Our Cinnamon essential oil comes from Cinnamonum cassia. Cinnamon is distinguished by its small, white flowers, glossy green leaves, and cute purple oval berries. Italians called it canella, meaning “little tube,” and that just makes a lot of sense, considering the shape of cinnamon sticks.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to mankind. In ancient Egypt, a single kilogram of cinnamon was worth OVER FIVE kilograms of pure silver. It was loved not only for it’s properties as a medicinal, and beverage flavoring, but also as an embalming agent. As a sign of remorse, Roman Emperor Nero ordered a year’s supply of cinnamon to be burnt after he murdered his wife… So as you can see, politics haven’t change much over the centuries.
Uses of cinnamon oil
People use this essential oil in a variety of ways. So far as we know, none of these applications have been verified or approved by the FDA. Certainly, none of our HomeGrown Herbalist products have any such approval or verification from the FDA so all of this information is strictly for entertainment only.
You’ve probably heard of cinnamon bark oil, but don’t be confused as it is a totally different product. Cinnamon bark oil is extracted from the outer bark of the tree, resulting in a good quality, powerful essential oil. However, cinnamon bark oil is very refined and therefore very expensive for everyday use, which is why many people settle for cinnamon leaf oil as it is lighter, cheaper, and equally rich. making it ideal for common use.
Cinnamon leaf essential oil can be used as an additive in soaps and as a flavoring agent. When used in aromatherapy, diffused or applied topically (we recommend diluting it with milder essential oil or in your favorite cream, lotion or shampoo), it can have beneficial health effects. Here are some of its uses:
- As a disinfectant . With its strong germicidal properties, cinnamon oil works as a non-toxic natural disinfectant. It is used to clean your bathrooms and other surfaces
- As a facial scrub . Mix the oil with sugar, orange juice, and olive oil to create a facial scrub with incredible rejuvenating properties.
- To gargle as a mouthwash . Add a drop or two to a glass of purified water and gargle with it.
- Add to your foot bath . You can get rid of unpleasant foot fungi by mixing a drop of cinnamon essential oil in a bucket of warm water and then soaking your feet in it.
- Like an insect repellent . The aroma of cinnamon leaf oil can deter pesky household insects, such as black ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, and flies? Simply spray or diffuse the oil around your home. You can also spray it on your mattresses and sheets to get rid of bed bugs.
- Add it to your shampoo . Add a drop of oil to your regular shampoo to help keep your hair healthy and, in children, to help kill lice.
Benefits of cinnamon essential oil
Cinnamon essential oil can be very helpful in de-stressing after a long and tiring day. It can also help support sore muscles and joints. This oil has an calming effect on your body that helps unwind you after a long, tense day.
Safety and side effects
You should not ingest cinnamon oil. When applied topically, we suggest you mix it with carrier oils like coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil. It also pairs well with other oils like cardamom, clove, ginger. Check and make sure you don’t have any allergic reaction to cinnamon before using it. Perform a skin test by applying a small amount of the diluted oil to the skin to see if allergic reactions occur.
Nursing mothers and pregnant women should avoid using the oil. Avoid the administration of the oil in very young children.
Use it sparingly and well diluted. This oil can lead to side effects such as skin irritation, mouth sores, dizziness, vomiting, and diarrhea
*These statements have not been verified by the FDA and is only referenced here as a fun fact and/or for historical commentary, is not to be used as medical advice in any way. Consult your doctor before using any herbal product.
None of these items or statements are approved by FDA. Consult your physician before using any if these products. Do not take any of these products during pregnancy without consulting your healthcare provider. This product is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease. All information here is for entertainment and educational purposes only.