The cinnamon tree is part of the Lauraceae family. Probably originating from China it is now known to grow in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Brazil and Indonesia.
The tree itself is a tropical evergreen ranging in height from 5 – 15 metres (45ft) and grows best in sand.
Our oil comes from sustainable plantations in Indonesia. When the bark is stripped it forms familiar cylindrical quills which are then powered before being steam distilled to create one of the world’s best known spices.
The bark only yields 0.5 – 1.0% oil. It is highly fragrant but also expensive so its use is limited to fine fragrances and aromatherapy.
Referenced in many perfumes for its spicy, oriental and woody notes it is a common ingredient on the perfumer’s palette for both masculine fragrances and in women’s perfumes. Some known references are Le Male, Jean Paul Gaultier, Old Spice, Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss and Opium by Yves Saint Laurent.
As an aromatherapy oil its primary benefits are said to beneficial in supporting and maintaining a healthy immune and metabolic system. The oil is rich in minerals such as manganese, iron, calcium and fiber.
This market has witnessed a drastic drop in production levels in recent months. This has adversely affected the local prices of raw materials. In addition, the exchange rates are not encouraging, and have exerted additional pressure on yet another essential oil of Indonesian origin.
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