Cinnamon has an exotic reputation as one of the world’s most coveted spices. It was the center of the spice wars in early Europe, when Arabia was the only distributor. Intent on keeping their monopoly, the Arabs hid the origin of the spice and created eccentric harvesting tales. Herodotus (484BC-425BC) believed that cinnamon could only be collected from the clay nests of large birds hidden in rocky cavities. The Arabs told him that to retrieve the cinnamon, they left dead oxen near the nests to entice the birds out. They would then seek out the nests and retrieve the cinnamon. Of course, cinnamon did not grow in Arabia at all, but is native to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). In 1505 the Portuguese explorer Lourenço de Almeida stumbled onto Ceylon and created a direct route to its supply.
While essential oil can be extracted from both bark and leaf, cinnamon bark oil has the more potent and intense scent and is preferred in commercial perfumes for that reason. The Greek physician Dioscurides is thought to have used extracts of the bark in treatments for the kidneys, urinary tract, and for coughs, congestion, and edema. Ayurvedic medicine applies the oil for stiff joints, toothaches, sore gums, and congestion.
Cinnamon bark oil has been known to elevate vitality, increase motivation, spark creativity, and energize the spirit. Its chemical composition makes it the most effective cinnamon product for antimicrobial and antibacterial uses. It is recommended as a vegetable wash that may help kill strains of E.coli, Salmonella, and other food-borne bacteria, as well as a foot wash for fungal infections. It can be used as an air freshener, both for scent and airborne bacteria elimination. It has even been evaluated as a supplement for diabetes treatments.
Organic cinnamon bark essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is a vital addition to your aromatherapy kit. You will absolutely love the deep rich scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Cinnamon Bark
- Botanical Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum
- Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Bark
Do not apply undiluted to the skin. If pregnant, breast feeding or under the care of a physician consult your doctor. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
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