Cinnamon a Health Risk? Botanical names matter!

Cinnamon a Health Risk? Botanical names matter!

Just today I read a post from a fellow ocular melanoma patient, warning that they had been told that cinnamon was dangerous to the liver.

The concern with cinnamon is with ingesting too much coumarin. “True” cinnamon is called Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamonum verum) and has very little coumarin!

But lots of people buy a cheaper version of this spice, also labeled as cinnamon, and this botanical is from a completely different plant. It is actually Cassia “cinnamon” (dried Cassia bark) which can be quite high in coumarin and for certain people, may be linked to liver damage. True cinnamon is fine to use as a culinary spice!

Here is a link to an article about Uses for Cinnamon.

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Self-Study before You Self-Medicate

Self-Study before You Self-Medicate

I was shocked and disappointed to read a post from a member of an Ocular Melanoma Support Group I belong to, who shared a photo of her collection of dietary supplements that she takes. The front line of bottles were from a multi-level-marketing company which sells essential oils. On the end of the row was a container of eye droppers and a large bottle of empty capsules. This cancer patient is ingesting essential oils. They are putting them into a capsule, and making their own dietary supplements. This is a practice which is not only dangerous for a healthy person, but could prove life-threatening to a person who has cancer which has metabolized to their liver.

A *true* dietary supplement will be formulated to provide nutritional benefits missing from the diet or which the body is not creating for itself. That is why they are called dietary supplements – they supplement the diet.

No one’s diet is lacking in essential oils!

So in reality, this individual is using essential oils as drugs. DIY medicine. And if it was a salesperson who advised them how to make these capsules and told them which essential oils to ingest, then basically that person is practicing medicine without a license. Prescribing essential oils for ingestion is illegal unless the laws of that country, or in the case of the USA the state, allows it

If you are going to use herbs or essential oils for self-care, you really need to learn proper basic safety first. Even non-medical use of EOs like inhaling them to lift your mood, or applying them as cosmetics, have some risks if used incorrectly or for an inappropriate purpose.

” Internal use carries the greatest risk of the three application methods, is best reserved for acute situations (i.e. severe illness), and should be conducted under the supervision of a medical professional or aromatherapist trained in the internal use of essential oils. ” — from A GUIDE TO ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY

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