Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
We tend to think of cinnamon as a stick or powder, but cinnamon oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) has been used as a tonic, digestive aid, and more for centuries. Closely related to Cassia, it's a "hot" oil, so don't go sniffing this one from the bottle if you'd like to keep your nose hairs intact, but diffused its aroma is very spicy, warm, and (wait for it...) cinnamon-y. It's most commonly used for matters of the immune system, and to help the body fight off funk. But it can also be useful for cleaning, air quality, and mood support.
- Promotes circulation both internally and when applied to the skin
- Maintains a healthy immune system
- Promotes oral health
- Helps alleviate sore muscles and joints
- Long used to flavor food and for its internal health benefits
Emotionally and spiritually, cinnamon oil is related to the lower chakras and can encourage self-acceptance or self-confidence, sexual expression, and the clearing of trapped emotions from past trauma. It also correlates to our sense of safety and security, which when out of balance, can leave a person feeling jealous, insecure, controlling, or unable to be vulnerable in relationships. So it may then be beneficial for supporting healthy relationships, health boundaries, and healthy sexuality, as well.
How to Use Cinnamon Essential Oil
Traditionally, cinnamon oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Cinnamon Oil
Always dilute. This oil is not generally suitable for children under 6 and should be diluted more for children over 6. Repeated or undiluted use can cause skin sensitization. Diffuse with caution as well, since this potent oil may irritate nasal passages (don't inale directly from bottle or diffuser). Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Cinnamon Oil
- Put 2 drops in empty veggie capsule for immune support.
- Use 1-2 drops in an empty veggie capsule or diluted over the abdomen to support pancreatic health.
- Place 1 drop Cinnamon essential oil in hot water or tea and drink slowly to soothe your throat.
- Put 2–3 drops in a spray bottle for a quick and effective cleaning spray.
- Place one drop on your toothbrush then add toothpaste.
- Dilute with a carrier oil then apply to cold, achy joints during winter time.
- Cinnamon oil is said to be an aphrodisiac for many. (I can't vouch for that one yet.) Try aromatic or topical usage on a regular basis (lower abdomen may be okay but AVOID genitals until highly diluted - ouch!).
- Cooking; cinnamon oil is "Generally Recognized as Safe" (GRAS) by the FDA, and a quality brand may be used in cooking. Start off with a single drop (or less, using a toothpick to grab a small amount) until you know your ratios.
Inspiration for Using Cinnamon Oil
Fall Inspired Room Spray: In a 16 oz glass spray bottle, combine 4 oz water, 4 oz witch hazel (or REALLY cheap Vodka... it’s deodorizing!), 20 drops Cinnamon, 15 drops Ginger, 15 drops Clove, 15 drops Wild Orange and 5 drops Cardamom essential oils.
Warming and Relaxing Foot Soak: Mix 1/3 cup Epsom Salts with 3-5 drops each Cinnamon Bark and Rosemary essential oils.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils