Cinnamon Essential Oil (Cinnamomum verum)


Cinnamon may also be referred to as True cinnamon tree or Ceylon cinnamon tree. It is typically processed in E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, but also widely cultivated throughout the Tropics. using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the leaf or bark.


Cinnamon oil comes from the leaves and bark of the Cinnamomum verum (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) plant. It has a warm, spicy scent. It has calming and antiseptic effects. The bark oil is generally preferred over Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil. However, oil distilled from cinnamon bark tends to be much more costly than that distilled from the leaves.

Aromatically, Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is much richer in aroma than ground cinnamon. Cinnamon Bark Oil tends to be warming, stimulating and energizing. It blends well with many other essential oils especially oils in the wood, spice, citrus and mint families.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Spicy Strong Warm Woody

  • Common Name(s): True cinnamon tree or Ceylon cinnamon tree
  • Botanical Family: Lauraceae
  • Botanical Genus: Cinnamomum
  • Chemical Family: Aldehydes, Phenols
  • Major Compounds: (E)-Cinnamaldehyde, Eugenol, (E)-Cinnamyl Acetate, Linalool, B-Caryophyllene, p-Cymene
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Slightly oily feeling
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
  • Color: Golden Yellow/Brown
  • Countries of Production: E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, but also widely cultivated throughout the Tropics.
  • Indigenous Country: Sri Lanka or Madagascar
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Leaf or Bark
  • Shelf Life: 4 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan
  • Not Pregnancy Safe Not recommended or safe if pregnant or nursing
  • Not Child Safe Not recommend or safe for children

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Cinnamon:

Cinnamon may irritate the skin.

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. This dermal maximum is based on 75.5% cinnamaldehyde content with a dermal limit of 0.05%. 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.

Safety Precautions for Cinnamon:

Do not take any oils internally and do not 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. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, 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. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.


Botanical Description of Cinnamon:

Cinnamomum verum or Cinnamon is a small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka. It is usually 10 to 15 m in height and is a slow-growing plant. The leaves are ovate-oblong in shape, flowers are greenish in color and are arranged in panicles, and the fruit is a purple drupe containing a single seed.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities

Energetics and Chakras Qualites of Cinnamon:

4th Chakra - Unconditional Love Protective Purifying


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