Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
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Do you love the spicy comforting smell of Cinnamon? Well Cinnamon Bark Essential oil is not only for cooking, it also has many great health benefits.

History and Sourcing

Regarded as a gift for monarchs and even gods because it was so highly prized among ancient nations, cinnamon is considered one of the longest-existing spices in history. Since then, cinnamon has become a common and important spice around the world. Especially with culinary uses such as adding spice to desserts, entrees, and hot drinks. .

Derived from a tropical evergreen tree that grows up to 45 feet high Cinnamon has highly fragrant bark, leaves, and flowers. In addition, it supports healthy metabolic function and helps to maintain a healthy immune system.

For use on skin (Due to its high content of cinnamaldehyde), dilute it with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil, and for internal benefits simply one to two drops are needed.

Uses and Benefits of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

  • Put 2 drops in empty veggie capsule to maintain a healthy immune system.
  • Place 1 drop of Cinnamon essential oil in hot water or tea and then drink it slowly to soothe your irritated throat.
  • Put 2–3 drops in a spray bottle with water for a quick effective cleaning spray.
  • You can add one drop to two ounces of water and gargle for an effective mouth rinse.
  • You can also dilute it with Fractionated Coconut Oil which creates a warming massage for cold, achy joints.
  • Supports healthy metabolic function
  • Maintains a healthy immune system
  • Naturally repels insects
  • Long used to flavor food and for its internal health benefits

doTERRA Cinnamon Bark Oil Study

Besides a long history of culinary uses, Cinnamon Bark essential oil has been well-known for its strong cleansing ability, as well as its immune and metabolism supporting properties. Containing high amounts of the monoterpene aldehyde cinnamaldehyde, Cinnamon Bark essential oil is becoming increasingly popular in skin care products, yet there is little scientific research into its biological activities in human skin cells. 

In April 2017,  doTERRA scientists published a research paper on Cinnamon Bark essential oil in Phytotherapy Research, a well-established peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of medicinal chemistry. The scientists studied the biological activities of Cinnamon Bark essential oil in a human skin model. Cinnamon Bark essential oil was able to influence important proteins that are closely related to proper inflammatory and immune responses and tissue remodeling. The study also found that Cinnamon Bark essential oil impacted global gene expression in human skin cells. These findings provide evidence of the efficacy of Cinnamon Bark in topical application models.


doTERRA continues to push forward the science of essential oils by publishing the first study examining the biological activity of Cinnamon Bark essential oil in a human skin model.

Which Cinnamon Essential Oil Is Best?

There are approximately 250 varieties of cinnamon trees that grow around the world, but true cinnamon, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, is considered the finest of these. doTERRA Cinnamon Bark essential oil is distilled from true cinnamon trees grown and harvested in Madagascar, where growing conditions contribute to an essential oil with a higher concentration of cinnamaldehyde.

Cinnamaldehyde supports the health of the gastrointestinal tract and gives Cinnamon its strong cleansing properties.

What Is Cinnamaldehyde?

Cinnamaldehyde is a chemical constituent that adds a rich, spicy aroma and flavor to essential oils like Cinnamon Bark and Cassia. Cinnamaldehyde is an aldehyde. To form an aldehyde you need an oxygen atom double bonded to a carbon atom which then connects to the backbone of the molecule and another hydrogen. In the case of cinnamaldehyde, you also have a benzene ring—a hexagon shape formed by six carbon atoms.

Benefits of Cinnamaldehyde

While there is more to be learned, emerging research has found that cinnamaldehyde has a lot to offer.

Internal Use Benefits:

  • Internal use of essential oils with cinnamaldehyde may support a healthy stomach through its cleansing and soothing properties.
  • Using essential oils with cinnamaldehyde internally may support cardiovascular and circulatory system function.
  • Using essential oils with cinnamaldehyde internally may support cardiovascular and circulatory system function.

Topical Use Benefits:

(When applying Cinnamon Bark and Cassia essential oils topically, make sure to dilute using Fractionated Coconut Oil or another carrier oil.)

  • Cinnamaldehyde in essential oils may have strong surface cleansing abilities.
  • Cinnamaldehyde in essential oils may help reduce the appearance of aging.

Using Cinnamaldehyde

With all of the potential benefits of cinnamaldehyde, you may wonder how best to add this constituent into your routine. You may want to give some of the uses below a try.

  • Add Cinnamon Bark or Cassia essential oil when baking cookies, muffins, or bread.
  • Try adding a few drops of Cinnamon Bark essential oil to apple juice, hot cocoa, or tea.
  • Add a few drops of Cinnamon Bark essential oil to a DIY cleaning spray.

The Potential of Cinnamaldehyde

Cassia and Cinnamon Bark oil are rich sources of cinnamaldehyde. In addition to having a spicy, warming aroma, cinnamaldehyde has vast potential for use in your routine. To decrease sensitivity, be sure to dilute Cassia and Cinnamon Bark oil in a carrier oil before applying them to the skin. How will you benefit from cinnamaldehyde today?

Ways to Use Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

  1. Go to bed with a fresh feeling in your mouth by using this Cinnamon Bark essential oil mouth wash. This quick rinse is simple and can be easily adapted to your nightly routine. For this effective evening mouth wash, just add one drop of Cinnamon Bark to two ounces of water and gargle. Due to Cinnamon Bark oil’s natural cleansing properties, this rinse will leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean.
  2. Don’t let cold, achy joints get the best of you. During the winter months, dilute Cinnamon Bark essential oil with Fractionated Coconut Oil and use during a massage to warm those sore and tender areas. Cinnamon Bark essential oil contains powerful properties that can help create a warming sensation while also emitting its sweet and spicy aroma.
  3. Cinnamon Bark essential oil contains a spicy and sweet flavor that is desirable in many food dishes. Because its properties are so similar to ground cinnamon, Cinnamon Bark essential oil makes a quick and easy replacement for this powdered spice. In your next recipe including ground cinnamon, switch out ground cinnamon for Cinnamon Bark essential oil for a delightfully spicy flavor.
  4. Cinnamon Bark essential oil can be taken internally to provide powerful benefits for the body. To obtain these internal benefits, put two drops in an empty Veggie Capsule to maintain a healthy immune system. Using Cinnamon Bark internally can also support healthy metabolic function.*
  5. Yams—they are either loved or hated. Turn a yam hater into a yam lover with Sweet Potato Casserole made with Cinnamon essential oil. Its sweet and creamy and provides an array of nutrients from its organic ingredients. Topped with pecans and spiced with Cinnamon Bark essential oil, this amazing dish will not be ignored at the dinner table.
  6. Every year, new studies are published on plants and their natural chemical components that help determine their beneficial properties. Due to technology and research advancements, researchers are able to find new information about plants and their benefits and uses. One of these new studies have shown that the organic chemicals found in Cinnamon Bark essential oil may promote healthy circulatory function.
  7. Imagine waking up in the morning, your stomach hungry for a good breakfast. Your taste buds tell you they want something sweet, but you are also craving something healthy. Make a healthy breakfast bread, made to your diet needs, and add a few drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil to the mix! I never make Banana Bread or Almond Flour banana muffins without adding a few drops of cinnamon bark oil and wild orange oil to the batter.
  8. Instead of unhealthy potato chips, make something crispy and sweet with Cinnamon Apple Chips made with Cinnamon bark oil. This recipe contains three simple ingredients including apples, a tablespoon of a sweetener of your choice, and Cinnamon oil. Mix all these ingredients for a sweet and healthy treat! Bursting with flavor, these apple chips are tasty and guilt-free. Eat them during a movie, bring them to a party, or pack them in your children’s lunchbox for a healthy alternative to processed foods. It doesn’t take long for this recipe to make it to “favorite” status.
  9. Looking for a natural and effective cleaner? Your search ends here. Place two to three drops of Cinnamon Bark essential oil into a spray bottle with water and you have your very own quick and effective cleaning spray. The natural cleansing properties of Cinnamon Bark oil can be used on a variety of different surfaces, making this spray a great item to have on hand. Cinnamon Bark essential oil spray can also be used as a safe alternative to other surface sprays that may contain harmful and toxic chemicals.
  10. Harness the delicious flavors of pumpkin pie in a mini version that everyone will love. Never forget to use your Cinnamon Bark Oil in many of your seasonal dessert and bread dishes. I regularly replace the ground cinnamon in a recipe with a drop or two of Cinnamon Bark essential oil.

doTERRA Essential Oils

I recommend only one brand of essential oils. Please do not use these tips if you are going to go out and buy the cheapest brands that you can find. When it comes to essential oils, you get what you pay for, and there’s hardly any regulation on the essential oil market so you have to do your due diligence when purchasing oils. After research, I fell on doTERRA and DoTERRA holds themself to the highest purity and safety standards on the market -plus they hold themselves to fair trade and sustainability practices.

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