What is cinnamon oil?

Caring for our hair means being vigilant and making sure we utilise the best ingredients. A great natural way to care for our hair is by using oils to help moisturise, nourish and improve the general health of our hair. Cinnamon oil has become a common part of day-to-day hair care for many people. 

Let’s take a further look in to how we could benefit from using cinnamon essential oil in our hair. 

Cinnamon Oil For Hair: Benefits

Cinnamon oil is known to have a range of different properties which are good for our bodies in general. If you are going to use cinnamon oil for hair, though, what kind of benefits can we expect to see?

  • Cinnamon oil has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties making it a great oil to use to keep on top of the health of your hair and scalp.
  • It’s also been linked with being a powerful disinfectant which is very useful for scalp care. Those that suffer with scalp conditions may find that using cinnamon essential oil may help to clear up any bacterial infections.
  • Some mice studies also suggest that cinnamon oil can be used for promoting hair thickening.
  • Cinnamon oil has also been linked with being a powerful source of antioxidants

Cinnamon Oil Side Effects

However, while it might have some positive impacts on our health, cinnamon oil is something you should be cautious about using. If you have any kind of liver or kidney issues, then it’s recommended that you avoid using cinnamon oil. It’s also been advised not to be used if you are taking any diabetic medicines. 

The strength of cinnamon oil can also lead to some issues such as skin rashes and even burning if applied too strongly, this is why you must always dilute any essential oil with a carrier oil before application. 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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