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This or That: Cinnamon Leaf and Cinnamon Bark

This or That: Cinnamon Leaf and Cinnamon Bark

Spicy yet sweet, Cinnamon is an illustrious addition to an array of powerful recipes and combinations. Before deciding whether to add a few drops of Cinnamon Leaf or Cinnamon Bark, consider the differences and unique properties of each.


Sprinkled in a cup of hot chocolate or pan of coffee cake, Cinnamon has a very distinct aroma. The signature scent of Cinnamon is caused by a compound called Cinnamaldehyde. If you are seeking a sweeter and spicier aroma out of the two, Cinnamon Bark is the more potent choice. It contains more Cinnamaldehyde than Cinnamon Leaf, giving it a stronger, more intense Cinnamon aroma. 

Extraction Method

Derived from the Cinnamomum tree, Cinnamon Leaf and Cinnamon Bark are extracted from two different parts of the tree. For Cinnamon Leaf, the leaves are put through steam distillation. As for Cinnamon Bark, the bark of the tree is also steam distilled.

Applications and Uses

A 2007 study by the Universidad de Murcia in Spain found that both Cinnamon Leaf and Cinnamon Bark were rich with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon Leaf has a higher eugenol content, an antiseptic and anesthetic phenylpropene, making it ideal for aches. It can also soothe away the weight of sorrow by lifting the mood and prompting cheer. In Cinnamon Bark, the higher levels of cinnamaldehyde increase its antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Its healing properties are powerful against harmful microbes. Cinnamon Bark is also a great insecticide and fungicide for plants. Check out our product pages for details, recipes and more.

Grab The Essentials Here:

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil from $ 5.95
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil from $ 8.95
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil


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19 Responses


June 23, 2020

Hi, should I use cinnamon bark, cassia, or cinnamon leaf for lip plumping effect? Thank you


May 15, 2020

Outstanding information.

Edens Garden

January 27, 2020

Hi David! Our Cinnamon Bark and Cinnamon Leaf oils come from Ceylon. We also offer Cassia essential oil. You can always view the origin of an essential oil on its product page, under “Details.”


January 24, 2020

Hey there EG! Was wondering if your oil comes from Cassia or Ceylon cinnamon?

Edens Garden

April 22, 2019

Hi Carol! Here is an article that delineates our stance on ingesting essential oils: http://bit.ly/egingest


April 22, 2019

Can you use either one of these in coffee or hot chocolate?

Edens Garden

February 08, 2019

Hi Tiffany! Both Cinnamon Bark and Cinnamon Leaf can be used interchangeably for what you need.

Paula J Allen

February 08, 2019

regarding Cinnamon Bark or Leaf Oil to help lower blood sugar, I did some follow-up on the article I read, and discovered that it is the bark.


February 08, 2019

Hi, I have reading up on the Diabetes Diet, and read that Cinnamon has been found to help lower the blood sugar. The article gave a recipe using Cinnamon and Coriander for a foot rub, but didn’t mention whether to use Cinnamon Leaf for Bark Oil. Does it matter?
Thank you.


February 08, 2019

Which cinnamin is the best to use for lowering blood sugar?

Edens Garden

November 12, 2018

Hi Fred! Our Cinnamon Bark and Leaf come form Ceylon. You can find this information on their product pages under “Details.” We also offer Cassia oil.


November 12, 2018

is your cinnamon oil ceylon or cassia cinnamon?

Edens Garden

August 09, 2018

Hi Linda! We recommend working with your doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet your specific needs.


August 09, 2018

Is there anyplace that will suggest exactly how to use cinnamon bark oil for weight loss? This was the main reason I purchased it. Thank you for your help.

Edens Garden

April 04, 2018

Hi Sue! Thieves contains Cinnamon Bark. Our Fighting Five synergy blend is comparable to Thieves.

Depending on the type of diffuser you’re using, we would not recommend diffusing all night long as this can lead to overuse. Diffusing for 1 hour intervals should suffice in obtaining the therapeutic benefits of essential oils through inhalation.


April 03, 2018

I have a question as to whether I should use cinnamon bark or cinnamon leaf for making thieves oil. I will use this in a one gallon humidifier all night for sleep. I think I understand from the answer above that maybe I should purchase the cinnamon bark. Am I correct? I’m a senior woman so it might be different for me compared to a young pregnant woman. I also need to know if it’s necessary to use a carrier oil for blending these oils.

scott SPIEK

December 21, 2017

Cinnamon Bark sounds awesome

Edens Garden

December 18, 2017

Hi Claire! You can substitute Cinnamon Leaf for Cinnamon Bark, however, we suggest working with your doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet your specific needs before using EOs while pregnant or nursing.


December 17, 2017

Hey there,

I make my own thieves oil and wanted to know if you can substitute cinnamon leaf eo instead of cinnamon bark. I’m pregnant, and several eo sources state that cinnamon bark may not be safe but cinnamon leaf poses little to no risk. I see here that cinnamon bark has a higher antimicrobial effect, does that mean that cinnamon leaf has none? Or will clove eo cover that aspect of the thieves oil?