About Himalayan Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon is a very useful spice oil to have on hand. It is one of the most recognizable essences, even among those who are unfamiliar with aromatherapy. Cinnamon will bring warming relief to the body and creative inspiration to the mind. Pungent, spicy and warming, cinnamon nourishes and restores the body's own ability to produce a healing response. Applied topically in extremely low concentration in a carrier oil, cinnamon oil assists in restoring ease and comfort to tired, fatigued or overworked muscles and joints. Diffusion of cinnamon can energize a sluggish mind and can be useful to inspire creativity, to awaken the senses and to stimulate the appetite. Traditionally, it is used as a spice in cooking in ground or powdered form, and is used as a stimulant tonic to increase metabolic activity. Cinnamon can also be used to create a sensual atmosphere, so add this exotic spice to a blend of ginger, cedar and vetiver in your diffuser.
Himalayan Cinnamon Essential Oil Profile
This delectable cinnamon variant is distilled for Floracopeia from berries wild-harvested in the Nepali Himalayas.
How to Use Himalayan Cinnamon Essential Oil
- In the Diffuser: Cinnamon quickly warms the heart and mind with stimulating, delicious spice. Like other spices, this oil will help to open the breath and to relieve heaviness and lung discomfort. Diffuse a combination of one drop of cinnamon and 6 drops of mandarin oil to encourage relaxation and lift spirits.
Other Ways to Use Himalayan Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Note: Please see safety guidelines for cinnamon oil before use. Cinnamon oil should not be applied directly to the skin as it is extremely dermo-caustic. It can be applied in dilution or in blends to the palms for direct inhalation or massage or used in a diffuser.
- Massage Oil: Cinnamon oil is well-placed in a wintertime massage oil blend. One drop of cinnamon in 0.5 oz of carrier oil can be massaged into legs, arms and joints to warm, ease and relax the body.
Himalayan Cinnamon Essential Oil Recipes
- Warm Extremities Blend: 3 drops clove essential oil, 3 drops lemon essential oil, 2 drops cinnamon, 1 drop rosemary essential oil and 1 drop eucalyptus essential oil in ½ oz of carrier oil. Apply to bottoms of feet.
- Deodorizing Room Spray: 1 drop cinnamon, 3 drops clove essential oil, 3 drops cedarwood essential oil, 6 drops tea tree essential oil, 6 drops lemon essential oil. Mix in 2 cups water and use in spray bottle.
- Abundance Blend: 1 drop cinnamon, 8 drops bergamot essential oil and 2 drops patchouli essential oil in ½ oz of carrier oil. Apply to bottoms of feet.
Interesting Himalayan Cinnamon Essential Oil Information
As a spice, cinnamon has been harvested and traded throughout the ages and has been documented in early medicinal texts as a valuable digestive tonic. The ancient Egyptians used cinnamon steeped in carrier oils for foot massages and as an herbal medicine for digestive problems. It also has a history of being used as an ingredient in love potions and incense.
Most often used as a flavoring agent in foods, cinnamon, in powdered form, has been a staple of international cuisine for centuries. Cinnamon essential oil is commercially employed in toothpastes, breath fresheners and chewing gum and is also used extensively in perfumery. Cinnamon has been studied for its supportive effects in promoting healthy blood sugar balance and insulin response.
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Safety Considerations for Himalayan Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon oil is a mucous membrane irritant and strong skin sensitizer. Use only in very low concentration (less than 1%). Do not apply directly to delicate skin or near eyes or mucous membranes, even in dilution. Do not take cinnamon essential oil internally.
Aromatic Profile and Blending Information for Himalayan Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Perfumery Note: Base to Middle
- Odor: Spicy, woody, resinous, camphorous; rich and penetrating
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium to Strong
- Dry-out: sweet, delicate, spicy-herbaceous
- Blends Well With: Spice and herb oils such as basil essential oil, clove essential oil, fennel essential oil, ginger essential oil, and marjoram essential oil; grass oils like gingergrass essential oil, vetiver essential oil and palmarosa essential oil. Can also be used with agarwood essential oil or cedar essential oil.
- Botanical Name: Cinnamomum cecidodaphne
- Family: Lauraceae
- Composition: 100% Pure Himalayan Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Origin: Nepal
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Wild-harvested
- Plant Part: Dried berries
- Color: Pale to golden yellow
- Consistency: Mobile
- Yield: 4.5%
- Bottle Size: ½ fl oz (15 mL)