Cinnamon (Sri Lanka) CO2
- Distillation Method: CO2-se
- Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
- Plant Part: Bark
- Latin Name: Cinnamomum ceylanicum
- Cultivation: Certified Organic
About the Oil: Ceylon Cinnamon is absolutely one of the finest available Cinnamon Bark oils with an exceptionally potent, warm, sweet and spicy aroma. Cinnamon Bark oil is regarded as one of the strongest antimicrobial essential oils.
Note: CO2 extracts generally include some larger molecules compared to their steam-distilled counterparts. Some may not be suitable for use in a nebulizing diffuser (unless blended with a thinner oil) – though most will be just fine in an ‘ultrasonic’ unit. Learn more about CO2 extracts on our Making Essential Oils page.
$1.44 – $145.60
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About The Plant
The Cinnamon tree is native to many countries with tropical climates such as Southern India, Burma, Madagascar but the Ceylon Cinnamon tree originated in Sri Lanka. Each country has a different species, each with differing aromatic compounds. These trees are evergreen and typically grow up to 15 meters in height with strong, thick branches The Sri Lankan varietal produces thin, smooth bark with a light-yellowish brown color. It is this bark that is harvested for essential oil production and then allowed to re-grow.
About The Oil
Cinnamon essential oil is considered a warming remedy, stimulating digestion and circulation, while supporting the immune system. Our Ceylon Cinnamon essential oil is made by the method of cool-process CO2 extraction from the inner bark of Cinnamon trees from Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan CO2 oil is the finest cinnamon we've ever come across, perfect in every way, and is considered the best cinnamon essential oil on the planet. We find the newly-added certified organic Indonesian 'Burmanii' variety exceptional too (it's the favorite of some of the Ananda staff!) Both are exceptionally potent antimicrobial essential oils and should be used with care.
About The Oil
The oldest known uses of cinnamon oil include reduction of toothaches and fighting bad breath. Cinnamon bark oil is used in pharmaceutical preparations and is still included in mouth washes and toothpaste.
THERAPEUTICS DESCRIBED BY AROMATHERAPY SPECIALISTS
From Chrissie Wildwood’s The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy3:
From Salvatore Battaglia’s The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:
A “hot and stimulating” remedy.
“the fire of courage to the belly of those who may have lost it in the maze of melancholia”
PROPERTIES OF CINNAMON REPORTED IN PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH
SUMMARY OF RESEARCH STUDIES
In a study on rats, Cinnamon extract was applied to wounds and was found to speed up the wound healing process.3
Cinnamon extract was tested in vitro against five common foodborne pathogenic bacterial strains and was found to have strong antibacterial activity.4
Cinnamon extract reduced the pain-related behavior of rats, suggesting that it blocks the pain receptor pathways and may have potential as an effective natural pain reliever.5
Diabetic mice were given oral doses of cinnamon extract and researchers observed that the cinnamon had hypoglycemic and insulin-like effects that could be beneficial for diabetic patients.6
In a clinical pilot study in women with polycystic ovary syndrome, subjects who took daily doses of cinnamon for 8 weeks had significantly lowered insulin resistance.7
An in vitro study of the antiviral activity of 69 different plant extracts found that cinnamon had the strongest overall antiviral effect against HIV-1 and HIV-2.8
Cinnamon exhibited the strongest antioxidant activity compared to seven other spices and was equivalent to the synthetic antioxidant propyl gallate in vitro. Cinnamon has great potential as a natural preservative in food and could replace some harmful synthetic chemicals.9
Rats given cinnamon extracts were found to have a significant reduction in anxiety-related behavior.10
Cinnamon oil has an extremely high antioxidant capacity, second only to clove oil. The CO2 distilled oil has a more complex chemistry than the steam distilled, and should be an even more broad spectrum antioxidant. Included in any blend, it will serve as an excellent preservative.
Diffuser, oil vaporiser
The oil should not be inhaled directly, as it may irritate the nasal membranes except in low concentration blended with other oils.
Great for those who suffer from melancholia or are devitalized from convalescence or general debility.
This wonderfully rich aroma is used as a sexual stimulant, though it should not be used directly on skin except in highly dilute concentrations – and then never on sensitive areas – due to its powerful nature.
If applied topically it MUST BE SIGNIFICANTLY DILUTED TO LESS THAN 0.1% and APPLIED TO THE SOLES OF THE FEET ONLY.
If you choose to apply Cinnamon topically, test a very small amount first. For use as an aphrodisiac, a diffuser would be best to experience the effect. Additionally, the aroma is thought to attract abundance, and is often used with Patchouli oil for this application.
Ingestion is the preferred use of Cinnamon. It can be used in cooking, or taken in a cup of warm water; only 1 drop at a time is to be used. It should not be taken for more than a week as a therapeutic. Small, regular doses of Cinnamon tea made using either the bark or the essential oil could be beneficial to oxidative stress related illness in humans due to it's antioxidant properties.
Kurt Schnaubelt says that the internal application of cinnamon bark is well tolerated and is safe and effective, provided it is used in appropriate small dosages. He recommends one drop of oil into one tablespoon of edible vegetable oil and then ingesting that mixture in a gelatin capsule.
This Cinnamon essential oil has a deep orange-like top note, followed by a sweet and warmly spiced middle note and a dry, powerful savory undertone.
Cinnamon oil typically blends well with all citrus oils (particularly lemon and orange), Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Rosemary, and Cardamom.
Cinnamon is a very ""hot"" essential oil, and can easily burn the skin if topically applied. If applied topically, it MUST BE SIGNIFICANTLY DILUTED TO LESS THAN 0.1%. Be sure to patch test a very small amount of your formula first. Always patch test for skin sensitivity. Repeated use can cause extreme skin sensitization.
Cinnamon oil should not be inhaled directly from a diffuser as it may irritate the nasal membranes except in low concentration blended with other oils.
If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician.
Not to be used with children younger than 5 years of age.
1. Wildwood, Chrissie. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2000.
2. Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.
3. Kamath, J. V., et al. “Pro-Healing Effect of Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark.” Phytotherapy Research, vol. 17, no. 8, 2003, pp. 970–972., doi:10.1002/ptr.1293.
4. Shan, Bin, et al. “Antibacterial Properties and Major Bioactive Components of Cinnamon Stick (Cinnamomum Burmannii): Activity against Foodborne Pathogenic Bacteria.”Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 55, no. 14, 2007, pp. 5484–5490., doi:10.1021/jf070424d.
5. Atta, A.H, and A Alkofahi. “Anti-Nociceptive and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Some Jordanian Medicinal Plant Extracts.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 60, no. 2, 1998, pp. 117–124., doi:10.1016/s0378-8741(97)00137-2.
6. Cheng, Diana M., et al. “In Vivo and in Vitro Antidiabetic Effects of Aqueous Cinnamon Extract and Cinnamon Polyphenol-Enhanced Food Matrix.” Food Chemistry, vol. 135, no. 4, 2012, pp. 2994–3002., doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.06.117.
7. Wang, Jeff G., et al. “The Effect of Cinnamon Extract on Insulin Resistance Parameters in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Pilot Study.” Fertility and Sterility, vol. 88, no. 1, 2007, pp. 240–243., doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2006.11.082.
8. Premanathan, M., et al. “A Survey of Some Indian Medicinal Plants for Anti-Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Activity.” Indian Journal of Medical Research, vol. 112, Sept. 2000, pp. 73–77.
9. Murcia, M. Antonia, et al. “Antioxidant Evaluation in Dessert Spices Compared with Common Food Additives. Influence of Irradiation Procedure.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 52, no. 7, 2004, pp. 1872–1881., doi:10.1021/jf0303114.
10. Yu, Hyun-Sook, et al. “Involvement of 5-HT1A and GABAA Receptors in the Anxiolytic-like Effects of Cinnamomum Cassia in Mice.” Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, vol. 87, no. 1, 2007, pp. 164–170., doi:10.1016/j.pbb.2007.04.013.