Getting Down to Essentials: Cinnamon Essential Oil

Who doesn’t love the sweet-spicy, warm, musky aroma of cinnamon essential oil?  It can warm the spirits even on a cold winter’s day.   Cinnamon essential oil comes from steam distillation of the bark of the cinnamon tree, a member of the laurel family, primarily grown in Sri Lanka. Several researchers have found that sniffing cinnamon essential oil improves the brain’s cognitive abilities and helps increase concentration levels. [1]

In addition to improving mood and focus; cinnamon essential oil also has many benefits for skin:

Antiseptic: Many studies have determined the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of cinnamon. A study conducted in 1978 found that o-Methoxycinnamaldehyde, which was isolated and purified from powdered cinnamon, inhibits the growth and toxin production of mycotoxin-producing fungi.[2] Furthermore, comparative analysis of the bacteriostatic and bactericidal activity of 13 essential oils showed that the true cinnamon bark oil had the highest anti-microbial activity.[3]

Relieves pain: Cinnamon essential oil is anti-inflammatory owing to key antioxidant compounds like cinnamic acid. It helps in removing stiffness of the muscles and joints. It is also recommended for arthritis.[4]

Treats infections: Owing to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties, it is effective for treating external as well as internal infections.[5]

Speeds healing: It acts as a coagulant and helps stop excess bleeding to facilitate the healing process. [6]

Treats acne: Cinnamon essential oil’s anti-inflammatory properties may inflammatory acne symptoms like cysts, nodules, and pustules.[7]

Enhance massage with cinnamon

Because of its benefits for health and mood, cinnamon essential oil makes a perfect complement to a massage.  While it is helping to alleviate feeling of anxiety, depression, or exhaustion, cinnamon essential also is helping to strengthen the body’s immune system.  And, with its pain-relieving properties applied topically as an ingredient in a massage treatment, it can help ease muscle and joint aches pains and stiffness.

To help your clients enjoy the benefits of cinnamon essential oil, BIOTONE provides the following offerings:

Purify Essential Oil Blend: 100% Pure. Blend of Cedarwood, Pine and Cinnamon essential oils. Clearing and balancing.

Vitality Essential Oil: 100% Pure. Blend of Rosewood, Orange, Cinnamon, and Lavender essential oils. Refreshing and strengthening.

Focus Balancing Blend: Blend of Orange, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Patchouli.
Center and concentrate thoughts and feelings.

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil: 00% Pure. Common Uses: Circulation, refreshing, colds, stress. Steam Distilled, Cultivated.

Make sure cinnamon essential oil is on your shelf your spa or massage practice to soothe clients’ spirits and aid in skin healing.


[1] “7 Cinnamon Oil Health Benefits that Will Blow Your Mind,” Ayurvedum, March 2, 2019.

[2] Morozumi S. Isolation, purification, and antibiotic activity of o-methoxycinnamaldehyde from cinnamon. Appl Environ Microbiol. 1978 Oct;36(4):577-83. doi: 10.1128/aem.36.4.577-583.1978. PMID: 708030; PMCID: PMC243094.

[3] Mayaud L, Carricajo A, Zhiri A, Aubert G. Comparison of bacteriostatic and bactericidal activity of 13 essential oils against strains with varying sensitivity to antibiotics. Lett Appl Microbiol. 2008 Sep;47(3):167-73. doi: 10.1111/j.1472-765X.2008.02406.x. PMID: 19552780.

[4] Nagdeve, Meenakshi, “18 Amazing Benefits of Cinnamon and Its Oil,” Organic Facts, July 1, 2020.

[5] Ibid

[6] Ibid

[7] Cherney, Kristeen, “The Best Essential Oils for Your Skin,” healthline, August 4, 2022.