This Or That? Cinnamon Leaf And Cinnamon Bark

October 24, 2016

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 on a cup of hot chocolate or peppered into to coffee cake, Cinnamon as an ingredient 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 are 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 increases 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.


  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Lindy! Cinnamon Bark is much sweeter, and truer to a Cinnamon candy type aroma, whereas Cinnamon Leaf has a more bitter and richer Cinnamon aroma.

    On December 21, 2016

  • Lindy says...

    Im trying to figure out which cinnamon would be best for diffusing? Cinnamon Leaf or Cinnamon Bark? There is also cassia which has the smell of cinnamon too. I cant decide! Someone help!

    On November 25, 2016

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Myrna! Frankincense and Myrrh is beautiful when used aromatically. It can be grounding and is sometimes used for immune support.

    On November 21, 2016

  • Myrna says...

    I just purchased my first Oils from Edens Garden after my daughter-in-law helped turn me on to them. I was wondering what I use Frankincense and Myrrh for?

    Thanks for the great Oils. I’m sure I’m going to have fun and learn lots.

    On November 20, 2016

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Sharon! Both share similar therapeutic properties, but try Cinnamon Leaf!

    On November 01, 2016

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