Spotlight Oil: Cinnamon Bark
Cinnamon Bark dates back to 2800 BC where it can be found in ancient Chinese writings. The Chinese only used Cinnamon Bark oil as their medicine. It was considered as one of the worlds most important spices and was rare and highly sought after. In fact, it is said that the quest for cinnamon was a major factor leading to exploration of the world in the 15th century!
Columbus set his sights to the West looking to find his own collection of cinnamon. Back then, cinnamon’s primary use was to mask the smell and taste of spoiled meats. Cinnamon was perfect for the job as it also has phenols which inhibit the growth of the bacteria which causes meat to spoil. The history of cinnamon goes further than its medicinal and culinary uses. It was also about control and profit. Because cinnamon was so highly sought after and for many years produced in only one place, anyone who controlled its flow would profit immensely. Portuguese traders made their way to Ceylon (around the southern tip of Africa) in the 15th century.
Today, cinnamon is one of the most common of all spices. My favorite thing about Cinnamon Bark is that anyone has yet to find a virus, bacteria, or fungus that can survive for any length of time in its presence. How amazing is that??
Uses for Cinnamon Bark:
- Helps with feelings of exhaustion
- Support for respiratory and immune systems
- Can be beneficial for heavy menstruation, cramps and yeast infections
- Add 5 drops of Cinnamon Bark and Christmas Spirit EO to a spray bottle and fill the rest with water. Spray when your rooms needs to be refreshed.
- Add Cinnamon Bark Vitality to a gel capsule topped with olive oil and take when you want to support your immune system.
- Cinnamon Bark is also really good for the digestive system. If your stomach is giving you some trouble put a drop of Cinnamon Bark EO and some Peppermint EO along with a carrier oil to your stomach.
How to use:
- Topically: Dilute with V-6 oil or a carrier oil of your choice. Test on small area of skin on the underside of arm and apply to desired area as needed. Cinnamon Bark is considered to be a “HOT” oil. If your skin ever feels uncomfortable while you are using this oil; add more carrier oil to your application site.
- Aromatically: This scent is warm and spicy and is a great choice for making the air smell like Fall. Use some of our scent companions from the “blends well with” section below.
- Ingesting: What are baked goods without cinnamon? (Guys, I have a best friend who hates cinnamon, seriously how can you not like cinnamon???) Use Cinnamon Bark Vitality to add a pop of flavor in your favorite coffee cake. You can also choice to use this as part of your daily wellness routine to support healthy immune function.
Blends well with:
All citrus oils, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Rosemary, and Thieves.
Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. Always use your best judgement when using essential oils.
DIY To Try:
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
- 1 Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 cups milk
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 drop Clove Essential Oil
- 1 drop Ginger Essential Oil
- 1 drop Nutmeg Essential Oil
- 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- Add your ingredients into a pourable container. Stir to combine all of the ingredients.
- To use: Add as much or as little to coffee as desired.
- Store leftover creamer in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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