Cinnamon essential oil stimulates, energizes and warms - a great way to spice up your life!
Use recipes with cinnamon essential oil when you have a deep chill or you're sick or sore. It warms you up, helps with pain and kills germs all at the same time. It's great for aromatherapy diffuser blends for sickrooms and during cold and flu season.
Cinnamon is said to be a mild aphrodisiac and, in fact, was used by the ancient Egyptians in love potions (and mulled wines - yummy!)
Note: For aching muscles and joints, I suggest using Cinnamon Leaf essential oil, which has a a higher eugenol content, which increases its anti-inflammatory powers. For candle making, you may prefer Cinnamon Bark, which has a stronger aroma and is a mild fixative.
In case you were wondering... yes, it is from the same tree where we get our cinnamon sticks and powdered cinnamon for cooking. As soon as I get some time, I'll post some aromatherapy cinnamon recipes you can eat.
The Cinnamon tree grows up to 50 feet high, with leathery green leaves and small white flowers that develop into light blue berries. Both the leaves and the bark are used to create essential oils.
The leaves and twigs or inner dried bark are steam distilled to extract the essential oil.
Spicy, warm, slightly sweet scent. Cinnamon leaf has a sharper scent than the bark oil.
Cinnamon's strong middle note blends well with all the citrus essential oils, the spice oils, and lavender, patchouli and ylang ylang.
Though non-toxic, cinnamon essential oil can irritate the skin and especially the mucous membranes. Use only in low dilution for skin applications. Do not use during pregnancy.
(I learned this the hard way - I put a drop in my bathwater one day when I was freezing cold - big mistake! My skin itched for hours! (I do have very fair skin, and I guess it's more sensitive than I realized. REALLY dilute cinnamon oil!)
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