Essential Oils – Cinnamon

The scent of cinnamon tends to evoke thoughts of baked goods or a lovely cup of chai tea. There are two types of cinnamon: Ceylon cinnamon which is known as the true cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon which is more common and what we purchase at the grocery store. Though it may seem like a common cooking ingredient, it has far more benefits than meets the eye. Its warming properties make it perfect for relieving aches, pains and arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. The Greek word for cinnamon is “kinnamon” which means tube or pipe in reference to the harvested pieces of bark.

Name of Oil: Cinnamon
Latin Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Areas of Origin: Sri Lanka, India
Historical Use: Cinnamon oil was used as temple incense, Egyptians used it for a foot massage and it was an ingredient in mulled wine and love potions.
General Growth, Habitat: The tree can grow up to 45’ and has pale brown, papery bark. The leaves are shiny and leather like; there are small what flowers with oval shaped purple berries.
Parts Used in Distillation: Leaves or bark
Scent: Warm, pungent, spicy, earthy, peppery
Uses: Infections, digestive problems, ulcers, warts.
Emotional Use: Soothing, comforting
Safety: It is a skin irritant with moderate dermal toxicity; avoid during pregnancy and while breast feeding. 

Extra Tidbits:

  • Add 1 drop of the essential oil to carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and apply to directly to the stomach to ease digestive issues
  • Add 1 drops of the essential oil to carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and apply to aches, pains or arthritic joints
  • Add a few drops of the essential oil to a small pot of simmering water, along with a few orange slices to create that holiday atmosphere. Be sure to keep an eye on the pot so the water doesn’t completely evaporate

Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.


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