Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil Latin name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Synonyms: C. verum, C.laurus
Plant family: Lauraceae
Extraction: Distillation of the leaves and twigs
Origin: Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India
Plant characteristics: A strongly aromatic herb about 1 metre high with bright green, feathery leaves and small white flowers. The flowers are followed by round, brown seeds, which are distilled to obtain the essential oil.
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil characteristics: A yellow-brown liquid with a sweet, warm, spicy, comforting aroma.
Traditional use: Used for thousands of years for colds, flu, menstrual problems and kidney problems.
Cinnamon Leaf Essential blends well with: Orange, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang and Benzoin.
Cautions and comments: Leaf oil is relatively non-toxic but could irritate the skin because of the cinnamaldehyde present. Bark is a dermal irritant and toxin.
Main chemical constituents: Phenols (mainly eugenol) (80% – 95%), aldehyde (50%).
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.