Cinnamon may be wonderful added to your oatmeal or inside a hot cinnamon roll, but you might be surprised to know that it comes from the bark of a tropical evergreen tree, the Medicinal Herb Info website notes. Oil and powder from the plant’s bark can be used as a culinary spice or to make medicinal treatments. Recent research has found cinnamon oil to have a number of health benefits; before you begin to use cinnamon oil for your health, consult your doctor.
Cinnamon oil has been shown to have powerful antimicrobial and cancer-fighting properties. A study conducted at the Turkey’s Cumhuriyet University and published in the September 2010 issue of the journal “Food and Chemical Toxicology” concluded that cinnamon oil may be useful as a topical treatment for infections and other skin problems, including benign tumors.
Cinnamon oil has also been studied for its anti-inflammatory properties. Research at National Taiwan University, published in the September 2010 edition of the journal “Pharmaceutical Biology,” analyzed cinnamon oil using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry — and found it to have excellent anti-inflammatory properties. The researchers suggest that cinnamon oil may be very useful as a natural treatment for inflammation.