Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Other names: C. verum, Laurus Cinnamomum
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka, Indonesia
Part of plant used in production: Leaf
Methods of production: Water, Steam Distillation
Description: A tall tropical evergreen tree, cinnamon can be used for both its bark- the familiar culinary spice, and leaves as a stimulating oil and spice.
Characteristics: A warm, sweet and spicy aroma.
Properties: Analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, cardiac, carminative, emmenagogue, insecticide, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge.
Constituents: Eugenol (80-96%), Eugenol acetate (1%), cinnamic aldehyde (3%), benzyl benzoate (3%)
Uses: Considered a cure-all in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Cinnamon oil acts as a nerve tranquilizer, tonic, and is considered good for a weak heart. Use in a diffuser to alleviate feelings of depression, weakness, or exhaustion. Cinnamon is a very effective antiseptic, digestive, and anti-rheumatic. It alleviates colds and congestion.
Safety: For topical use only. Should be diluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy.