The cinnamon tree is an evergreen native to China and Vietnam that has since been cultivated in many other regions. It has shiny, leathery green leaves, and small, white flowers with oval shaped purple berries.
History: The medicinal use of Cinnamon Bark was first recorded in Chinese formulations as early as 2700 B.C. The herb has been used as a healing aid for stomach upset and gas, diarrhea, rheumatism, kidney ailments, and abdominal pain. The Egyptians used it as a foot massage, as well as a remedy for excessive bile. It was used as an ingredient of mulled wines, love potions, and a sedative during birthing.
Common Uses: The traditional used of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is highly respected, because of the antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of the oil. It has been used to treat diarrhea and other problems of the digestive system. With its pleasant scent, it has been considered to be a perfect additive to creams, lotions, and soaps. From a spiritual perspective, it is believed to have warming and uplifting characteristics.
Cautions: Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil can be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes – particularly in large doses. When using this oil, care must be taken because of the amount of active ingredients it contains, and potential side effects from phototoxicity and sensitivity must be kept in mind when treating. It should always be used in dilution. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Phytochemicals: Cinnamic alcohol and phenol are typical phytochemicals found in Cinnamon
Usage: Topical: Apply 1-2 drops to concerned area with carrier oil. Oral: Dilute 1 drop into 2 oz water. Aromatic: Place 1-3 drops into diffuser.