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21 Uses for Cinnamon Essential Oil

Want to learn how to use Cinnamon Essential Oil? Here are 21 cinnamon oil uses. You will be surprised to learn all that you can do with cinnamon bark essential oil.


There are so many oils I love, but cinnamon oil is one of my favorites.

Of course, I love the smell, which is great in a diffuser blend around the holidays.

But the real reason that I love it so much is for all great ways that you can use it.  There are just so many cinnamon essential oil uses – ranging from health to household.

Here are 21 of My Favorite Ways to Use Cinnamon Essential Oil.

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    1. Add  a drop or two of cinnamon essential oil on the feet or add to a foot bath for fungal foot infections such as athlete’s foot.
    2. Mix two drops with a carrier oil and apply to the stomach to calm digestive spasms, indigestion and nausea. (This is one of my favorite cinnamon oil benefits.)
    3. To repel flies, apply diluted cinnamon oil to exposed skin and dab on clothing. (This works on biting flies too!)
    4. Feeling down? Diffuse cinnamon essential oil in your home or office. It is a known antidepressant.
    5. Add a drop to potpourri in your home. Research has found that the scent can help reduce the pain and frequency of headaches, reduce drowsiness and irritability.
    6. Use cinnamon oil to prevent the flu and other illness! In 2008, French researchers showed that in concentrations of 10% or less, cinnamon oil is effective against Staphylococcus, E. coli and several antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Try diffusing it in your home during cold and flu season!
    7. Use as a treatment for head lice. If you know it is going around your kids school, A great preventative treatment is to add 4 drops to 1 ounce vinegar and 1 ounce water. Use as a hair rinse. (Use extreme caution to not get in the eyes. Perform a skin patch test and use extra caution with children.)
    8. Do you have cold feet at night? Add a drop to hot tea just before bed.Photo of cinnamon essential oil in an amber bottle with cinnamon sticks beside it.
    9. Use cinnamon oil to stimulate digestion. An added benefit? it has antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
    10. Having difficulty with concentration and focus? Diffuse a blend of 2 drops cinnamon, 2 drops rosemary and 5 drops lemon. Just smelling cinnamon has been shown to improve brain activity.
    11. Use cinnamon oil to stabilize blood sugar. Studies have shown that a key cinnamon oil benefit is that it can normalize blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics by improving the ability to respond to insulin.
    12. Add to a smoothie or use in cooking.  Cinnamon Essential Oil aids in the metabolic process by increasing the action of enzymes that break down food.
    13. Feeling achy? Add a drop to carrier oil to relax tight muscles, ease painful joints and relieve menstrual cramps.
    14. Avoid the chemical compound triclosan, which is common in antibacterial sanitizers. Instead, make your own with cinnamon oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus and rosemary combined with a carrier oil.
    15. Use it to lower your blood pressure! According to a study in the journal Nutrition, consuming cinnamon daily may help to reduce your blood pressure by up to 5 points.
    16. Exercise too hard? Cinnamon to the rescue. According to research from the International Journal of Preventative Medicine, Women who consumed cinnamon daily experienced a decrease in muscle soreness from exercise.
    17. Use to reduce period pain! Researchers from the Faculty of Nursing at Egypt’s Mansoura University found that massaging the abdomen 10 minutes a day for seven days prior to the start of menstruation helped with painful menses that were accompanied by heavy bleeding. Mix 1.5 parts cinnamon essential oil, 1.5 parts clove oil, 1 part lavender oil and 1 part rose oil. Dilute with sweet almond oil at 5% dilution.
    18. Use it to treat bites and stings! Dilute 1 drop of cinnamon essential oil and one drop of lavender with a carrier oil.
    19. Use it in cooking! Cinnamon Oil is “Generally Recognized as Safe” by the FDA. I like using a toothpick so I can control the amount easily.
    20. Low Libido? Cinnamon bark essential oil is said to be an aphrodisiac. Try diffusing it in your room.
    21. Add it to cleaning products to prevent mold and mildew.

What are your favorite cinnamon oil benefits?

Frequently Asked Questions for Cinnamon Essential Oil

What is Cinnamon Essential Oil Used For?

Cinnamon Essential Oil can stimulate the immune system, alleviate digestive discomfort, stimulate the libido, relieve cold and flu symptoms, decrease inflammation, increase circulation and assist with diabetes symptoms.

What are the Health Benefits of Cinnamon Oil?

Cinnamon Essential Oil is antibacterial, anticoagulant, antidepressant, anti fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti parasitic, antiseptic, antiviral and astringent.

Can Cinnamon Essential Oil Be Ingested?

You may use small amounts of cinnamon essential oil in cooking, but I do not recommend ingesting Cinnamon Essential Oil for therapeutic uses. (Unless under the guidance of a Certified Aromatherapist.)

What Essential Oils Mix Well with Cinnamon Essential Oil?

Cinnamon Essential Oil blends well with: cardamom, carrot seed, lavender, frankincense, grapefruit, jasmine, mandarin, orange, lemon, palo Santo, rosemary, rose Otto, tangerine, tea tree and yang-yang.

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21 Uses for Cinnamon Essential Oil

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