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Health Benefits of Cinnamon Oil, Uses And Its Side Effects

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2020

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Cinnamon essential oil is filled with a variety of nutrients, which is why it has so many different health benefits to offer. It can be used in a diffuser for aromatherapy or added directly to the food or your skin, depending on the ailment.

Cinnamon essential oil is known for providing pain relief and can help patients who suffer from arthritis. It can prevent bacterial infections by ridding the air around you of the bacteria present in it. It helps with depression by lifting up the spirits. It can help with diabetes and even lead to the better functioning of the digestive system and the kidneys.

Cinnamon essential oil is especially beneficial for women. A few drops of it used in the bath water can help prevent painful and uncomfortable urinary tract infections. It can help regularize your menstrual cycle and can also lead to relief from painful menstrual cramps.

It also boosts the immune system, which helps prevent the occurrence of minor and major infections and diseases, and also helps with reducing the recovery time the body needs.

Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon is one of the most widely used spices in the world, with various applications in cooking and medicine. This spice also has other names such as dal chini, cannella, and kayumanis.

Cinnamon essential oil is far more potent than the spice itself, which is why it makes more sense use this instead of the spice. There are two main types of cinnamon oil that are commonly used: cinnamon leaf oil and cinnamon bark oil. Both bring a ton of health benefits to the table and vary only in where they are extracted from the plant (the bark or leaf) and in color (cinnamon leaf oil has a lighter shade).

You can find different brands of cinnamon oil at your local grocery store or supermarket. Since cinnamon is one of the old spices to be used and is fairly popular all over the world, the oil should not be very difficult to procure.

Nutritional Value of Cinnamon Oil

To understand the nutritional value of cinnamon essential oil, one must take a look at the nutritional value of cinnamon. In 100g of cinnamon, you will find 12g of fat, out of which there is 0.3g of saturated fat, 0.1g of polyunsaturated fat, and 0.2g of monounsaturated fat. It does not have any trans fat in it or any cholesterol. It has 10mg of Sodium and 431 mg of Potassium in it.

The total carbohydrate content of a 100g of cinnamon oil is 81g with 53g dietary fiber and 2.2g of sugar. It also has 4g of protein out of which there is 5% of the total recommended daily dosage of Vitamin A, 100% of calcium, 6% of vitamin C, 46% of iron, 10% of Vitamin B-6, and 15% of magnesium. It does not have any vitamin D or vitamin B-12 in it.

Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams

431 mg
Total Carbohydrate

Vitamins and Minerals

5 %
Vitamin A
6 %
Vitamin C
46 %
10 %
Vitamin B-6
15 %

Health Benefits of Cinnamon Oil

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After checking out the nutritional benefits of cinnamon oil, mentioned below are the best health benefits of using cinnamon oil. You can easily find this oil in your local markets of different brands.

Cinnamon oil for tooth, knee & nerve pain relief

Cinnamon essential oil is used as a natural pain reliever. It is known to help with chronic pain, joint stiffness, muscle pain, and aches. It can be applied by mixing it with a carrier oil (like olive oil) directly onto the area that hurts.

Cinnamon oil also be used to get rid of the random body aches that occur when one works for long hours, as well as muscle knot pain and pain in the lower back

Cinnamon oil kills bacteria and germs in air

A huge health benefit of cinnamon essential oil comes from using it as a form of aromatherapy through a diffuser. It can be used with other essentials oils that are known for their antibacterial properties such as eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil, tea tree oil, and even lemon oil in order to get rid of any bacteria in the air around you. It takes about 10 minutes to effectively kill off all the bacteria and mosquitoes, thus preventing you from falling sick easily.

Cinnamon essential oil for arthritis symptoms

Cinnamon essential oil has anti-rheumatic properties and can be mixed with other anti-rheumatic oils in order to provide relief from arthritis. By using it with a base oil like mustard oil, one can have quick relief from the pain that is caused in the joints by arthritis. A massage once a day with these oils is the best way to go about it.

Cinnamon oil for depressive and anxiety disorders

Cinnamon essential oil is known for helping people with depression. When inhaled from the vial for about a minute, it can help soothe the mind and help you battle negative feelings and thoughts. The smell of cinnamon essential oil is quite pleasant so inhaling it for a minute will not seem odd.

Use cinnamon bark essential oil for diabetes

Did you know that just a single drop of cinnamon essential oil can help with diabetes? By adding a drop to your food or salad, you can benefit from all the nutritional value of cinnamon. It helps to lower the glucose in the blood and also soothes the pancreas. This is because of the cinnamaldehyde that’s present in the oil, which acts on the glucose and lowers it.

Cinnamon oil can also be used during diabetic neuropathy by massaging it on your legs. It reduces both, the pain and the tingling feeling that comes from diabetic neuropathy.

Camphor oil protects the kidneys

Cinnamon essential oil is known to stimulate alloxan, which helps with preventing kidney damage. It can also help by protecting your kidneys from damage caused by random toxins in the environment, thereby reducing its workload on the whole. This helps with increasing kidney function.

Cinnamon oil improves digestive health

By diluting cinnamon essential oil with a base oil such as oilive oil, you can help reduce the gas in the digestive tract. This can be done by massaging it for at least five minutes on the abdomen.

Cinnamon oil also helps with providing relief from bloating and distention. Furthermore, it can also help with inflammation in the colon as well as the small intestine, and other conditions such as colitis and diverticulitis.

It prevents urinary tract infections

A warm water bath with cinnamon essential oil in the water can help prevent urinary tract infections in women. It also provides relief from the UTIs and helps with other infections in the area. 10-15 drops of the oil are sufficient for this purpose.

Cinnamon essential oil for menstrual cramps

Cinnamon essential oil is part of the group of substances that are emmenagogue. This means that it helps stimulate regular menstruation in women with irregular cycles. It also helps by providing much needed relief from the pain of cramps. Thus, they can be extremely helpful for women.

Boosts your immune system with cinnamon oil

Cinnamon essential oil is known for boosting the immune system. It helps make the immune system more capable of dealing with both, minor and major infections and diseases. It can also help by preventing the types of auto immune diseases that are caused by the immune system itself, such as lupus.

Cinnamon oil for inflammation & fungal infections

When cinnamon essential oil is used in aromatherapy, it offers a range of other health benefits as well. It reduces any inflammation in the nasal passage, making it easier to breath.

Cinnamon oil boosts the immune system, it can help the body recover much faster from issues like the common cold and flu. It also has a warming effect that is very good for the body.

Uses of Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon essential oil has a host of different uses. Apart from being used for its medicinal purposes, this oil is also used in the food and beverages industry to flavor food and drinks. It can be used to kill the larvae of mosquitoes, which can ultimately help prevent mosquito borne diseases such as dengue and malaria.

Cinnamon oil used to create perfumes and scents. It can also be used in order to kill the kinds of fungus that cause mold in the home and on different food items. Cinnamon is also popularly used in aromatherapy. It blends extremely well with various essential oils such as nutmeg, clove, ylangylang, and eucalyptus.

Cinnamon oil also be used with peppermint essential oil for a cooling effect, making it ideal for hot summer months. It can also be used as a fixative, which means that it helps in prolonging the smells of the other oils its used with such as rose, lemon, lime, orange, and lavender essential oils.


Side-Effects & Allergies of Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon leaf oil is very safe. It can be used without anticipating and problems with your health. Cinnamon bark oil, on the other hand, is known for being toxic and somewhat sensitizing, which is why it should be used with caution.

The best way to use these cinnamon oil is to first dilute them with a base or carrier oil. If you are prone to allergies, you should consult with your doctor before using this oil in any way. A patch test can help you determine whether or not it is safe for you.

Cultivation of Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon is one of the most common spices in the world. It is also one of the oldest spices in the world.

Cinnamon originates from India and Sri Lanka, though it is now cultivated throughout the world. Over 100 different species of cinnamon are grown across different countries however, the most commonly used types are the Ceylon Cinnamon and the Chinese cinnamon.


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    Written ByDrx Hina FirdousPhD (Pharmacology) Pursuing, M.Pharma (Pharmacology), B.Pharma - Certificate in Nutrition and Child CarePharmacology
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    Reviewed ByDt. Ms. Shilpa MarwahB.Sc (Home Science), Post Graduation Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health NutritionDietitian/Nutritionist

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