Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

Animal Crackers
Animal crackers and cocoa to drink,
That is the finest of suppers I think;
When I'm grown up and can have what I please
I think I shall always insist upon these.
What do YOU choose when you're offered a treat?
When Mother says, "What would you like best to eat?"
Is it waffles and syrup, or cinnamon toast?
It's cocoa and animals that I love most!

The kitchen's the cosiest place that I know;
The kettle is singing, the stove is aglow,
And there in the twilight, how jolly to see
The cocoa and animals waiting for me.

Daddy and Mother dine later in state,
With Mary to cook for them, Susan to wait;
But they don't have nearly as much fun as I
Who eat in the kitchen with Nurse standing by;
And Daddy once said, he would like to be me
Having cocoa and animals once more for tea.
by Christopher Morley

Map of Sri Lanka



Olfactory properties of organic Cinnamon bark(Cinnamomum zeylanicum) essential oil/Sri Lanka

The volatile aromatic molecules contained in cinnamon bark are extremely powerful. Within a few seconds of being placed on the AromaStone they rapidly spread in the room giving off their warm, sweet, powdery, aromatic-spicy aroma which one can without hesitation proclaim as "cinnamon-like" as the spice is commonly encountered throughout the life. The aroma creates a very stimulating, clear, purifying and exhalting atmosphere. Nothing can withstand the advent of cinnamon aroma. It quickly takes over and dominates the area in which it exists.
As one accustoms themselves to these potent top notes, one also begins to perceive a very delicate, balsamic, precious dry-woody, vanilla-like chord on which they rest.
This very potent aroma maintains a uniform intensity and radiation for many hours after being placed on the AromaStone. There is an exquiste sweetness that floats on the top of it as one goes deeper and deeper into the dryout.

Blends well with agarwood eo and co2; amberi attar; amyris wood eo; benzoin abs; blood orange eo; bois de rose eo; canella bark eo; caraway seed eo and co2; cassia bark eo and co2; cassia leaf eo; cedarwood oils; cinnamon co2 and abs; cinnamon leaf eo; cistus eo and abs; clove bud eo, co2 and abs; copaiba balsam eo; coriander seed eo and co2; frankincense eo, co2 and abs; elemi eo, co2 and abs; fir balsam abs; guiacwood eo; juniperberry eo, co2 and abs; labdanum eo; labdanum abs; musk,black eo; opoponax eo and abs; orris root eo, co2 and abs; palmarosa eo; patchouli eo, co2 and abs; peppermint eo, co2 and abs; rosemary eo, co2 and abs; sandalwood eo, co2 and abs; shamama attar; tonka bean abs; vanilla co2 and abs

In perfumery
it is used in oriental bouquets(it forms a classic oriental accord with frankincense and vanilla abs) incense perfumes, culinary creations, geographical perfumes, symbolic essences, amber bases; holiday accords; forest compositions. Very tiny amounts of this precious essence can have a fine effect on a balanced perfume creation.



Links

Wikipedia profile of Cinnnamon bark
Excellent monograph on Cinnamon bark
The Spice of Life: Cinnamon and Ceylon
Pictoral essay on cinnamon bark
Cinnamon zeylanicum images
Typical gc for cinnamon bark
Cinnamon recipes

Cinnamon in Literature
On board the boat were also every kind of lanterns representing such designs as are used on flower-pots, pearl-laden portieres, embroidered curtains, oars of cinnamon wood, and paddles of magnolia, which need not of course be minutely described.
Cao Xueqin
Hung Lou Meng

Ovid tells the story of the Phoenix as follows: “Most beings spring from other individuals; but there is a certain kind which reproduces itself. The Assyrians call it the Phoenix. It does not live on fruit or flowers, but on frankincense and odoriferous gums. When it has lived five hundred years, it builds itself a nest in the branches of an oak, or on the top of a palm tree. In this it collects cinnamon, and spikenard, and myrrh, and of these ‘materials builds a pile on which it deposits itself, and dying, breathes out its last breath amidst odours. From the body of the parent bird, a young Phoenix issues forth, destined to live as long a life as its predecessor. When this has grown up and gained sufficient strength, it lifts its nest from the tree (its own cradle and its parent’s sepulchre), and carries it to the city of Heliopolis in Egypt, and deposits it in the temple of the Sun.”
Thomas Bulfinch
Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable; or Stories of Gods and Heroes

While supper was preparing orders were given to show them the city, where they saw public structures that reared their lofty heads to the clouds; the market-places decorated with a thousand columns; fountains of spring water, besides others of rose water, and of liquors drawn from the sugarcane, incessantly flowing in the great squares; which were paved with a kind of precious stones that emitted an odor like that of cloves and cinnamon.
Voltaire
Candide

# Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,
# Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:
# A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.
The Bible
Book 22: Song of Solomon

When he entered her chamber, he was met by the pungent odour of cinnamon burning in a porphyry vase and the perfume of powders, unguents, cloud-like gauzes and embroideries light as feathers, filled the air with fragrance.
Herodias
by
Gustave Flaubert

Tidemand entered the warehouse. A cool and tart smell of tropical products, of coffee and oils and wines, filled the atmosphere. Tall piles of tea-boxes, bundles of cinnamon sewn in bast, fruits, rice, spices, mountains of flour-sacks—everything had its designated place, from floor to roof. In one of the corners a stairway led to the cellar, where venerable hogsheads of wine with copper bands could be glimpsed in the half-light and where enormous metal tanks rested in massive repose.
Knut Hamsun
Shallow Soil

The Grocers’! oh, the Grocers’! nearly closed, with perhaps two shutters down, or one; but through those gaps such glimpses! It was not alone that the scales descending on the counter made a merry sound, or that the twine and roller parted company so briskly, or that the canisters were rattled up and down like juggling tricks, or even that the blended scents of tea and coffee were so grateful to the nose, or even that the raisins were so plentiful and rare, the almonds so extremely white, the sticks of cinnamon so long and straight, the other spices so delicious, the candied fruits so caked and spotted with molten sugar as to make the coldest lookers–on feel faint and subsequently bilious. Nor was it that the figs were moist and pulpy, or that the French plums blushed in modest tartness from their highly–decorated boxes, or that everything was good to eat and in its Christmas dress; but the customers were all so hurried and so eager in the hopeful promise of the day, that they tumbled up against each other at the door, crashing their wicker baskets wildly, and left their purchases upon the counter, and came running back to fetch them, and committed hundreds of the like mistakes, in the best humour possible; while the Grocer and his people were so frank and fresh that the polished hearts with which they fastened their aprons behind might have been their own, worn outside for general inspection, and for Christmas daws to peck at if they chose.
Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol

This section continues the study of subjects related to aromatic plants. The study of the life cycle of plants is intimately linked up with the explorations of folks interested in natural aromatic essences. It is the plants that give us their rare botanical gifts so that our our lives may be enhanced on every level. Since human beings first appeared on the earth, the study of the natural world has been of primary importance. In indigenous cultures in all countries of the world the people had a profound relationship with nature because from her generous bounty all the materials that they needed for their well-being had to be gathered. All the senses had to be keenly alive to their immediate surrounding which they lived and it is safe to say that the so-called "primitive human beings" had a far keener sense of smell than we now have. Through this sublimest of senses they received reports from the environment they lived in, faster than through any of the other senses.
Amongst the indigenous people there were those rare individuals who developed an even greater sensory awareness than others with whom they lived and to them some of the deeper mysteries of nature were revealed. In the hearts of such people the awareness of the oneness of all life became evident and they learned through practical experience that the plant world had its own unique intelligence and if one approached it with humility and gratitude the plants themselves would impart to them a special time of wisdom that would be useful in helping others to a healthy and wholesome life.
With this heightened awareness, they also became aware that the aromas of plants had a special role to play in the well-being of others. At the source of the human life was "breath" and aromas of flowers, herbs, roots, etc acted directly on the breathing process, through the respiratory system and olfactory preceptors they came to understand how valuable these natural essences were in correcting imbalances in the system.
With the passage of time, human beings became more and more sophisticated and e disconnected from their environment with the result that the nose and the innate knowledge of the world gathered through it became of far less importance than it was earlier time. In fact the environments of modern times became so imbalanced with the odors created by man-created goods, that to protect oneself one often has to shut down perceptions received through the sense of smell. It has become severly atrophied as a result.
The nifty thing is that one can reawaken this ancient knowledge and reconnect with men and women in all parts of the world and in all cultures through carefully studying the odors of natural essences. Wonderfully today, we have access to a range of botanical essence's that has seldom been seen in any other time in world history. If a person very patiently and quietly enters this type of study, the knowledge that plants wish to share with other beings can once again get awakened which has a very good effect on ones own well being. Then one comes to know in a sweet way how human beings and other forms of life are part of some grand mystery that is linked together through chords of sympathy, appreciation, respect and reverence for life.

Plant Photosyntheis and Respiration

Wonderful video on Phytosynthesis for Children

Respiratory System of Human Beings