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Cinnamon essential oil: properties, use as a natural remedy and do it yourself. Information on where to buy and how to use cinnamon essential oil.
L'cinnamon essential oilit is extracted from the cinnamon bark left to macerate in sea water and then distilled or it can be extracted from the leaves. The composition of the two essential oils obtained is similar but differs in a greater or lesser concentration of eugenol and cinnamic aldehyde. You will not believe it but… it is thanks to these two active ingredients that tiger balm is so famous today. The composition of the tiger balm sees, in fact, the use not only ofcinnamon essential oil but also of these two active ingredients to make the result with even more tangible properties. Whichproperty? We will find out later.
Cinnamon cassia or cinnamon true
Therecinnamonis a spice obtained from the inner bark of trees belonging to the genusCinnamomum. The so-called "real cinnamon”Is derived from the speciesCinnamomum verum (better known as Ciannamomum zeylancium) even if the one we find on the market, in general, is obtained from other species, the particular fromCinnamomum cassia; the cinnamon of Ciannamomum cassia has a more tart aroma and a less fine texture, which is why it is much cheaper.
Cinnamon essential oil
L'cinnamon essential oil, thanks to his property, can be used as a natural remedy to soothe various ailments, can be used in aromatherapy and especially as the main ingredient for the preparation of anti-inflammatory ointments.
There cinnamon is an ancient natural remedy still used today in Ayurvedic medicine, it contains tannins, cinnamic aldehyde, eugenol (over 50 aromatic and terpenic compounds), linalool, beta-caryophyllene, camphor ...cinnamon essential oilit is an amber liquid rich in 90% cinnamic aldehyde and is responsible for the typical flavor and aroma of cinnamon.
Cinnamon essential oil, properties
Cinnamon essential oil has a strong antifungal activity (it is a natural antiseptic) and promotes peripheral circulation when rubbed into the skin.
Thanks to its ability to improve circulation, it can relieve rheumatism and be useful in the preparation of anti-cellulite and anti-inflammatory ointments.
L'cinnamon essential oil it is used to prevent colds, flu and, in aromatherapy, to help with stress and nervous breakdown. It can also be used to relieve tired feet and legs.
Cinnamon essential oil, uses
For a cream
You can prepare an ointment by dissolving a few drops of cinnamon essential oil in vaseline or, for an even more natural product, you can use vegetable glycerin.
For an ointment
Who prefersnatural remediesmore practical can limit themselves to adding 1 single drop of cinnamon essential oil to a spoonful of vegetable oil, preferably sweet almond oil but, if you really don't want to buy anything else, go ahead for olive oil too!
Creams and ointments, prepared in this way, can be used for anti-inflammatory massages for the neck, back, legs and temple, to counteract migraines. By stimulating the blood circulation, this oil can be very useful for fighting cellulite or soothing swollen, cold and tired feet.
In case of cold feet, swollen or tired feet, add a few drops of this essential oil to a basin with hot water, in which you will soak your feet until the water becomes cold.
Thanks to its antifungal properties, foot baths can be useful for those who go to gyms and want to prevent the appearance of annoying fungi and infections.
Thanks to eugenol, the cinnamon essential oil extracted from the leaves is more suitable for the preparation of homemade toothpastes.
Cinnamon essential oil from leaves or bark?
As stated, thecinnamon essential oilit can be obtained from the bark or from the leaves. Cinnamon essential oil obtained from the bark is richer in cinnamic aldehyde so it can irritate the skin if not properly diluted, it has a sweeter aroma.
The essential oil of cinnamon obtained from the leaves is less irritating although it would seem to have a more pungent aroma dictated by the higher concentration of eugenol; eugenol is the same active ingredient contained in cloves, therefore the essential oil of cinnamon obtained from the leaves has an aroma that is very reminiscent of that of cloves.
Cinnamon essential oil, where to buy it
At shops specializing in the sale of natural products or taking advantage of online sales: you can find them on Amazoncinnamon essential oilsextracts from leaves or bark at great prices. Do not miss the opportunity to buy cinnamon essential oil Organic, i.e. prepared from cinnamon crops not treated with artificial chemical compounds. For the sake of completeness, I would like to point out two products with an excellent value for money.
Both essential oils reported are extracted from the species Ciannamomum zeylanicum (true cinnamon), in both cases the use of this essential oil is not recommended during pregnancy and must always be diluted.
O.E. extracted from bark
Price: € 10.99 per bottle of 50 ml
O.E. extracted from leaves
Price: 12.99 euros per bottle of 50 ml
Warning! Essential oils should never be used pure on the skin! Remember to always dilute in a vegetable oil or other neutral base such as petroleum jelly or glycerin.
Cinnamon essential oil goes well with:
For completeness, here is a list of the essential oils which could be combined with that of cinnamon, just click on the single name to learn its property:
- Lavender essential oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Patchouli essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
In the photo above, ground cinnamon (cinnamon cassia). In the photo below, the typical young leaves of the true cinnamon, Ciannamomum zeylanicum.