The Cinnamon Essential Oil Showdown: Leaf vs. Bark


Cinnamon is a delicate, nutty, sweet aromatic spice that everyone has in their cabinet. Cinnamon is the spice that won’t quit. It can be found in most baked good items, coffee, teas, and it adds a special zest when added to apples. Yummy!

Think back to when you last smelled the aroma of cinnamon. Now picture that aroma being captured in a bottle through steam distillation, and viola….you have a cinnamon essential oil.

If you are not familiar with essential oils, they are oils that are cold pressed, steam distilled, vacuum sealed, or extracted from resin, leaves, bark, citrus peel, flower petals, etc. Essential oils provide many benefits to your body from clearing up allergies to relieving pain.

If you would like to learn more about essential oils…feel free to email me at I would love to talk with you about them.

Getting down to the reason for this article…the difference between cinnamon leaf and cinnamon bark.

Cinnamon Leaf:

This essential oil combines the aromas of sweet, spicy and woodsy. The color of the oil is light pale brown and the consistency is thin.

The benefits of cinnamon leaf are: freshens breath, relieves toothache pain, can kill head lice, insect repellent, will eliminate salmonella from leafy greens, acts as a cleanser for fruits and vegetables, astringent, soothes aches and pains from your joints and muscles, reduces arthritis pain, stress reducer, mood lifter, great for making potpourri, and is a aphrodisiac,

Cinnamon Bark:

This oil is sweet, musky, spicy, sharp, warm, and inviting. The color of the oil is a pale yellow and the consistency is a bit thicker than cinnamon leaf.

Benefits: Provides energy, cleanses the digestive tract, appetite suppressant, ignites your senses, sparks creation and inspiration, great when used as a cleaning agent or in natural toothpaste/mouthwash, promotes healthy circulation, aids in minimizes symptoms of DVT, boosts your immune system, relieves pain and cramps, aids in reducing blood sugars for diabetic patients, reduces gas and bloating, lifts your mood, and can be added to food or drinks(only doterra or young living brands).



Benefits: Anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-septic, analgesic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial.

Botanical Name for both oils: cinnamomum zeylanicum

Plant Family: Lauraceae

Origination: Sri Lanka

Top, Middle or Bottom Note: Middle

How they cinnamon leaf and bark become essential oils: steam distillation


Color: C. Leaf is a pale brown where C. Bark is a pale yellow.

Aroma: Cinnamon bark has a stronger aroma due to it containing more cinnamaldehyde (which is a naturally occurring chemical that gives cinnamon it’s flavor and aroma).

Cinnamon bark oil is slightly pricier than cinnamon leaf.

Cinnamon bark has more benefits than cinnamon leaf, however, they are pretty comparable.

The Winner:

Personally, i love one more than the other just due to it’s amazing benefits, but you can’t go wrong with either or. I love cinnamon bark but the choice is up to you. You pick the winner. Which one would be a great fit for you and your family?


There are dozen’s of different essential oil brands you can chose from out there. They all have a lot of similarities in regards to color, smell, and benefits, but the differences are the prices, how they are made, where they come from, if they are pure therapeutic, and if there are additives in the oil to reduce cost.

Do your research before picking a brand to go with or try different brands to see which one you like better. Examples of brands that provide lower costs for the consumers are: Now, Aura Cacia, Artnaturals, Sun, Mountain Rose and Eden’s Garden. Oils that are on the higher end are Rocky Mountain, Plant Therapy, Doterra, and Young Living. There are dozens of brands out there. Find one that makes you happy.

I have a few brands that i love. One of them being Eden’s Garden. They are 100% pure therapeutic oils with no carrier oil or other additives added to the oil. They smell wonderful and work great. To learn more about Cinnamon Bark and Cinnamon Leaf, click on the links provided.

Side Note: Never use an essential oil by itself; add a teaspoon of carrier oil in the palm of your hands and then add a few drops of essential oils. Rub in. You can also use a dropper bottle, roller bottle, or diffuse the essential oils with water in a diffuser.


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