20+ Uses for Cinnamon Oil

Read more about the benefits of cinnamon oil.

We tend to think of cinnamon as a stick or powder, but cinnamon oil has been used as a tonic, tranquilizer, digestive aid, and more for centuries.

According to Modern Essentials, the properties within a quality brand of cinnamon bark oil include:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antidepressant
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-infectious (especially intestinal and urinary system)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiparasitic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Astringent
  • Enhancing of other oils
  • Immune Stimulant
  • Purifier
  • Sexual Stimulant
  • Warming

Emotionally and spiritually, cinnamon essential 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.

The spicy, warm scent may then be beneficial for supporting healthy relationships, health boundaries, and healthy sexuality.


The information provided here on the properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands.

Because of lenient 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 actually make you sick. In fact, only about 50% of it needs to be actual essential oils to be called "pure"!

A LOT goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. The best essential oil brands follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region around the world
  • 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 each and every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Learn how to find safe, effective essential oils here.

How to Use Cinnamon Essential Oil

Traditionally, cinnamon oil uses these application guidelines. Use these suggestions unless otherwise noted or click the banner for more inspiration:

How to use essential oils!

aromatic applicationAromatically - Can be diffused or inhaled directly.
topical applicationTopically - Can be applied directly to the skin or within a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, for young or sensitive skin. Start with 1 drop to 1-3 tsp of carrier and increase the EO as needed.
internal applicationInternally - NOT RECOMMENDED FOR MOST BRANDS. High quality brands may be "generally recognized as safe" by the FDA (21CFR182.20) to be used in cooking, adding a drop to purified water or taken as a dietary supplement, diluting 1 drop in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz of non-acidic, non-dairy beverage (not for children under 6 years old and in greater dilution for older children).
topical applicationNEAT - Can usually apply the oil without dilution, directly to the skin. However, it's always a good idea to test your own skin first, as sensitive skin types may react.
sensitive applicationSensitive - "Sensitive" means that although some can apply the oil without any dilution, directly to the skin, those with sensitive skin should do a patch test or dilute before use.
neat applicationDILUTE - It's very important that you dilute this oil at least 1:3 (1 drop EO to 3 drops carrier oil), and more depending on your skin, as it can cause irritation to the skin when applied directly.

Click this link or the banner above for more application guidance.

Precaution: Always dilute. This oil is not 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).


None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.

Suggested and Possible Uses of Cinnamon Oil

The following are uses described in a book I highly recommend, Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils, as well as from personal experience and other resources. Use them to inspire your own ideas, experiment, and see what works for you.

Airborne Bacteria
Diffuse this oil during cold and flu season, or add to a cotton ball and stick in your car's vent while you drive.

Bacterial Infections
Modern Essentials recommends using cinnamon oil aromatically (such as diffusing) or topically (diluted). Try massaging over the area of infection within a carrier oil.

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

For respiratory issues, such as asthma, start by diffusing in the air. You can also try massaging over the chest and neck (diluted first).

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 ratios.

Cinnamon oil has been shown to 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.

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

Fungal Infections
Diffuse in the air, and dilute to 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 (makes a great gift for teachers), or add to the bath or steam tent while you're fighting a bug.

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

Libido Stimulate
Cinnamon oil is said to be an aphrodisiac for many. Try aromatic or topical usage on a regular basis (lower abdomen may be okay but AVOID genitals!).

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, or adding to a bath.

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

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, avoiding contact with genitals.

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.

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.

In addition to this oil, also consider trying Cassia, Cypress, Frankincense, Rosemary, Wild Orange (or other citrus oils) or check out other essential oils here.


None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.

Where to Buy Cinnamon Bark Oil

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