Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)


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A tall evergreen tree, native to Sri Lanka, grows to a height of around 6 – 8 meters, with shiny leaves and clusters of yellow flowers that bloom in January, which fruits ripen 6 months later. Now commonly grown in the tropics. A first harvest may be obtained after 3-4 years, although both quality and yields improve with subsequent cutting. The stems are cut during the rainy season to encourage peeling of the bark. The bark is cut in long strips and left to dry and curl in the sun, otherwise known as quills (that are used in flavouring and cooking). The local conditions, particularly the type of soil under which the crop is grown, have a profound effect on the quality of the bark produced.

On plantations, cinnamon is cut every 2 years, and the flush of straight shoots generated by coppicing produces the bark that is peeled for cinnamon quills. The essential oil is distilled from the off-cuts of bark to make Cinnamon Bark oil. The bark oil contains high levels of cinnmamaldehyde and is a dermal irritant.

The oil and spice is often confused with Cassia, as they have similar properties and aromas. Cinnamon was prescribed by the ancient Chinese for almost every malady, and was used by the ancient Egyptians for keeping epidemics at bay

Cinnamon Bark essential oil is highly respected as having antiseptic properties. It is recommend that Cinnamon Bark be avoided in aromatherapy. Perfumery applications are far fewer than in flavours because the oil has some skin-sensitizing properties, but it has limited use in some perfumes. From a spiritual perspective, it is believed to have a warming, uplifting characteristic. Use as a room spray or bench cleaner diluted in water.

Blends Well With

Agarwood (Oud) (Aquilaria crassna)
Ambrette Absolute (Musk) (Abelmoschus moschatus)
Balsam of Peru (Myroxylon balsamum)
Benzoin – Onycha (Styrax Benzoin)
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
Carnation Absolute (Dianthus caryophyllus)
Chamomile – Roman (Anthemis nobilis)
Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)
Jasmine Absolute (Jasminium sambac)
Labdanum Absolute (Cistus ladaniferus)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Liquidambar (Liquidambar styraciflua)
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
Orange – Sweet (Citrus sinensis)
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Plai (Zingiber cassumunar)
Rose Damask Absolute (Rosa x damascena)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Sandalwood – Indian (Santalum album)
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia)
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

Aromatic Families



Extremely powerful, very warm, diffusive, spicy-sweet aroma with a persistent dryness and warm, lasting powdery note in the drydown.

Aromatic Note



Not Known.

Additional information

Bottle Size

5mL, 10mL, 50mL, 100mL

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