Cinnamon Leaf oil is extracted from the leaves of the True Cinnamon tree Cinnamomum zeylanicum, also known as Cinnamomum vervun. The oil is different from Cinnamon Bark essential oil which comes from the same tree. Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil has a lighter colour and a different balance of its constituents, with at least 80% phenols. It has an exotic, spicy and musky scent that blends particularly well with citrus scents. Cinnamon has a long history of being used in traditional medicine, with the ancient Egyptians, and Chinese cultures said to have given it a higher value than gold. It continued used in herbal remedies throughout history and today is valued in aromatherapy and homeopathy for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as being warming, stimulating and energising.
Ciiinamon leaf oil is said to relieve stress, and support brain function and focus. Why not add a few drops of Cinnamon Leaf essential oil to a diffuser to get your day off to an energised and refreshed start?
The warming properties of Cinnamon leaf also make it perfect for massage and sports recovery. Combine a two or three drops of Cinnamon Leaf essential oil with two tablespoons of a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut, olive oil or sweet almond oil to make massage oil which may help with painful joints, inflammation or stiffness.
Additionally cinnamon leaf oil is is said to be beneficial for skin health when diluted with complimentary carriers such as coconut oil. As a scalp treatment a few drops combined with olive oil may help to combat hair loss and dandruff – just massage into the scalp and leave for an hour before shampooing out. This oil, as an alternative to Tea Tree oil, may also condition the hair and deter nits when a drop is added to shampoo.
Safe use of Cinnamon Leaf Oil
- Cinnamon Leaf essential oil can be a mild skin irritant so should always be diluted with a carrier oil when being used directly on the skin, avoiding sensitive areas.
- Avoid contact with the eyes
- Keep out of the reach of children
- Do not ingest
- Not suitable for use by pregnant women or nursing mothers
- Could react with Diabetic medicines, and anticolagulants, so users of these medications should check with their doctor before using cinnamon oil.