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Cinnamon Oil Is Our Favorite Little Beauty Secret

We’ve already touched on the benefits of cinnamon, but cinnamon essential oil can be a great addition to your beauty routine. Cinnamon dates back thousands and thousands of years, back to when it was considered a suitable gift to monarchs and left in temples as offering to gods. Today it’s associated with invigoration and holiday scents.

You’ll probably find that cinnamon oil comes in two varieties: cinnamon leaf essential oil and cinnamon bark essential oil. The bark oil will be reddish in color and the leaf oil will be yellowish, but the two pack similar benefits.

Cinnamon’s sharp, rich scent makes it a great additive to homemade beauty recipes. As a quick word for caution, however, cinnamon can be irritating when applied directly to the skin in straight doses. Below are several ways you can incorporate cinnamon oil into your beauty routine.

Tap The Aromatherapy Benefits

Cinnamon has some pretty powerful aromatherapy benefits. It helps with self-confidence and is even reputed to help clear out trapped emotions. Overall, it’s an invigorating scent that can greatly bolster spirits.

If you’re drawing a bath, you can add it to the water for its scent. In addition to your usual bubble bath, add just a few drops of cinnamon oil right under the running water. It will add a delightful scent to the bath that is sure to both calm and invigorate.

Cinnamon has antibacterial properties and acts as a natural expectorant, so it could also help clear up respiratory ailments. Add a few drops to steaming water and breathe the steam.

Add To Homemade Beauty Treatments

If you’re making any home treatments that call for essential oils, cinnamon is a great additive. Just a few drops of the potent oil should be all you need. It works in hot oil treatments, moisturizing treatments, homemade shampoos and conditioners, homemade makeup like blush, homemade bath jellies and homemade massage oils.

Cinnamon even goes well with a number of other scents. It can be combined with citrus oils like orange essential oil or other spice oils like clove, frankincense, ginger, nutmeg, patchouli and sage. Cinnamon oil works best when combined with a soothing base like orange or vanilla. Add a few drops of spice oils like cinnamon to the base oil to round out the scent. Otherwise the cinnamon could be too overpowering.

Remember to keep cinnamon proportions low if you plan to use it on the skin, as cinnamon oil can be irritating to certain skin types.

Use To Freshen Breath & Promote Oral Health

Cinnamon oil can also be used in oral applications. Add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil to some distilled water and use like you would any other mouthwash. It’ll be like you just chewed some cinnamon gum. You can even add a drop to your toothpaste to add some antiseptic and additional breath-freshening qualities. Make sure to use food grade essential oil if you plan to put it in your mouth.