Cinnamon Bark

Cinnamon bark

Cinnamon, the common spice, sold in the United States is typically the close cousin Cassia which also is extracted as an effective essential oil with somewhat similar characteristics. True Cinnamon essential oil has more intense properties, is more costly, and some feel more effective. The tropical Cinnamon tree is common to Southeast Asia where the highest quality Cinnamon is grown. Essential oils can be processed from both the inner bark or the leaves of the tree resulting in much different properties. Hence it is important to identify which Cinnamon oil you are using. The oil referenced here is Cinnamon bark and is steam or water extracted from the inner bark of the tree. Cinnamon is of the family Laureaceae, grown in Indonesia and distilled from the bark of the tree.

Properties

Antibiotic
Antidiarrhea
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Antiviral
Astringent
Disinfectant
Stimulant

Application

Since Cinnamon is both an emotional and physical stimulant its benefits can be enjoyed in a number of ways. Diffusing or as a bath oil (only a small amount since it is very strong, ie hot) can invigorate and help and uplift. As a physical stimulant it can be mixed with a carrier oils and applied topically for sore and painful muscles and joints. Some suggest that for digestive problems that simply a drop of Cinnamon mixed with warm water and a sweetener then slowly sipped helps.

Airborne Bacteria and Viruses

Diffuse this oil during cold and flu season, or consider adding the oil to a cotton ball and stick in your car’s vent as you drive.

Bacterial Infections

Many essential oil books recommend using cinnamon oil aromatically (such as diffusing) or topically (diluted). Try massaging the oil over the area of infection with a carrier oil

Bites / Stings

Prevent infections and irritation by diluting 1 drop of cinnamon bark oil with 3 drops of a carrier oil and apply over the affected area.

Breathing

For respiratory issues, such as asthma, start by diffusing the oil into the air. You can also try direct inhalation from the oil container (not too close at first) or massaging over the chest and neck (diluted before application).

Cooking

Cinnamon oil is “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) by the FDA, and can be used in cooking. Start off with a single drop (or less, using a toothpick to grab a small amount) until you know your the correct amount or ratios.

Diabetes

Research suggests cinnamon oil may help regulate blood sugar. Add to your food, take 1-2 drops within an empty capsule, or use for self massage over the area of the pancreas.

Diverticulitis

Help decrease the inflammation and promote healing by massaging the diluted cinnamon oil over the abdomen each day.

Fungal Infections

Diffuse the oil in the air, and apply topically to the area of concern or to the soles of the feet for fast absorption.

General Tonic

Diffusing this in the air on a regular basis is uplifting and supports the immune system. You can also use it topically, or in a bath.

Immune System Stimulate

Diffuse throughout cold and flu season, within the classroom (great gift for teachers), or add to the bath or steam tent while you’re fighting a bug.

Infection

Depending on the type of infection you may massage the diluted cinnamon bark oil into the soles of the feet, over the area of concern, or simply diffuse throughout the area.

Mold

Fight fungus, mildew, and mold by applying cinnamon to the area. Use it in your cleaning products, diffuse it regularly in areas prone to mold, or apply it directly.

Pancreas Support

As stated above (Diabetes), cinnamon oil has been found to support blood sugar levels and healthy pancreas function. Massage the diluted oil over the pancreas, to the soles of the feet, or use in cooking or as a supplement.

Physical Fatigue

Cinnamon bark oil is very warming and may increase circulation, blood flow to the brain and energy levels when used aromatically. Try diffusing, adding to a bath, or even inhaling from the bottle.

Pneumonia

During illness, diffuse cinnamon bark oil into the room to aid the healing process.

Typhoid

This bacterial infection may be cleared with cinnamon oil. Apply a diluted mixture to the soles of the feet daily, or use for a full body massage. Diffuse it regularly.

Vaginal Infection/Vaginitis

Diluted cinnamon oil may assist in fighting infections. Be sure to check for sensitivity and use caution. Start by massaging over the lower abdomen and groin area. If you feel confident, many women will use a diluted mixture for vaginal insertion.

Viral Infections

Very antiviral, massage the diluted cinnamon oil into the soles of the feet, over the area of concern, or over the whole body.

Warming

The opposite of peppermint, cinnamon bark oil is very warming. Massage over your heart center, into the soles of the feet or around the neck for the best results.

Other possible uses include:

circulation booster, fighting colds or coughs, aiding in digestion, increasing energy, eases inflammation associated with rheumatism, and even removing warts.

Precautions

Cinnamon can be irritating to the skin, especially sensitive areas, therefore dilute with a carrier oil and use a skin test before topical application. This is a GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) oil for internal consumption but should be done so with proper dilution and used with caution) It is recommended to not use it internally with young children. Consult professional advice before use by those who are pregnant or nursing mothers.