Cinnamon Leaf

Cinnamon was one of the most expensive gifts among royalty and the privileged upper class in Europe...

Cinnamon leaf is heating and purifying, with a warm-spicy, somewhat harsh scent.

Nature: warming, stimulating

The uplifting scent of cinnamon leaf transforms low vitality and lack of motivation into enhanced creativity and new ideas.

It is ideal as a room scent particularly during the winter season as the aroma is stimulating, cleansing and energizing.

Principal Actions: Heating; improves circulation, purifying; helps in the reduction of cellulite, mood uplifting; helps to relieve a fatigued state.

Practical Uses

Methods of Use: application, aroma lamp, diffusor, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage (sparingly and with care), mist spray

Skin Care with Cinnamon Leaf

Cinnamon leaf oil can be used (if well diluted), for the topical treatment of lice, scabies, tooth and gum care, warts and wasp stings.

Circulation, Muscles & Joints

Cinnamon leaf is a circulatory system stimulant and can be used in a massage blend or bath for poor circulation, gout and rheumatism.

To stimulate circulation: Mix 1 drop cinnamon leaf, 2 drops West Indian bay, 4 drops orange (Citrus aurantium var. amara), and 2 drops lemon in a bath, or add to 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and use in a massage.

To Warm Cold Legs and Feet: Mix 2 drops cinnamon leaf, 4 drops ginger and 4 drops lavender in 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and rub into legs and feet twice a day.

Digestive System

Cinnamon leaf has analgesic, anesthetic and strong antiseptic properties that can be used for colitis, diarrhea and intestinal infections.

To relieve indigestion caused by physical stress: 2 drops cinnamon leaf, 4 drops coriander seed, 4 drops tangerine. Add these oils to 20 ml/4 tsp carrier oil and apply to the abdomen using clockwise strokes.

Cinnamon leaf has strong anthelmintic properties; it can be used in a massage blend to help expel or kill intestinal worms. Mix 2 drops cinnamon leaf, 4 drops bergamot and 4 drops yarrow in 20ml/4 tsp carrier oil and apply to abdomen and lower back twice a day.

Genito-Urinary System

Cinnamon leaf can be used in childbirth to stimulate contractions. Mix 2 drops cinnamon leaf, 2 drops palmarosa and 4 drops yarrow in 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and massage on to abdomen and lower back.

Immune System

Cinnamon leaf oil can be added to a footbath to alleviate chills, colds, influenza and infectious diseases.

Nervous System

As a room scent, cinnamon leaf oil can ease emotional debility, nervous exhaustion or stress-related conditions.

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy. Cinnamon leaf essential oil may irritate sensitive skin – dilute.

Cinnamon Leaf in Aromatherapy

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Note: Base

Parts Used: leaves and twigs

Source: water or steam distillation from the 1. leaves and twigs (cinnamon leaf), and 2. dried inner bark (cinnamon bark) of the tropical evergreen tree that grows up to 15 metres high, native to Sri Lanka, Madagascar, the Comoros Islands, South India, Burma and Indochina.

Description and Odor Effect: 1. yellow to brownish liquid with a warm-spicy, somewhat harsh odor. 2. a pale to dark yellow liquid with a sweet, warm-spicy, dry, tenacious odor. The odor effect is stimulating and warming; a reputed aphrodisiac.

Blends well with: benzoin, mandarin, orange, ylang ylang and oriental-type mixtures

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy. Cinnamon leaf essential oil may irritate sensitive skin – dilute.

Application: application, aroma lamp, diffusor, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage*, mist spray
*NOTE: Cinnamon bark oil is not to be used on the skin

Therapeutic Properties: analgesic, anesthetic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antidiabetic, antidiarrhoeic, antidote, antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiputrid, antirheumatic, antiseptic (strong), antispasmodic, antitussive, antiviral, aperitif, aphrodisiac, astringent (mild), cardiac, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, emollient, estrogenic, expectorant, febrifuge, hemostatic, hepatic, insecticide, parasiticide, stimulant (circulatory, glandular, nervous and respiratory systems; production of secretions: saliva, tears, and mucous; uterine contractions), stomachic, tonic, vermifuge

Safety Data: Relatively non-toxic, though possibly irritant due to the presence of cinnamaldehyde. Eugenol, a major component of cinnamon leaf oil which can cause irritation to the mucous membranes. People with dry or sensitive skin may require additional dilution in a carrier oil when applying topically. Use in moderation.

Chemical composition includes: eugenol, eugenol acetate, cinnamic aldehyde and benzyl benzoate

Quick Reference - Cinnamon Leaf

Skin: lice, scabies, tooth and gum care, warts, wasp stings

Circulation, Muscles & Joints: poor circulation, rheumatism

Digestive: anorexia, colitis, diarrhea, dyspepsia, intestinal infection, sluggish digestion, spasm

Genito-urinary: childbirth (stimulates contractions), frigidity, leucorrhoea

Immune: chills, colds, influenza, infectious diseases

Nervous: debility, nervous exhaustion, stress-related conditions

Studies by Japanese researchers have shown that cinnamon kills fungi, bacteria, and other microorganisms, including the bacteria responsible for botulism poisoning and staph infections.

 

Keyword: Energizing

Cinnamon Magic: cinnamon, when burned as an incense, raises high spiritual vibrations, aids in healing, draws money, stimulates psychic powers and produces protective vibrations.

Cinnamon Leaf Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To boost blood flow to the extremities:

  • 2 drops Cinnamon Leaf
  • 4 drops Ginger
  • 4 drops Lavindin
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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