Cinnamon Bark essential oil may not be the best-known essential oil available, but it has a number of beneficial properties that make it a vital inclusion in your aromatherapy repertoire. For a full profile on this powerful oil, read on…
An Introduction to Cinnamon Bark Oil
As the name suggests, cinnamon bark oil is derived from the bark of trees that belong to the Cinnamomum family, which includes around 250 different trees and shrubs. The majority of the trees and shrubs in this family are found in Asia and Australia, with native countries including Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and India.
One of the reasons cinnamon bark oil is not particularly well-known in the west is due to its rarity – and, inevitably, its high price. However, it is worth considering incorporating cinnamon bark essential oil into your general usage, as it offers many special benefits to the user.
The Benefits of Using Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Cinnamon bark oil has been shown to have a number of useful benefits for health and well-being, including:
- Lowers cholesterol levels in the body,
- Can promote wound-healing and bacterial control,
- Helps to control and stabilize blood sugar levels,
- Can reduce gastrointestinal distress, such as stomach flu,
- Antiviral properties that are effective when treating viruses such as herpes, and even HIV,
- Can help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease,
- Has useful properties for the treatment of certain fungal infections.
Ayurvedic medicine believes that cinnamon bark essential oil is suitable for use as an:
- General stimulant
In addition, German health advisers approve the use of the oil for the following ailments:
- Gastrointestinal spasms and distress
- Lack of appetite
The Properties of Cinnamon Bark Oil
Cinnamon bark essential oil contains over 90 different compounds, of which the most important is cinnamaldehyde. The percentage of cinnamaldehyde in the oil will govern its price; look for solutions of between 55 and 78 percent to ensure sufficient potency.
The Price of Cinnamon Bark Oil
Unfortunately, cinnamon bark essential oil is one of the most expensive essential oils in the world. It is more expensive than the similar cinnamon leaf oil, as well as the majority of standard essential oils – such as rosemary, lavender, and eucalyptus – that any aromatherapy aficionado will be familiar with. However, given its multiple benefits, it could be argued that cinnamon bark essential oil is worth its high price.
So how high is the price? Well, the good news is that the number has fallen in recent years, though remains extremely high. In 1992, cinnamon bark oil cost around $385 per kilogram / 35.2 ounces; today, it’s around $295 for the same amount.
If the price of store-bought cinnamon oil is outside of your budget, then there is good news: you can make your own.
Make Your Own Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
You will need…
- Cinnamon sticks; the same kind you can buy in grocery stores
- A wide glass jar
- Olive oil, preferably extra virgin
- Fill your jar with as many cinnamon sticks as will fit. You can break them if necessary
- Soak the sticks in the olive oil, so that every stick is covered
- Seal the lid and place in a warm area
- For the next three weeks, shake the jar frequently to encourage the cinnamon sticks to infuse well with the olive oil
- After three weeks of continual shaking and storage in a warm area, the infusion is ready
- Strain the cinnamon sticks, and store the resulting oil in a glass container
- Store the oil at room temperature
Using Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Cinnamon bark essential oil is a highly useful oil to have, but it must be used with particular caution.
- No essential oil should be ingested without consulting a medical professional, so always seek advice for both store-bought and homemade blends.
- It is important to note that cinnamon bark oil is particularly potent, and can cause skin irritation without proper dilution: never apply this oil neat to your skin. Always use the smallest possible amount of this oil and dilute it in a carrier oil. It is also advisable to patch test on your skin prior to applying to a wider area.
- Never apply cinnamon bark oil to the broken or damaged skin; this applies to all essential oils.
- You can use cinnamon bark essential oil for aromatherapy but, again, beware its potency: one or two drops in a diffuser is more than sufficient!
- It is best to use cinnamon bark essential oil infrequently due to its cinnamaldehyde content. Cinnamaldehyde can be toxic in large doses, so always use this oil sparingly. If you wish to use cinnamon bark essential oil more frequently, then seek the advice of a medical professional before doing so.
- You should not use cinnamon essential oil if you are currently pregnant, intending to be pregnant in the future, or nursing.
- Cinnamon essential oil is not suitable for use around babies or small children.
- It is not recommended to use cinnamon bark essential oil in conjunction with drinking black tea, coffee, or other caffeinated substances as this can cause heart palpitations.
Cinnamon bark oil can also cause side effects, including:
- Skin discomfort, sensitization, or a “burning feeling” (known as a dermocaustic effect) on the skin
- Heart palpitations
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
If you notice any of these symptoms when using cinnamon bark essential oil, discontinue use immediately and seek medical advice.
Cinnamon bark essential oil is an incredible substance and one that has been scientifically proven to offer a range of benefits for the human body. However, this is not an oil that you can use without due care and consideration; the oil is potent, its effects strong, and there are a number of important side effects you have to be aware of at all times.
However, this essential oil genuinely is useful for a variety of different tasks when used properly, so it would be a shame to entirely avoid it for reasons of fear. As a result, it is advisable to use this oil with extreme caution and, if possible, seek medical advice. With proper use, you can enjoy all the benefits of this essential oil without having to worry about potential problems it may cause.
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