October means Cinnamon harvest time in Madagascar!
Cinnamon Bark and Cinnamon Leaf come from the same plant, but have different uses.
Cinnamon Bark as a spice has been harvested and traded for centuries and has been regarded as a digestive aid for ages. Cinnamon Bark is steam distilled from the bark of the tree. In order to harvest the cinnamon the first layer of bark is stripped away and the inner layer of bark is then peeled off. As it dries it curls into quills, shaping the cinnamon sticks we are familiar with in cooking. Due to overharvesting there was previously a ban on harvesting cinnamon in Madagascar, but sustainable harvesting practices have since been embraced and now the ban is lifted. Madagascar produces the most aromatic Cinnamon anywhere in the world. Today most cinnamon sold for cooking with is Cinnamon Cassia, which is actually cultivated in China and has different medicinal properties.
Cinnamon is an excellent deterrent against the growth of yeast, fungus, and mold. It is anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. It is a very useful and wonderfully aromatic addition to your natural cleaners and deodorizers. It is frequently used in chewing gum, toothpaste, candy, perfuming, cleaners, cooking, and baking.
Cinnamon is very heating and direct skin contact should be avoided. Keep out of mucous membranes and avoid use if pregnant. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
I love the smell of cinnamon, especially around Fall/Winter, when the weather is cool. Here is a diffuser recipe that will make you yearn for cinnamon buns and spiced cider...
This blend has the added bonus of defending against airborne pathogens, making it a cold and flu season must. Great for the office too!
7 drops Good Samaritan
7 drops Cocoa Perfume
Cinnamon Bark (not Cinnamon Leaf) is used for culinary and medicinal purposes. The bark oil has a lower eugenol content than the leaf oil which is why it's preferred for ingesting in safe quantities. The properties are analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, ant-spasmodic, carminative, insecticide, stimulant and stomachic. Cinnamon is one of the most recognized scents in the world and has been used since antiquity.
Caution: Do not use while pregnant, breastfeeding or with children under 5 years old. May cause skin irritation.