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Cinnamon oil - applications and effects

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The cinnamon bark is turned into steam Cinnamon oil distilled. About five grams of cinnamon oil can be made from one kilogram of bark. This is yellowish transparent and turns pale red over time. It smells of cinnamon, tastes sweet and spicy. It can be easily mixed with alcohol. The main active ingredient in cinnamon oil is cinnamon aldehyde. The oil from the leaves of the cinnamon tree, however, contains mainly Eugneol.


  • Cinnamon oil refers to both the oil from the cinnamon bark and from the cinnamon leaves. Cinnamon cassia oil, on the other hand, is obtained from the cinnamon cassia.
  • The main ingredients are cinnamaldehyde and eugenol.
  • Cinnamon oil is suitable as a fragrance oil, spice and cleaning agent.
  • It is very allergenic.
  • Cinnamon oil works against bacteria, viruses and fungi and is effective against infections and cramps.
  • It is a traditional pain reliever, especially for menstrual pain and rheumatoid complaints.

Cinnamon or cinnamon cassia?

Often confused with the oil of the real cinnamon tree, however, cinnamon cassia oil is obtained by distilling the bark of the cinnamon cassia. It smells like cinnamon, is more brownish than real cinnamon oil, but less spicy. It also contains more coumarin and is therefore less harmful to health. It also combines well with alcohol and its main ingredient is also cinnamaldehyde.

Allergic problems

Cinnamon aldehyde is highly allergenic, so cinnamon oils often trigger allergies. Even non-allergy sufferers should never apply it straight to the skin, but always in a mixture with a carrier oil. The Information Network of Dermatological Clinics (IVDK) also classifies cinnamon oil as a fragrance with a high allergy potential.

How does cinnamon oil work?

Cinnamon oil cleans the blood, relieves cramps, invigorates, warms, relaxes and soothes the blood in wounds.

How can cinnamon oil be used?

Cinnamon oil makes you warm inside because it stimulates blood flow. For example, you can dissolve a drop of the oil in hot tea or cocoa. In a fragrance lamp, it is suitable for cleaning the room air. Cinnamon oil has a strong effect against bacteria. A few drops of the oil on a damp washcloth are suitable to spread a pleasant fragrance and at the same time kill bacteria.

What ingredients does cinnamon oil contain?

In addition to cinnamaldehyde, it contains cinnamon oil

  • Cineol,
  • Cinnan aldehyde,
  • Cymen,
  • Eugenol,
  • Fufurol,
  • Linalool,
  • Phellandren
  • and pinene.


The effect of cinnamon oil as a microbicide is mainly due to eugenol. In addition to cinnamon oil, this is also present in clove oil, as well as in allspice and in small quantities also in black pepper, laurel and basil. The highest proportion is in the clove oil, which also explains why this is important in dentistry. Eugenol relieves pain and inhibits inflammation. It has a spicy taste that is typical of oriental dishes and is the basis for artificially produced vanillin. Eugenol works against bacteria and fungi, but also against other pests such as worms, mites and ticks.


Cinnamaldehyde can be mixed in any ratio with ethanol and diethyl ether. It irritates the skin and eyes. Be careful with cinnamon oil in children! When exposed to the air, cinnamaldehyde oxidises to cinnamic acid in the long term. Aluminum isopropylate in isopropanol turns cinnamaldehyde into cinnamon alcohol.

The scent of cinnamon oil

We use cinnamon oil not only because of its healing properties, but also because of the fragrance that perfume experts describe as sweet, warm and sensual. Many people use cinnamon oil to dispel gloomy moods. Two drops of cinnamon oil and four drops of orange oil in a fragrance lamp should suffice. Cinnamon has a reputation among artists for increasing creativity. Cinnamon oil is said to help against lack of concentration, motivate and even alleviate mild depression. In fragrance lamps, it not only dispels the bad mood, it is also suitable for keeping insects away and is even effective against mosquitoes. The scent of cinnamon oil goes well with

  • Lime,
  • Grapefruit,
  • Orange,
  • Tangerine,
  • Ginger,
  • Patchouli,
  • daffodil
  • and jasmine.

Healing effects

The healing properties of cinnamon oil are not superstitions, because the effects of cinnamon bark oil have been scientifically proven. It has an antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-infectious effect. When used in fragrance lamps, it not only improves the scent of the room, but also fights viruses and bacteria in the air, thus preventing respiratory infections. Cinnamon oil has a contracting effect. It helps against inflammation of the urinary tract. Cinnamon also has an antiseptic effect.

Against bowel diseases

Cinnamon oil helps against flatulence and works against intestinal parasites. Ingested with food, it supports digestion and can help with stomach upset and abdominal pain. It can be helpful for intestinal inflammation, for detoxifying the intestine, for an intestinal catarrh, for general intestinal diseases or for colon and small intestine inflammation.

Pain reliever and expectorant

Cinnamon oil helps against menstrual pain and generally acts as a pain reliever. That is why it is also found in medicines for rheumatoid arthritis. Cinnamon oil dissolves phlegm in the throat and airways.

Against mushrooms

As an antifungal agent, cinnamon oil can not only be used against fungal infections on the skin, but also to clean the home of mold.

Against bleeding and wound infections

Cinnamon bark oil stops bleeding. Dissolved in a tooth rinse, it helps against bleeding gums. Cinnamon balm is good for bleeding cuts when shaving. It not only stops bleeding but also prevents wound infection.

Cinnamon oil for diabetes

Cinnamon oil actually has a hypoglycemic effect, but it is difficult to control. Since people with diabetes have medication that is tailored to their type of diabetes, additional self-medication with cinnamon oil is not recommended.

How can cinnamon oil be used?

Cinnamon oil has many uses, so it can be used as part of a balm or cream, for example, to rub it on the skin. It can also be used as a bath additive or perfume. Other uses of cinnamon oil are:

  • Fragrance oil
    Cinnamon has a "warm" fragrance; when used in the fragrance lamp, it also kills viruses and bacteria in the air and relieves coughing cramps. A good fragrance mixture to clean the airways consists of cinnamon bark oil, clove oil and thyme oil.
  • Massage oil
    Cinnamon leaf oil promotes blood circulation, but it needs to be dosed low by mixing it with olive oil, for example. The skin gets a pink shimmer due to the increased blood circulation.
  • Mouthwash
    For a mouthwash against gingivitis, cinnamon leaf oil is excellent as an antiseptic, which also has an astringent effect. To do this, add one to two drops of cinnamon leaf oil to a cup of warm water, one to two drops of clove oil and rinse your mouth with the mixture several times a day.
  • insecticide
    Cinnamon oil is an effective insecticide. Cinnamaldehyde in particular, but also at least three other active ingredients kill insect larvae at a very low concentration. The effect on mosquito larvae has been scientifically investigated. The effect on adult mosquitoes has not been scientifically proven, but is currently being investigated. Cinnamon oil has long been used as a home remedy for mosquitoes, in fragrance lamps or as a balm. It is also found in dust mite remedies.

A tip for the summer: Rub the thighs with a mixture containing cinnamon bark oil. The eugenol it contains keeps ticks away.

Side effects

Cinnamon oil should be used with care. As already mentioned, cinnamon oil can cause allergies and should therefore never be applied straight to the skin. If it is taken orally in diluted form, caution is also necessary, because even a slight overdose can lead to a rapid heartbeat and indigestion. Cinnamon oil is not recommended during pregnancy as it can lead to miscarriages. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Dr. phil. Utz Anhalt, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch


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