Cinnamon oil is derived from the bark and leaves of the cinnamon plant, known botanically as cinnamonum zevlanicum. The tree produces both cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon leaf oil. While each has distinctive benefits, cinnamon is known to be high in antioxidants with antibacterial properties. The health benefits of cinnamon oil range from stimulating the digestive and lymphatic systems to regulating menstruation.
It should be noted that both varieties of cinnamon oil are highly potent and toxic. Cinnamon oil may cause irritation to the skin and mucous membranes, and in severe circumstances, an overdose can depress the central nervous system. It should be used only in diluted form, most commonly in a diffuser, and should never be consumed internally. Cinnamon can help to induce and regulate menstruation, so it should never be used during pregnancy. Consult a qualified medical professional before using cinnamon oil.
A known stimulant, the health benefits of cinnamon oil primarily involve enhanced functioning of the body's systems. Stimulation of the circulatory system can result in positive effects on blood pressure and may increase sexual function. Diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, and flatulence may be minimized by invigoration of the digestive system. Stimulation of the lymphatic system may result in soothed pain from rheumatism and menstrual cramps.
Cinnamon leaf oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the cinnamon plant and includes the chemical component eugenol. It is considered less toxic than cinnamon bark oil, and has numerous uses. The health benefits of cinnamon leaf oil may include the relief of cystitis, digestive issues, and poor circulation. It may have a positive effect in reducing depression and easing stress, and it has been shown help to induce menstruation and may reduce the pain of cramps. Research has proven cinnamon leaf oil is very effective in killing mosquito larvae, making it a powerful mosquito repellent.
Cinnamon bark oil is distilled from the dried inner bark of the tree and contains a chemical component called cinnameldehyde. A natural pain reliever, it is extremely powerful as an antifungal and also has anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties. It is widely known in aromatherapy for effectively fighting pathogenic bacteria, along with candida and apergillus. Research also shows it may have a positive effect on glucose metabolism, and may fight fungi in the respiratory tract. Cinnamon bark oil may cause extreme skin irritation, however, and should be diffused or inhaled for maximum health benefits.