Cinnamon Essential Oil, Gold Top
About Gold Top Cinnamon Essential Oil
Gold Top cinnamon oil can be distinguished from other oils by it's light density. While density varies slightly, even in the same batch, this oil will often float in water. This property allows the distiller to separate this very unique oil early on in the distillation process, as the rest of the oil sinks readily. The oil must be removed in the first hour of distillation and the process is done by hand with a ladle – a very painstaking process!
This "Gold Top" oil has about half of the Eugenol and twice the cinnamaldehyde as traditional cinnamon essential oil. It's suspected that the high levels of cinnamaldehyde are what makes this oil such a superior repellent. Tests were performed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on repellent spray made with regular cinnamon oil and that made with Gold Top. The Gold Top oil spray was 100% effective for at least an hour!
In addition to the special properties of the Gold Top oil, it also provides the benefits of any cinnamon 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 Gold Top Cinnamon Essential Oil
- In the Diffuser: If you have outdoor electrical outlets and the weather is appropriate, diffuse 5-15 drops of Gold Top cinnamon outdoors to keep the bugs away! 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.
- As a massage oil: Combine one drop of Gold Top Cinnamon Essential Oil in 0.5 oz of carrier oil (we love Jojoba) and massage into legs, arms, and joints to warm and relax the body.
- As a natural insect repellent: To make a diluted 1% solution, mix 1/4 teaspoon (or 24 drops) of Gold Top Cinnamon Essential Oil for every four ounces of water. Spray onto your skin or clothing, around your home, and onto upholstery or plants.
- Note that you can make your insect repellent stronger, up to 25%, for an extremely effective repellent, but it will be irritating to senstive skin. If you choose to make this stronger repellent we suggest that you spray on clothing only and carefully avoid getting this solution near the eyes or mucous membranes.
Other Ways to Use Gold Top 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.
- Direct Palm Inhalation: rub a drop or two between the palms and inhale for instant upliftment and stress relief. Be careful to avoid the eyes, nose and mouth!
Gold Top Cinnamon Essential Oil Recipes
- 1 drop Gold Top Cinnamon Essential Oil
- 8 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
- 2 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
- ½ oz of your favorite carrier oil (we love Jojoba)
- Apply to the bottoms of your feet
Deodorizing Room Spray
- 1 drop Gold Top Cinnamon Essential Oil
- 3 drops Cedar Essential Oil
- 6 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 6 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- Mix in 2 cups water and use in a spray bottle
Once again! Natural Insect Repellent
- Mix 1/4 teaspoon (or 24 drops) of Gold Top Cinnamon Essential Oil for every four ounces of water
- Spray onto your skin or clothing – preferably your clothing, especially if you have sensitive skin!
Gold Top Cinnamon Essential Oil Profile
Just like our Ceylon Cinnamon Essential Oil, 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 Gold Top Cinnamon is removed by hand in the first hour of distillation. 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 Gold Top 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, sweet, fruity; rich and tropical
- 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 Gold Top 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 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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- Bottle Size:
- 1/2 oz (15mL)
- Latin Name:
- Cinnamomum zeylanicum
- Country of Origin:
- Sri Lanka