True Cinnamon Oil
Cinnamon is a common spice used by different cultures around the world for several centuries. It is obtained from the inner bark of trees from the genus Cinnamomu with steam distilled method. The genus Cinnamomum consists of nearly 250 species distributed in the South, East and South East Asia and Australia. Cinnamomum verum also known as true Cinnamon is one of the important spice crops cultivated in Sri Lanka and southern parts of India The aroma form cinnamon bark essential oil are warm, dry, and herbal spice. The cinnamon oils obtained from the bark, leaf, and root barks vary significantly in chemical composition, which suggests that they might vary in their pharmacological effects as well.
Cinnamon has a long history of use in traditional medicine as a digestive aide. Most of the cinnamon species have been used for medicinal purposes having high ethno-botanical value. In-vitro and in-vivo studies in animals and humans from different parts of the world have demonstrated numerous beneficial health effects of CZ, such as anti-inflammatory properties, anti-microbial activity, anti-parasitic, lower blood glucose and blood preassure, reducing cardiovascular disease, boosting cognitive function and reducing risk of colonic cancer.
Three of the main components of the essential oils obtained from the bark of Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (CZ) are trans-cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, and linalool, which represent 82.5% of the total composition. Trans-cinnamaldehyde, accounts for approximately 49.9–62.8% of the total amount of bark oil. Cinnamaldehyde and eugenol are also the major components of CZ extracts.