I remember when I was younger drinking warm apple cider out of a make shift straw of cinnamon bark. It was a delicious fall treat that brings back warm, fond memories. Cinnamon essential oil is steam distilled from this bark and has many uses. While you may use a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon in a recipe the essential oil is much more concentrated. In most cases you only need a drop when it comes to flavoring. Sometimes just a dab on a toothpick and a dip in the food or beverage is enough. I like to do this with coffee when I need a sweet treat without the sugar. I also love to add this oil to my diffuser blends to fill the air a delicious aroma. Here are some other great uses for this oil:
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil:
- Naturally repels insects
- Supports healthy metabolic function
- Can be used as a mouth rinse by adding one drop to 2 ounces of water and gargling
- Can be used as an effective cleaning spray by placing 2-3 drops in a spray bottle with water
- Can be used as a warming massage oil for cold and achy joints when diluted with coconut oil
- Can be taken internal (pure therapeutic grade only) in a gel cap to maintain a healthy immune system
- Can be used to soothe your throat when 1 drop is added to hot water or tea.
This oil smells amazing but should not be inhaled directly from a diffuser or out of the bottle since it may irritate nasal membranes. I do not use this one topically on a regular basis but when I do I always dilute in a 1 drop to 5 carrier oil drops ratio since it is a warming oil.
Cinnamon oil is a definite one to have on hand in the fall and winter months for a burst of holiday spirit! How do YOU use your cinnamon essential oil?