Around 4000 years ago, cinnamon spice was an important trade commodity between India, China and Egypt. Cinnamon (from the Greek word ‘Cinnamon’ meaning ‘tube’ or ‘pipe’ due to the bark) was traditionally and most commonly used for incense in temples. It was also used as an ingredient for love potions and as a sedative for women during childbirth. Since the 9th century, the spice has also become an important ingredient in mulled wine.
The leaves, twigs and/or inner dried bark are steam distilled. Amour Natural uses cinnamon essential oil that is extracted from the leaf as it yields a more pleasing delicate oil.
Cinnamon oil is beneficial due to its calming and warming properties. It’s festive, spicy aroma works will in candles, diffusers, oil burners, incense and air sprays.
When used on the skin, cinnamon may clear warts, take the sting out of bites and act as an astringent. However, cinnamon essential oil can be irritating to skin so use with caution and always dilute thoroughly.