Cinnamon oil comes from the bark and leaves of the cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum. This tree originated in
Asian countries such as Sri Lanka and India. Now, it can be found in many tropical countries around the world.
This essential oil has a bright golden brown color with a taste that is somewhat spicy and peppery. The oil
extracted from the bark is preferred over the oil derived from the leaves and is usually more expensive. It
has a much richer and stronger aroma than cinnamon powder or cinnamon sticks. The essential oil is extracted by way
of steam distillation.
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How Cinnamon Oil Is Produced
The bark of the cinnamon tree contains about
0.5% to 1% cinnamon oil. This oil is extracted by pounding the brown bark of the plant. The bark is
softened and broken down further by sea water and immediately distilling the extract. The oil
extracted in the process contains cinnamaldehyde or aldehyde of up to 60%, thus making it aromatic.
It is this bark oil that is more in demand because of its effectiveness in terms of its healing
abilities. Yet it is the leaves of the plant which contains more of the oil, at about 1.6% to
When the oil is extracted from its source, it acquires a sweet scent and has a color that ranges
from yellow to brown. In this form, cinnamon oil contains many chemical substances like linalool,
eugenol, beta-caryophyllene, methyl chavicol and cinnamaldehyde. This mixture of substances makes
cinnamon oil a potent agent that possesses many healing properties. It has acquired a good
reputation as a cooking ingredient and a valuable health supplement.
Long History Of Cinnamon Oil
Cinnamon has been used for more than 4,000 years,
as proven by the records from ancient Egypt and China. It was mentioned in the Bible in the book of Psalms and
Song of Solomon. This oil was regarded as a valuable substance that commanded a high price. It was so expensive
then that the traders kept their source hidden to ensure the monopoly of the oil.
Uses Cinnamon Oil
Cinnamon can be used in various ways. It is generally used for food and medicine. It can be used in the following
• It can be used as an anti-fungal and anti-skin disease agent. The substance
cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon oil makes it act as an antifungal and the element diterpenes enables it to act like
an antihistamine. If you have candidiasis, drinking one cup of water mixed with one drop of this oil will treat
• Cinnamon oil is known to have a warming effect therefore it can alleviate your rheumatic and joint
• You can use cinnamon oil derived from the bark for killing harmful bacteria. Mixing it
with your food will not only add flavor to it but will also kill the infectious germs inside your body.
• Cinnamon oil can be used as a food preservative. If you add it to your food in diluted
amounts, it will preserve its freshness because it works like a preservative and an anti-oxidant.
• You can use cinnamon oil in controlling the spread of mosquitoes in your area. Dilute a
small amount of cinnamon oil in water and sprinkle it around your house or bodies of stagnant water where you
think mosquitoes hide and it will destroy their larvae.
• Cinnamon oil will also deter mosquitoes from attacking you. Just dab a small amount of cinnamon oil in
your body lotion or dilute the oil in water and use it for washing your clothes. Mosquitoes will stay away from
you because of the cinnamaldehyde content of the oil which can kill them.
• You can also use it as massage oil if mixed with patchouli oil at a ratio of 1:50. It
acts as a skin astringent and can improve your blood circulation.
• Cinnamon oil can be used as aromatherapy oil. It helps relieves stress and depression.
It can improve your mental functions by soothing your mind and inducing sound sleep.
• You can also use cinnamon oil to treat your diarrhea and flatulence. It helps
to normalize your digestive patterns.
• Use cinnamon oil with your hot compress and your menstrual spasms will be
Considerations When Using Cinnamon Oil
You must not use cinnamon oil topically in concentrated form or you may experience skin irritations. Always dilute
it with water or other essential oils before applying it in your skin. Before applying it to larger skin
areas, test it first in small amounts to determine if you have any allergic reaction. If you use it in excess you
may suffer headaches or diarrhea. To be safe, check with your health provider before using it for treatment.