Cinnamon Leaf was once regarded as a precious substance, especially in temples as an ingredient in incense. Today Cinnamon Leaf is often used in perfume for its warm, spicy, “oriental” notes.
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka.
Plant Family: Lauraceae
Method of Extraction: The oil is distilled from the partly dried leaves and twigs.
Main Theraputic Properties: Astringent, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Aphrodisiac, Digestive stimulant, Immune tonic, Neurotonic.
Contraindications: Do not use on children under 2 years of age. Do not use on sensitive or damaged skin. Do not use more than 2% dilution on the skin or mucous membrane.
Did you know: Cinnamon is an ingredient in spiced Chai tea.
Oil Appearance: Yellow – brown
Chinese Element: Fire
Cinnamon is a bushy evergreen that grows up to 18 meters in height. It has a thick bark with leathery leaves, white berries and small yellow flowers.
It has a high level of Eugenol (80-90%) which may cause skin irritation, especially in baths, and thus it is sold only for use in a burner or diffuser.
Cinnamon has a warming and spicy aroma which blends wonderfully with the citrus oils and other spices such as Clove or Nutmeg. To create the perfect atmosphere over the festive season blend 1 drop of Cinnamon Leaf, 1 drop of Clove Bud and 3 drops of Mandarin in a burner or diffuser.
To help lift your spirits if you are feeling under the weather try 1 drop of Cinnamon Leaf, 2 drops of Ylang Ylang and 2 drops of Sweet Orange and use in a diffuser.