What does cinnamon oil blend well with?
The many therapeutic properties in cinnamon that are also in the other oils. Blending will intensify, add new properties and change the aroma.
Blending oils can be fun but there is an art to it. With its chemical compounds and therapeutic properties, to the novice it can be confusing. However, there is plenty of information available that can help and advice and by experimenting knowledge will soon build.
There is little harm that can be done if the wrong oils are mixed although the aromas may not be very nice but it is advisable to test a small patch of skin for sensitivity first. It is the aroma that is possibly the most important as the idea is not only to help treat certain conditions but to relax the body and mind as well and if the scent is not right that may not be possible.
Essential oils are grouped into different classes of aroma – floral – lavender and jasmine, earthy – vetiver and patchouli, minty – peppermint, medicinal or camphourous – eucalyptus and cajuput, spicy- which the cinnamon belongs to, woody – pine, cedar, citrus – orange and lime, herbaceous – rosemary and basil and oriental – ginger and patchouli. Oils in the same group blend very well together and more than two can be blended at a time, that is not to say other groups cannot be used, it is practise and experience that will help.
Cinnamon essential oil blends well with benzoin, bergamot, cardamom, clove, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, peru balsam, petitgrain, rose, vanilla and ylang-ylang. As can be seen it blends with oils from other groups to bring about a different distinct aroma. The therapeutic properties in cinnamon include analgesic, anti-bacterial, antifungal, astringent, digestive, stomachic and stimulant. These are only a few of the properties that make it valuable in treating conditions naturally. The blended oils also hold some of these properties as well as additional ones giving it the ability to treat different conditions.
How well oil is absorbed into the body is dependent on the density of it. Light oils have lighter and smaller molecules that get absorbed easily, metabolised quickly and therefore the effects wear off quicker. The heavier oils have heavier and larger molecules that are absorbed by the body slowly, metabolised slowly and the effects will last longer. As the blended oils evaporate the aroma will change and take on the scent of the heavier oil. Finding the blend to suits the individual can take time but becomes quicker and easier with practise and knowledge.