I remember adding cinnamon to practically everything! My coffee, my hot chocolate and--oh my goodness--who can resist a good cinnamon roll? I know I can’t! But wait… Let’s not limit cinnamon to its uses in the culinary world. It has charmed its way into the lives of people in more ways than one. Find out why!
Cinnamon has been around for thousands of years, having been mentioned in the old testament as an anointing oil. It was also widely used by the ancient Egyptians, and the Arabs transported cinnamon back in the Middle Ages to preserve meat in the winter. Fast forward to present day where cinnamon has spiced its way into our lives in more ways than one!
Cinnamon essential oil can be extracted from two different parts of the plant: the inner bark and the leaves. It is native to wet tropical regions of Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, India, and Southeast Asia. The cinnamon tree is an evergreen tree of the species Laurus Cinnamomum,with heavy brown barks, yellow flowers and, oval-shaped leaves. It can grow up to 20-60 ft or 8-18 m.
While cinnamon bark oil cannot be used in aromatherapy, cinnamon leaf essential oil can be used at a suggested maximum concentration of 3%.
Cinnamon leaf essential oil is obtained through steam distillation and is light yellow/brownish in color.
Cinnamon leaf oil has a harsh, warm and spicy odor that may remind you of musky incense. It pairs well with a variety of other essential oils including Cedarwood, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Blood Orange, Sweet Orange, Pine, Rosemary, Tangerine, Thyme, and Ylang Ylang.
Besides the wonders it does in the kitchen, Cinnamon also has a number of other benefits including:
Because of its musculoskeletal benefits, cinnamon essential oil can greatly help with aches and pains associated with aging joints when diluted with your favorite carrier oil.
Cinnamon can also be diffused into the air to help combat seasonal illness threats. To do so, add a few drops of Cinnamon Leaf essential oil to a dish of pines cones or potpourri to scent a small room (like your guest bathroom) during the holidays. For seasonal illness prevention, use at a 1% dilution (5-6 drops per ounce of carrier oil or lotion). Combine with other oils such as Pine, Sandalwood, Lavender, and Ginger when you feel a sickness coming on.
Cinnamon can be used as a pest deterrent you’re looking for a natural way to make your home pest-free.imply fill an empty sachet bag with dried flowers, herbs or cotton balls. Add 6-10 drops of Cinnamon Leaf before closing and place in your drawers or hang in your closet to discourage pests.