Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil delivers a sweet, uplifting cinnamon fragrance crossed with rich vivacious eugenol ~ creates a spicy solution which should be used carefully. Strong skin irritant! Benefits of Cinnamon Leaf oil include:
- Antimicrobial (Bacterial, Viral, Fungal)
- Carminative (Reduces Gas)
- Diaphoretic (Warms body)
- Promotes digestion
- Stimulant (Cardiovascular, Immune, Mood, Sexual)
Dr. Nick Notes
Cinnamon is a very recognizable scent and highly prized since antiquity. Very diverse in is uses from culinary to medicinal. Powerful antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of Cinnamon Leaf are amazing at killing airborne bacteria stopping the spread of infections. Cinnamon has been a part of numerous essential oil blends designed for their anti-microbial properties including well known Thieve's Defense and On-Guard. Cinnamon improves your digestion and may heat/stimulate the body to increase low energy levels. Eases stiff joints and muscles with its warming and anti-inflammatory action, though should not be used topically. Eugenol is the main component of Cinnamon leaf oil, giving it more analgesic properties than cinnamon bark oil.
Note: It’s recommended not to use in foods or ingested unless diluted – cinnamon leaf may irritate the oral mucosa. Sensitive individuals should not cook or flavor with this oil and ALWAYS dilute the oil before ingestion. It's spicy, rich spectrum of notes is a very curious note. This product may be interesting for intermediate aromatic explorers to venture with. An interesting term to research with cinnamon leaf: oilhuasca
How to Use
For use with a trained practitioner or under a physician’s care. Must DILUTE before topical or oral ingestion. Not recommended for topical usage. Can be an interesting additive for aromatic fragrance (be careful on concentration if applied to skin).
Hazards: Drug interaction; may inhibit blood clotting; may contain safrole; skin sensitization (moderate risk); meucous membrane irritation (low risk).
Cautions (oral): May interact with pethidine, MAOIs or SSRIs. Anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, other bleeding disorders.
Maximum Adult Daily Oral Dose: 175 mg
Maximum Dermal Use Level (based on potential 1% safrole content):
Tisserand & Young: 5.0%
Maximum Dermal Use Level (based on eugenol content):
EU: No legal limit
Tisserand & Young: 0.6%
~ Adopted from Tisserand & Young, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed. 2013 ~
Distillation Method: Steam Distilled
Part Used: Leaves
Origin: Sri Lanka
Note classification: Middle
Largest Producing Countries: Sri Lanka, India and Madagascar
Aroma: warm and spicy
Blends well with: Benzoin, bergamot, cardamom, clove, coriander, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, peru balsam, petitgrain, rose, vanilla, ylang-ylang
Constituent Range (Lawrence 1979 p. 29, 1995g p. 148, p. 201)
Eugenol (68.6 - 87.0%)
Eugenol acetate (1.0 - 8.1%)
Linalool (2.0 - 5.0 %)
(E)-Cinnamyl acetate (0.8 - 4.6%)
Benzyl benzoate (tr - 4.1%)
β-Caryophyllene (1.9 - 3.7%)
(E)-Cinnamaldehyde (0.6 - 1.1%)
Safrole (0 - 1.0%)
Cinnamyl alcohol (0 – 0.6%)
This information was documented by Lawrence 1979 p. 29, 1995g p. 148, p. 201 published by Robert Tisserand & Rodney Young in 2013 and is posted to demonstrate some general range of chemical constituents of this essential oil. Each distillation & plant source varies and current batch will likely have some variance to the information published above. When possible, we will post current GC-MS analysis separately for our oils sold on this site, correlating with batch numbers for your enjoyment & awareness.
~ Be Blessed ~
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product. *
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