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1 December 2021 / Caitlin Devlin

Cinnamon Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

One of the world's most popular spices also acts as a powerful agent against infection.

Cinnamon sticks piled on each other.

An unusually potent oil, cinnamon has a range of health benefits that have been explored and documented over hundreds of years

In this blog, you will discover a range of Cinnamon Essential Oil benefits, its history, and how you can use it in your day-to-day life.

History of Cinnamon:

It’s believed that over one hundred varieties of cinnamon are grown worldwide, all of them associated with strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.

Considered one of the longest-existing spices in human history and associated with wealth and prosperity, these days cinnamon is used more as a flavouring than anything else.

However, in aromatherapy circles cinnamon is still lauded for its ability to support heart health, heal ulcers, fight parasites and fungi, and benefit skin and hair.

What is Cinnamon oil used for?

1) Cinnamon essential oil is good for the heart.

There is evidence to suggest that cinnamon oil has heart health-boosting benefits.

A study in 2014 showed that cinnamon bark oil coupled with aerobic exercise could help to improve heart performance more rapidly, and also showed that this pairing can help to lower LDL cholesterol, considered ‘bad’ cholesterol, while raising HDL, or ‘good’ cholesterol.

Cinnamon can also promote nitric oxide production, which can be beneficial for those with heart disease. Its anti-inflammatory properties give an extra boost to heart health.

Cinnamon sticks on a black table.

2) Cinnamon essential oil is good for skin and hair.

It is important to remember that cinnamon oil is incredibly potent, and can have strong effects on the skin if not properly diluted.

When mixed with a large percentage of carrier vegetable oil and applied sparingly, cinnamon oil can be an effective natural treatment for rashes or acne. A study in 2017 found that this is due to cinnamon oil’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Cinnamon essential oil benefits hair through it's remarkable ability to thicken it by increasing blood flow to the scalp and promoting growth.

However, you should only use cinnamon oil on skin or hair after seeking advice from a dermatologist or someone with professional accreditation, as sensitive skin can react badly. 

3) It can help to heal ulcers.

A study in 2003 demonstrated that cinnamon oil can have a significant inhibiting effect on the bacteria H.pylori, which is known to cause ulcers. Reducing H.pylori can significantly improve ulcer symptoms and provide relief.

This inhibiting effect is likely due to the compound eugenol, which attacks the H.pylori bacteria and prevents it from flourishing.

4) It can fight parasites and fungi.

A study in 2014 found that cinnamon oil was useful for treating the parasite giardiasis, and further research has suggested that cinnamon oil can be useful against malaria.

These are just a couple of examples of parasites that cinnamon oil has been shown to be effective against, and its microbial-fighting properties don’t stop there.

Cinnamon oil has also been shown to have anti-fungal properties, in particular showing inhibiting effects against the candida fungus.

Cinnamon Essential Oil uses:

Aromatherapy:

Combine 5-7 drops of the oil with water and add to an oil burner or diffuser.

Massage:

Dilute 5 drops to 10ml of carrier oil and massage into skin.

Bath: 

Add 6-8 drops to warm bathwater.

Skincare: 

Add a couple of drops to a carrier oil or your chosen lotion.

Soap & Candles: 

Suitable for soap making and candle making. We recommend following a tested recipe.

    Cinnamon is a very powerful oil with strong effects both medically and cosmetically.

    It is important to always avoid applying cinnamon oil to very sensitive areas such as the lips, or at least seek advice from a medical professional before doing so.

    That said, when cinnamon oil is used correctly its potency can result in some very impressive benefits.

    Shop our cinnamon essential oil here

    100% Pure Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil 10ml | Nikura

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