Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Cinnamon Bark essential oil is revered for its antiseptic properties and its pleasant spicy scent. It is best known for the treatment of stomach ailments (gas, diarrhea, upset stomach). This oil has the ability to combat viral and infectious diseases. Research has been unable to find a virus, bacteria, or fungus that can live in the presence of Cinnamon.
In the book, Cinnamon and cassia, by P. N. Ravindran, K. Nirmal Babu, M. Shylaja they state:
The different investigations reveal that cinnamon shows both immune system potentiating and inhibiting effects. . . Kaishi-ni-eppi-ichi tu, , (TJS-664) a Chinese herbal preparation containing Cinnamon as its main constituent, has been shown to exhibit antiviral action against the influenza A2 virus.
Cinnamon’s botanical name is, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, and comes from trees native to China and South East Asia. The use of Cinnamon is recorded in Chinese journals as early as 2700 B.C. The oil is reddish brown and has a warm and spicy aroma. It is also used for lifting of spirits and reducing glucose. Cinnamon is used extensively in cooking and flavoring of beverages.
The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has reported Cinnamon Oil is an excellent mosquito repellent, because of its high concentration of cinnamaldehyde, an active mosquito killing agent.
It also makes a great room freshener because of its strong aroma. Cinnamon blends well with Frankincense, Lavender and Onycha (Benzoin).
Because of its high phenol content, it is best diluted (1 drop to 40 or 50 drops of a quality oil, such as extra-virgin olive oil) before apply on the skin. If the mixture is too hot, apply additional diluting oil.