Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Cinnamon Bark comes from an evergreen tree whose flowers, fruit, leaves, roots, and bark exude it's spicy aroma.
- Botanical Family: Lauraceae
- Part of Plant Used: Bark
- Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
- Variations: Cinnamon leaf is also used in aromatherapy, but it has different properties than the bark. Cassia is a Chinese Cinnamon.
- Chemistry: Cinnamon Bark is comprised of aldehydes ((E)-cinnamaldehyde) and phenols (eugenol) supported by esters ((E)-cinnamyl acetate), monoterpene alcohols (linalool), and sesquiterpenes (β-caryophyllene, p-Cymene)
- Circulatory: improves circulation
- Digestive: supports the digestive system especially for infections and other digestive upsets
- Respiratory: used for upper respiratory infections and seasonal ailments
- Musculoskeletal: pain relief for muscular aches and pains
- Nervous System: stimulating for times of stress, exhaustion and general fatigue
- Spiritual: supports the Third Eye Chakra associated with intuition and imagination
- Scent Profile: Mid note with warm spicy earthy aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Cinnamon Bark can last up to 372 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Spicy
- Blends well with: Black Spruce, Blood Orange, Cacao, Cedarwood, Cardamom, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, Sweet Orange, and Vanilla
- According to Tisserand & Young: Cinnamon Bark may inhibit blood clotting; can cause skin sensitization or mucous membrane irritation.
- (Oral use): May interact with pethidine, MAOIs, SSRIs and anticoagulant medication.
- Avoid if you have peptic ulcers or hemophilia or other bleeding disorders. Use with caution for people who are about to undergo major surgery.
- Avoid using during pregnancy and lactation as it may contain methyleugenol which inhibits blood clotting, can cause embryotoxicity and can stimulate contractions.
- Cinnamon Bark is high in phenols and can be toxic to cats. Read more about Essential Oils Toxicity for Cats.
Products Using Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.