An oil with a warm, sweet aroma, cinnamon essential oil is a type of essential oil used in aromatherapy. Typically sourced from the bark of the cinnamon tree, cinnamon essential oil is said to offer a variety of health benefits. Cinnamon essential oil contains a number of compounds thought to influence health.
These compounds include cinnamaldehyde, which has been found to reduce inflammation and act as an antimicrobial (a substance that destroys or suppresses the growth of microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi).
Serving Size: 1 drop
Servings per container: 5mL = 85 / 15mL = 255
When combined with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado), cinnamon essential oil can be applied to the skin or added to baths. Cinnamon essential oil can also be inhaled after sprinkling a few drops of the oil onto a cloth or tissue, or by using an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.
Cinnamon essential oil is touted as a natural remedy for health concerns ranging from cough and colds to constipation.
In addition, cinnamon essential oil is said to stimulate circulation, reduce stress, relieve pain, fight off infections, improve digestion, and protect against insects. Cinnamon is also known to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-diabetic, and anticancer properties.
It can also help to fend off heart disease, high cholesterol and neurological health disorders, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's disease.
Many of the benefits of cinnamon oil have to do with its ability to dilate blood vessels. Cinnamon bark can help enhance nitric oxide function, which causes increased blood flow and lower levels of inflammation.
Some of the most researched health benefits of cinnamon oil include:
Cinnamon essential oil should not be taken internally without the supervision of a health professional.
Internal use of cinnamon essential oil may have toxic effects.
Cinnamon (particularly Cassia cinnamon) is high in coumarin, a compound that can be toxic to the liver and kidneys if used in excess amounts. (Coumarin can be absorbed through the skin and cause adverse effects even if it isn't ingested.) Coumarin can also have a "blood-thinning" effect.
In addition, some individuals may experience irritation and/or allergic reactions when applying cinnamon essential oil to the skin.
Pregnant women and children should consult their primary health care providers prior to using essential oils.
Nutritional supplements are classified as a food by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supplements do not require the same rigorous testing, review and approval that drugs are required to go through. Therefore, the statements contained in this document regarding Cinnamon have not been reviewed and approved by the FDA. However, significant research has been done on this product by many universities, public and private business. We at 5-Point Wellness, LLC desire to share information about Cinnamon, in order to educate our clientele to make well informed decisions for themselves.