Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
|Botanical Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum or cassia
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Part Typically Used: Leaf or Bark
Color: Golden Yellow/Brown
Consistency: Slightly oily feeling
Perfumery Note: Middle
Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
Cassia should only be used externally due to high eugenol content.
Bark Oil Major Constituents:
Leaf Oil Major Constituents:
Aromatic Description: Much richer in aroma than ground cinnamon. (Ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks is usually not cinnamon at all but is cassia.
Cinnamon Essential Oil is peppery, earthy, spicy, bright yet slightly woodsy. Oil distilled from the bark of the cinnamon tree is preferred over the oil distilled from the leaves. Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, however, tends to be much more costly.
Description: The cinnamon tree is an evergreen native to China and Vietnam that has since been cultivated in many other regions. It has shiny, leathery green leaves, and small, white flowers with oval shaped purple berries.
Color: Clear yellow to golden yellow liquid.
Aromatic Scent: Cinnamon Bark Oil has a warm, spicy scent that is somewhere between clove and cinnamon. It is slightly herbaceous with pepper notes.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends well with: Frankincense, Lavender, Cedarwood, Orange, Lemon, Neroli, Ylang-ylang.
Common Uses: The traditional use of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is highly respected, because of the antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of the oil. It has been used to treat diarrhea and other problems of the digestive system. With its pleasant scent, it has been considered to be a perfect additive to creams, lotions, and soaps. From a spiritual perspective, it is believed to have a warming and uplifting characteristic.
History: The medicinal use of Cinnamon Bark was first recorded in Chinese formulations as early as 2700 B.C. The herb has been used as a healing aid for stomach upset and gas, diarrhea, rheumatism, kidney ailments, and abdominal pain. The Egyptians used it as a foot massage, as well as a remedy for excessive bile. It was used as an ingredient of mulled wines, love potions and a sedative during birthing.
Cautions: Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil can be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes – particularly in large doses. When using this oil, care must be taken because of the amount of active ingredients (compounds) it contains, and potential side effects from photo toxicity and sensitizing must be kept in mind when treating a client. It should always be used in dilution. Avoid use during pregnancy.
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Safety Information: Tisserand and Young indicate that both the bark and the leaf oil are low risk for mucous membrane irritation, may inhibit blood clotting and pose a drug interaction hazard. Cinnamon Bark Oil may cause embryo toxicity and is contraindicated in pregnancy and breasfeeding. There is a high risk of skin sensitization with the bark oil, and Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.07% for the bark oil. For the leaf oil, Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.6%.Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Always dilute before applying to the skin or taking internally. Keep out of reach of children.