Cinnamon bark, who’s Latin name can vary greatly (check out all the names it could be called here), is an extremely powerful essential oil!
The inner bark from a true cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, also known as Cinnamomum verum, is used to make essential oil. Most of the cinnamon bark used to create cinnamon essential oil comes from trees in Sri Lanka, but could also come from Seychelles or Madagascar.
Cinnamon has a rich and earthy, maybe even spicy aroma which most of us can probably agree is very homey and inviting. Cinnamon bark essential oil is said to pair well with Black Pepper, Caraway, Citrus Oils (Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange),Clove, Copaiba Balsam, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender, Myrrh, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Rosemary, Thyme, Tea Tree, Spearmint and Vanilla CO2.
According to Tisserand and Young’s book, Essential Oil Safety, cinnamon bark (and leaf) essential oils should be used with extreme caution! They propose that cinnamon essential oils could interfere with blood clotting and may have adverse reactions with certain drugs. Furthermore, cinnamon essential oils could cause embryotoxicity!! Obviously, pregnant and breastfeeding mom’s are advised to avoid cinnamon essential oils.
Another source warns, that “Cinnamon bark might decrease blood sugar.”
In addition to the above stated safety informations, it’s important to note that cinnamon bark essential oil can be a skin irritant and a strong sensitizer (causing allergies). Marge Clark suggests that, “It really has NO use in skin care products or toiletries, and should not be used in massage blends.”
It is agreed by many aromatherapists that IF indeed a person should use cinnamon bark essential oil in a topical therapeutic manner, it should have a maximum dilution of 0.05%
Possible Benefits of Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon bark essential oil is antibacterial and antifungal, making it a nice choice to diffuse in the winter months when many germs are lurking about. In addition, it can stimulate the circulatory and respiratory systems, and again, diffusing the oil could be helpful to open up the airways.
With cinnamon’s strong aroma, it’s a good choice for stimulating the mind in times of fatigue.
- Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety
- Check out this link to read a post by Robert Tisserand, “New Survey Reveals Dangers of Not Diluting Essential Oils”