Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
An unmistakable and warming oil with strong antiseptic properties, it is good for treating colds and flu. As with all spices cinnamon is also a traditional remedy for digestive problems and has also been known to aid cognitive function and improve libido.
What does Cinnamon essential oil smell like?
Cinnamon oil has a powerful, sweet and spicy odour. It’s fragrance is similar to cloves and ginger and invokes comforting images of a warm home at Christmas - being the dominant fragrance at most Christmas markets.
Where does Cinnamon essential oil originate from?
Native to Sri Lanka, Cinnamon oil is derived from the inner bark of the tropical evergreen tree Cinnamomum zeylanicum.
Little known fact: Sri Lanka produces around 80-90% of the world’s supply of Cinnamon essential oil
What are the properties of Cinnamon essential oil
Traditionally, cinnamon essential oil was used holistically in ayurvedic medicine to treat a range of ailments from respiratory to gynaecological.
In the modern day world, there have been many western studies showing a range of potential health benefits from cinnamon including:
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Anti-microbial & anti-parasitic activity
- Fights free radicals
- Heals wounds
- Controls blood glucose
- Lowers blood pressure & serum cholesterol
- Reduces cardiovascular disease
- Boosts cognitive function
How to use Cinnamon essential oil
Well-known for its ability to boost cognitive function, cinnamon essential oil helps to clear the mind and boost attention span. Cinnamon oil is great if you need to focus on a big project or if you are experiencing indecision. Add a few drops to a diffuser, find a quiet space and breathe in the wonderfully spicy aromatic fragrance - the perfect partner for meditation and use in visualisation techniques.
Cinnamon oil can also be applied topically to help heal wounds and its use in massage can aid the digestive system, lower blood pressure and reduce swelling, as well as improving libido! Combine Cinnamon essential oil with almond oil for a wonderful relaxing massage.
The anti-bacterial properties in cinnamon oil make it a wonderful household companion - use in a spray to clean work surfaces, floors and bathrooms to protect against bacteria and leave your home smelling amazingly aromatic and inviting.
Relax in a nice warm bath with a few drops of cinnamon essential oil (diluted in a carrier oil, like coconut or almond before adding) and allow the pain of aching joints and muscles to flow away - this is also an excellent way to relieve tension headaches.
Cinnamon essential oil can also be used in your beauty regime to help stimulate hair growth and temporarily plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines - this miracle oil really is a must have for any household.
To stimulate hair growth, add just 1 drop of cinnamon essential oil to roughly half a tablespoon of shampoo and massage into the scalp in small circles before rinsing thoroughly.
Cinnamon essential oil recipes
However you decide to use cinnamon essential oil, always dilute it with a 1:200 ratio if using on the skin. Although it has incredible properties, it is also very potent, so use Cinnamon essence sparingly to reap the most benefit.
Cinnamon Hair Loss Mask
Cinnamon oil has been known to help fight hair loss and encourage hair growth, making in the perfect ingredient for a restorative hair mask.
To create your own mask, blend the Lemon/Lime essential oil with the Lime juice and Cinnamon oil, and mix thoroughly. Meanwhile, warm the virgin coconut oil in a bowl. Once completed melted, combine with your oil mix, leave to cool to a comfortable temperature, and apply to the scalp. Massage in small circles for a few minutes, and leave on your hair for a further 10 minutes to reap the benefits.
When you first try this recipe, just add 1 drop of Cinnamon essential oil, you should experience a pleasant, warming tingle. If you don’t feel the tingle, try increasing the amount of Cinnamon oil, but never exceed the 5 drops.
- 1 teaspoon Lime Juice
- 3 drops Lemon or Lime essential oil
- 1-5 drops Cinnamon essential oil
- 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
Heartwarming Cinnamon Room spray:
Make your home smell incredible by combining the following essential oils in a spray bottle and rolling between your hands to blend the oils before adding the distilled water. To increase the lifetime of your room spray, replace half the distilled water with an organic alcohol, such as vodka or gin.
- 1 x drop Cinnamon essential oil
- 3 x drops Clove essential oil
- 3 x drops Cedarwood essential oil
- 6 x drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 6 x drops Lemon essential oil
- 2 x cups of distilled water
Oils to compliment Cinnamon essential oil
- Black Pepper
- Wild Orange
- Tea Tree
- Ylang Ylang
Anything to note?
Do not use cinnamon essential oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or on children under the age of 6. Cinnamon essential oil can be toxic if used in high doses, topically. Only use sparingly and with the recommended 1:200 ratio. Do not ingest Cinnamon essential oil, store in a cool, dark place, and keep out of reach of children. Do not apply to delicate, sensitive or broken skin.