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Cinnamon Essential Oil

By Maisha Liwaru

 

Pieces of bark from the stems of the cinnamon tree form rolls (quills) known as cinnamon sticks.  The sticks are formed after the leaves and twigs are removed, then the inner and outer bark is removed. As the bark dries it rolls. 

Cinnamon reminds many of their childhood such as grandma’s pies and cookies and a cozy, fireside chair you loved to curl up in. While many stir hot cider with cinnamon sticks during the Christmas season, it is popular with die-hard tea drinkers year round. So even though we are approaching the heart of summer, Cinnamon should not be over looked.  There is no need to relegate it to the same winter limitations we have put on Egg Nog.

The yellowish brown, sweet cinnamon spice has been used for thousands of years. But cinnamon oil is not as commonly appreciated.

Cinnamon leaf oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the cinnamomum ceylanicum Breyne that is native to Sri Lanka.  Cinnamon bark oil is extracted from the bark. The tree is a tropical evergreen that can grow to 45 feet high. The tree has strong branches, a thick bark with small shoots. The leaves are shiny and leathery and the flowers are white, with white berries. The tree grows in several other tropical locations but the trees that grow in Sri Lanka yield the best spice, sticks, and oil.

Cinnamon oils have been used since ancient times to flavor foods and drinks.  Bark and leaf oils have the same uses. The most popular use being for their distinctive fragrance. The oil works great in diffusers of all kind and cinnamon incense sticks put out a wonderfully relaxing scent The therapeutic uses include treating colds, coughs, dental and gum problems.  In addition, they are used for digestive and menstrual problems, rheumatism, and kidney troubles and as a stimulant.  The cinnamon oils relieve nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. I do not recommend internal use of most essential oils without personal consultation with an aroma therapist. You will probably be told to use only a drop or two mixed in at least 6 ounces of liquid such as tea.  Despite its many positive uses, Cinnamon oil is one of the most hazardous oils. 

Cinnamon oil must never be used on the skin without first being added to carrier oil, such as Emu Oil.  The oil, especially leaf, can cause skin irritations. It should never be used on sensitive skin.  If the oil is properly blended to use in perfumes, soaps, cosmetics and toiletries, the finished products should be safe to use on the skin. But, those with sensitive skin should test the product on a small patch of skin first.

Cinnamon oil is one of the fragrance manufacturers basic fragrances.  It is found in Cinnabar, Opium and Poison among many other perfumes.  It has a spicy, oriental personality and is used as a top and middle note. The odor is so powerful yet warm, spicy and sweet that the one fragrance adds many dimensions a perfume blend.

Next time?  I haven’t decided but which fragrance to feature but I promise it won’t stink.

 

 

 

 

 

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