As the quintessential scent of a holiday home, cinnamon essential oil has a warm, peppery, spicy aroma. Cinnamon leaf essential oils tend to have an earthier, more herbaceous fragrance, while oils extracted from cinnamon bark are warmer and drier in aroma.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon’s lore dates back centuries and is filled with outlandish stories about its origin. Originally from Ceylon (which is now Sri Lanka), trade merchants were extremely protective of this marketable substance and worked feverishly to keep its birthplace secret in order to prevent others from attempting to cut into their business and profits.
Today, both essential oils are steam distilled either from the leaves or the dried bark of tropical evergreen trees, resulting in either a yellow or golden brown oil that smells much stronger than the cinnamon used in baking or flavoring cider.
Variations of Cinnamon Oil
Both Cinnamon Leaf and Cinnamon Bark oils are widely available and have medicinal qualities. Cinnamon Bark oil is both more popular and more expensive.
Benefits of Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon Leaf oil has an extensive history in both culinary preparations and medicine. For instance, the leaf oil has a higher eugenol content than the bark oil, which means that it has a cooling effect similar to menthol or camphor (as does Clove oil).
If your school-age child comes home with head lice, adding a few drops of Cinnamon to your regular shampoo will kill the bugs without the need for a chemical shampoo. And if fungal infections trouble anyone in your household, simple combine Cinnamon oil with warm water for a relaxing and effective foot soak.
Cinnamon Leaf oil has also been used to stabilize blood sugar (similar to the way insulin does), reduce digestive issues, and improve circulation.
Cinnamon Bark, on the other hand, contains significant levels of aldehyde and is frequently utilized for its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. One way to eliminate chemicals in your cleaning products is to use Cinnamon Bark oil as a disinfectant for everything from kitchen counters, to door knobs, to staircase railings.
Research on Cinnamon Essential Oil
Like many other essential oils, Cinnamon oil has been studied for its ability to kill bacteria, especially in hospital environments, and has been proven quite effective.
Precautions When Using Cinnamon Essential Oil
Observe the standard safety guidelines when using Cinnamon essential oil.
Cinnamon bark oil commonly causes irritation when applied to the skin, even in very low concentrations. Cinnamon leaf oil is a better choice for topical application but should still be diluted to 1% in a carrier oil.
Pregnant women should avoid both cinnamon bark and cinnamon leaf oil entirely.
Evidence has indicated possible drug interactions and blood clotting problems, so consult your primary care physician before using cinnamon oil. People with kidney or liver disease should not use cinnamon bark oil.
Buying Cinnamon Essential Oil
Typically, Cinnamon essential oil sells for around $30 per ounce.
Tips for Buying High Quality Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cassia essential oil is frequently substituted for cinnamon and may even be labeled as such, but it is not true cinnamon and may not have the same therapeutic benefits. To ensure you are getting true cinnamon, do not purchase cinnamon oil that is not labeled with the species, Cinnamomum zeylanicum.
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