Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Leaves or Bark
Slightly oily feeling
Strength of Initial Aroma
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil smells peppery, earthy, spicy, bright yet slightly woodsy.
Possible Substitute Oils
Blends Well With
Black pepper, carrot seed, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, geranium, juniper, lavender, pine, melaleuca (tea tree), nutmeg, orange, patchouli, rosemary, Spanish sage, turmeric, vetiver
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil Uses
Aids brain function, supports balanced blood-sugar levels, purifies the blood, aids circulation, analgesic, pain relief, antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, aids digestion, relieves PMS and cramps, reduces bruises, helps remove warts, enhances metabolism, relieves sore throat, helps with morale and courage, grounding, uplifting, colds, flu, exhaustion, lice, scabies, stress, rheumatism
Source: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 74-75.
Bark Oil Major Constituents
- (E)-Cinnamyl Acetate
See Essential Oil Safety for a more complete list of typical constituents.
Source: B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 201. F. Tateo, F. Chizzini, The Composition and Quality of Supercritical CO2 Extracted Cinnamon. (Journal of Essential Oil Research 1, 1989), 165-168. K.H. Kubeczka, Essential Oils Analysis by Capillary Gas Chromatography and Carbon-13 NMR Spectoroscopy, Second Edition. (Chichester: Wiley, 2002). Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 248-249.
Recommended Dilution Range
1.5%-20% – Cinnamon leaf & bark should be used with caution.
Cinnamon Essential Oil Safety Information
Tisserand and Young indicate that both the bark and the leaf oil are low risk for mucous membrane irritation, may inhibit blood clotting and pose a drug interaction hazard. Cinnamon Bark Oil may cause embryotoxicity and is contraindicated in pregnancy and breastfeeding. There is a high risk of skin sensitization with the bark oil, and Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.07% for the bark oil. For the leaf oil, Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.6%. Reading Tisserand and Young’s full profile for both the bark and leaf oils is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 248-250.]
This essential oil poses a higher risk of causing irritation and sensitization when used in the bath. Avoid using it in the bath, even if it is solubilized/diluted.
General Safety Information
Do not take essential oils internally nor apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Read, Birkat Natural’s, Guide to Diluting Essential Oils, for general dilution information. If you are currently experiencing pregnancy, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, have any other medical problem, or are otherwise under the care of a physician, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Carefully read Birkat Natural’s Essential Oil Safety Information page, before using any essential oil. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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