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In the culinary arts, Cinnamon is often the cook’s secret ingredient to enliven recipes. Cinnamon Bark essential oil can prompt a captivating feeling of aliveness.
The warm and intense aroma of Cinnamon Bark essential oil stimulates the appetite and ignites the senses. When pursuing sparks of creativity, softly inhaling Cinnamon Bark can usher in inspiration. It has a sweeter aroma than Cinnamon Leaf and is also a pleasing addition to natural household cleaners.
Cinnamon Bark essential oil is derived from the thick bark of tropical evergreen trees through a steam distillation process. The tree has shiny green, leathery leaves, small white flowers and oval bluish-white berries. The leaves have a spicy aroma when bruised and the oil is distilled from the new shoots of the inner bark of the tree. Use this essential oil sparingly; one drop goes a long way.
Not sure which Cinnamon is right for you? Check out our blog on the differences here!
Botanical Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Bark
Blends Well With: Tangerine, Clove, and other citrus and spices
Aroma: Sweet, spicy, sharp, and warm
Color: Clear – Pale Yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
Adult Max Dilution: 0.07%
Shelf Life: 2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Cinnamon bark essential oil is rich in the component cinnamaldehyde, and makes a fantastic oil to add to cleaning blends due to its superb antimicrobial abilities. In a diffuser, Cinnamon Bark is quite stimulating so it is recommended for use in small doses and has the ability to calm stress while being mentally stimulating. Diffused in the air it will kill airborne microbes and act as an immune stimulant. However, due to its very hot nature, it is not recommended for topical use.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use essential oils are by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Cinnamon Bark essential oil is rarely necessary and not recommended, no matter the brand due to its incredibly hot nature. Ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to take essential oils internally, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
- There are several ways to effectively use Cinnamon Bark essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use. 3.) Create a spray by combining 20 drops Cinnamon Bark and 1 tablespoon 190-proof grain alcohol in a glass spray bottle. After a few hours, add 3 tablespoons of distilled water. Spray onto surfaces and in the air to refresh your space.
- Cinnamon oil otherwise known as Cinnamon Leaf essential oil is a different oil than Cinnamon Bark essential oil. Both essential oils are derived from the same plant and have similar aromatics. Cinnamon Leaf is slightly sweeter with added spiciness and herbaceous. Cinnamon Bark has a stronger aroma with a woodiness added on top and is much hotter and spicier of the two oils. Cinnamon Bark has antifungal and antibacterial properties and needs to be used with great care and at a bare minimum in blends, especially in regard to topical use (1-2 drops max in 1 oz). Cinnamon Leaf is great in blends for colds and flu as well as in blends for pain. Both oils should be used with great care in blending at low dilutions.
- You can diffuse Cinnamon Bark essential oil but we highly suggest that you use this oil in a blend as it is very stimulating, hot and spicy and can irritate mucus membranes, nasal passages and eyes. If you do decide to use in in a diffuser, add minute amounts of it to a blend with soothing, safer and softer essential oils such as Sweet Orange and Patchouli. It is not recommended for use around pets and small children or pregnant women.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
CHEER: Mix together: 5 drops of Cinnamon Bark, 5 drops of Rosemary and 5 drops of Peppermint. Add 5 drops of this blend to your Scent Ball Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
MUSCLE BLEND: Add the following to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 1 drop of Cinnamon Bark, 3 drops of Cinnamon Leaf, 3 drops of Basil, 3 drops of Peppermint, 5 drops of Frankincense and 5 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Avocado oil and apply to needed areas. Massage to loosen tight muscles. (2% dilution)
DRAWER SACHET: Fill an empty sachet bag with dried flowers, herbs or cotton balls. Add: 6-10 drops of Cinnamon Bark to the filling before closing and place in your d
rawers, or hang in your closet to discourage pests.
BATHROOM SPRAY: In an 8 ounce fingertip sprayer add: 20 drops of Cinnamon Bark, 10 drops of Lime, 25 drops of Lemon, 25 drops of Tea Tree, 30 drops of Litsea, 18 drops of Patchouli and 16 drops of Peppermint. Fill to the top with water. Shake well before each use. Use to clean shower, counters, sink, toilet, etc.
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