grease I discovered natural oils to use in my hair. I enjoy making different mixes for myself and others according to different needs and preferences.
I have been hearing about cinnamon oil from a few Dominican bloggers and stores. It's a nightmare finding Dominican hair products here (yes I have ranted before lol) so I decided to make my own - of sorts.
The particular oil I heard about contains alcohol and cinnamon oil with other ingredients depending on the brand. I opted to leave out the alcohol.

I used a mix of some of my fave oils - Avocado, Grapeseed and Almond so my finished oil would be bursting with ceramides, omegas etc - but you can use just one oil. Olive oil or Coconut oil are great if you want to give it a try but I as it's chilly here I didn't want to have to melt it every time I wanted to use it.

I normally infuse my oils cold for a few weeks but I wanted to try a warm infusion this time round so I placed my oils in a small pot and gently heated them over a low-to medium heat.
I took some cinnamon sticks, broke them in half and gently crushed them in my hand and added them to the oil. I also added some ground cinnamon.
I left the pot on the hob for 5 mins and gently swirled the mixture, I turned the heat right down and left the mixture simmering for another 5 or so minutes. The oil was a lovely warm brown colour.

I used coffee filters and poured the oil into a sterilised jar and left it to cool down.

The results was lovely but not as fragrant that I thought it would be, I think i'll try to make a cold infused batch to compare.

The Cinammon Oil can be used on the body...... In the hair..... On your cuticles..... In an oil burner...... added into natural products....... In cooking and baking

"Boosted Hair Oil"
The cinnamon oil can be used as is but I wanted to kick it up a notch to use as a hair growth oil.
I poured some of the oil into my dropper bottle and added a few drops of cinnamon essential oil and star anise.
It smells divine!!! I've been using it at night for a week and have been loving it.

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