Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, and for that matter Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil contain high levels of cinnamaldehyde; which irritates the skin, so this oil is another one that should never be used neat on the skin, pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid it. Safely used on the skin: 1 drop to 100ml of carrier oil.
But just as the cinnamaldehyde can irritate it also bears many gifts, it’s an antimicrobial fighting bacterial growth. Cinnamaldehyde has been found to be of use inhibiting the spread of cancer cells and growth of tumours, specifically prostate, lung and breast cancer*
Bark over Leaf:
Cinnamon Leaf is high in eugenol, this makes it, when diluted with a carrier oil, a great pain reliever, analgesic.
Cinnamon Bark is substantially more expensive than cinnamon leaf and has been considered to be the more potent but recent research has shown that the active ingredient, cinnamaldehyde is present to the same extent in both the Bark and Leaf oils. They both have antioxidant qualities.
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil has been shown to ease depression and reduce stress and relax the body enough so as to increase the libido, a few drops can relieve cystitis if used in a sitz bath, it is a great deterrent to mosquitoes and diluted with carrier oil, it can be used in a massage oil to relieve cramps.
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is, because of its anti-inflammatory properties a fine topical pain killer, it is powerful and can be utilized as an antifungal and anti-viral agent.
When it comes to scent and strength, the Bark essential oil is surprise surprise more earthy and woody, the leaf essential oil; lighter in fragrance. The Bark Oil needs to be handled with a little more care as it is more of an irritant to the skin and mucous membranes.
Both oils blend well with Benzoin, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Mandarin, Orange, Pine, Rosemary, Thyme and Ylang Ylang.
Oh and FYI its botanical name is Cinnamomum zeylanicum
*The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils handbook for everyday wellness (pg47). Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele 2014
We have used Cinnamon Bark in our Purifiier Anti-Viral Essential Oil Blend, and Anti-Viral Hand Soap.
Cinnamon Leaf makes an appearance in our Cinnamon Bliss Soap, Let’s Get It On Essential Oil Blend, Cleopatra Moisturizing Goat’s Milk Bath Soak, Detox Bath Soak, and Menstrual Pain Relief Massage Oil.