Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil Description:
Latin name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum. Family name: Lauraceae. Cinnamon oil is distilled from the leaves and twigs or the dried inner bark of the plant and is imported from Ceylon.
Characteristics: Cinnamon Leaf has a earthy, slightly-woody, spicy-peppery aroma. It blends well with: Citrus oils, cloves, elemi, frankincense, and ginger.
Extraction Method: Steam distillation of leaves.
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil Cautions:
Safety Data: Only Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil should be used in aromatherapy. Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil: Mucous membrane irritant. Bark Oil is a strong skin toxin, irritant and sensitizer, and is one of the most hazardous oils. The oil from the bark is too hazardous for use.
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil Use and Applications:
Circulation, muscles, and joints: Improves circulation, for rheumatism.
Digestive System: Anorexia, colitis, diarrhea, dyspepsia, intestinal infection, improves digestion, spasms.
Emotions/mind and nervous system: Cheering, sense enhancing, mildly euphoric. Aids relaxation and emotional balance. Calming, for insomnia. Debility, nervous exhaustion, and stress-related conditions.
Genito-urinary and immune system: Stimulates child birth (contractions), frigidity, leucorrhea, metrorrhagia, scanty periods.
Respiratory and immune system: Chills, colds, flu, infectious diseases.
Skin/Hair Care: Lice, scabies, tooth and gum care, warts, wasp stings.
Recommended Use for: poor circulation, rhuematism, sluggish digestion, scanty periods, colds, chills, flus, nervous exhaustion and stress.
Actions: Anthelmintic, antidiarrheal, possible antidote to poison, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiputrescent, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, hemostatic, orexigenic, parasiticide, refrigerant, spasmolytic, circulatory, cardiac stimulant, respiratory, stomachic, vermifuge.
Folk Tradition: Cinnamon Essential Oil has been used for thousands of years in the East for medicinal purposes.
Sources for above information:
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, 1995
The Art of Aromatherpy by Robert Tisserand, 1977
375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose, 1999