Cinnamon Leaf essential oil has an exotic, hot, spicy aroma. Cinnamon oil has a warming, invigorating, restorative, uplifting effect that is good for the circulation, colds and flu, aches and pains, nervous debility and digestive complaints.
Cinnamon Leaf essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves and small twigs of a tropical evergreen tree. There are two types of Cinnamon oil, one from the inner bark and one from the leaves. Cinnamon bark oil is not used in aromatherapy as it a strong skin and mucus membrane irritant.
Cinnamon Leaf essential oil has stimulating, warming, reviving properties. It is particularly good for stiff joints and muscles, poor circulation and for older people in winter to warm both mind and body.
Cinnamon has been used therapeutically for thousands of years for a whole host of complaints including colds, flu, rheumatism, digestive issues and menstrual problems and is still current in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia for flatulent colic and indigestion (with nausea). The oil is also used in perfumes and toiletries, for flavouring foods and drinks, and as an ingredient in nasal sprays, cough syrups and dental products.
Plant family: Lauraceae
Origin: Sri Lanka
Extraction method: Steam distilled
Safety Note: Use in moderation. Max 2 drops in an aromatherapy bath and 1% concentration for massage. Avoid in massage if you have sensitive skin. Avoid contact and nearness to mucus membranes i.e. around eyes, mouth or intimate areas. Do not use during pregnancy as it can stimulate contractions.
Skin: Cinnamon Leaf essential oil was traditionally used for treating warts. It is not however generally recommended for use in aromatherapy skincare products as it can be an irritant. Can be useful for tooth and gum care.
Mind: Cinnamon oil has an invigorating, uplifting effect and can help fight nervous debility, stress, exhaustion and feelings of depression or failure.
Body: Cinnamon Leaf essential oil has powerful antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that can help fight off colds, flu and other infections. It calms the digestive system, helps with period pains and scanty periods, and eases muscular and joint pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis. It can also help to improve the circulation which makes it useful in Winter for warming the extremities. It is also thought to have aphrodisiac properties.
Blends well with: Bay, Lavender, Lemon and Sweet Orange
Allergens Listing: Cinnamyl Alcohol 1%, Cinnamal 3%, Coumarin 0.3%, Eugenol 85%, Benzyl Benzoate 4%, Linalool 4%.