Updated: Jan 9, 2020
The History of Cinnamon Bark
Cinnamon Oil is harvested from a tree that is recognised by two botanical names – Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Cinnamomum vervun – both of which refer to the same tree. This is the species considered to be true Cinnamon. Processed as both a spice and essential oil, it is cultivated and exported globally. Cinnamon was also given the Early Modern English names of "canel" and "canella," which were rooted in the Latin word for "tube," due to the inner bark's tendency to naturally form a tube shape as it dries and retracts into itself. Cinnamon Essential Oil can be obtained from either the tree's outer bark or its leaves. Hence the two main varieties are Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil.
Cinnamon is thought to be one of the world's oldest and most valuable spices. Since the time of Ancient Egyptians and for thousands of years afterwards, it has continued to be used, even becoming a staple in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Today, it continues to be used in the forms of spices, herbs, powders, and teas to address emotional and physical ailments, such as depression, respiratory and digestive problems, colds, flu, weight gain, diarrhoea, yeast infections, heavy menstruation, menstrual cramps, arthritis, and skin infections.
Throughout history, Cinnamon has demonstrated a diverse range of uses in culinary applications, having been used as a spice and flavour additive in mulled wines, hot beverages, breads, snack foods, cereals, savoury entrées, and desserts. As a whole, the plant has come to symbolise and attract good fortune, such as wealth. It has been associated with protection, as 15th-century grave robbers were known to use Cinnamon in their oil blends that were meant to protect them against the plague. Cinnamon Oil was also used as a sedative during birth.
In Ancient Egypt, Cinnamon was imported as early as 2000 BCE. At the time, an individual in possession of Cinnamon was considered to be wealthy. Historical records indicate that Cinnamon's value might have been considered equivalent to or higher than that of gold. In Egyptian society, Cinnamon was preferable for use in embalming, an ingredient in love potions, and it was deemed valuable enough to offer as a gift to monarchs and gods.
In the Middle Ages, Europeans also viewed Cinnamon as a symbol of high ranking social status. This was because only the wealthy were able to afford this spice imported from the East. According to an account given by Pliny the Elder, a Roman pound of Cinnamon could potentially cost the same as the wage earned after fifty months of labour. Due to its high price, Cinnamon wasn't commonly burnt on funeral pyres in Rome. When it was, it was meant to mask the unpleasant smell of burning flesh. It is believed that, at his wife's funeral in AD 65, Emperor Nero burned a year's worth of the city's stock of Cinnamon.
Cinnamon Bark in Numbers
Cinnamon Bark is not the cheapest oil available on our website, but it's still as popular as ever. A 10ml bottle will currently cost you £5.95, and 1KG will cost you £199.96. If budget is an issue, why not consider Cinnamon Leaf as a cheaper alternative.
Cinnamon Bark, in my opinion, has a lovely scent. The aromatic fragrance is warm and spicy, and I find it to be somewhere between clove and cinnamon. It is ever so slightly herbaceous, with delicate peppery notes.
Cinnamon Bark blends excellently with other oils, but just remember not to use too much. I find the oil to be extremely potent, and if you add too much, the cinnamon aroma will be all you can smell. Remember ladies and gentleman; a little goes a long way..
Cinnamon Bark is known to diminish the feelings of depression, faintness, and exhaustion.
Cinnamon is a highly potent aphrodisiac and may help to stimulate the libido in both men and women.
Used topically, Cinnamon Essential Oil is reputed to calm dry skin.
It can effectively alleviate aches, pains, and stiffness in the muscles and joints.
Can help with addressing acne, rashes, and infections. Antioxidants protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Fortunately, Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols.
It may enhance circulation, nourish the skin, slow the look of ageing, and revive the skin tone.
Used medicinally, Cinnamon Essential Oil is reputed to reduce inflammation, eliminate viruses, boost immunity, facilitate pain relief, and improve metabolic function.
Cinnamon Bark certainly isn't in the limelight as much as other oils, but it still headers a few articles from time to time. It has a lovely scent, a great variety of uses, and it has been around for thousands of years. Look at it this way, at least it is no longer the same value as gold, buy yourself some Cinnamon Bark today.
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