Cinnamon Essential Oil, Ceylon
About Ceylon Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon brings 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 dilution in a carrier oil, cinnamon oil assists in restoring ease and comfort to tired, fatigued or overworked muscles and joints.
Diffuse cinnamon to energize a sluggish mind and inspire creativity, to awaken the senses and stimulate the appetite. Traditionally, it is used as a spice in cooking in ground or powdered form, and 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.
How to Use Ceylon Cinnamon Essential Oil
- In the Diffuser: Cinnamon 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 Ceylon 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 and relax the body.
Ceylon 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.
Ceylon Cinnamon Essential Oil Profile
This luscious cinnamon oil is distilled for Floracopeia from leaves on a sustainable 25-acre farm in Sri Lanka. The leaves are dried and steam-distilled in handmade equipment according to age-old local wisdom. Each distillation takes about 9 hours and, after separating the oil by hand, yields about 3kg of pure essential oil. The hydrosol is then reused for the next batch and the leaves, from which the oil has just been extracted, are immediately dried in the warm breeze and reused as fuel for the next batch, so the process is entirely self-sustaining.
The botanical name is cinnamomum zeylanicum, sometimes also called cinnamomum verum (“true cinnamon”). It is generally referred to as Ceylon cinnamon, Ceylon being the old, pre-independence name for Sri Lanka, the native home of true cinnamon. This is an important distinction as most of the cinnamon and cinnamon oil available in the US is actually cinnamomum cassia, which is a poor cousin of true cinnamon.
- Botanical Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum
- Family: Lauraceae
- Composition: 100% Pure Ceylon Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Origin: Sri Lanka
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Sustainably cultivated
- Plant Part: Leaf
- Bottle Size: ½ fl oz (15 mL)
Aromatic Profile and Blending Information for Ceylon Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Perfumery Note: Base to Middle
- Odor: Spicy, woody, resinous; 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 cedarwood essential oil.
Safety Considerations for Ceylon Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon oil is a mucous membrane irritant and strong skin sensitizer. Use only in very low dilution (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.
Interesting Ceylon 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 has been studied for its supportive effects in promoting healthy blood sugar balance and insulin response.
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- Cinnamomum zeylanicum
- Sri Lanka