CINNAMON ESSENTIAL OIL – LEAF
Cinnamon Oil has a pleasant scent and is a perfect additive to creams, lotions, and soaps. Cinnamon essential oil was traditionally used by the ancient Egyptians for foot massages and in love potions. Cinnamon oil has been used for rheumatism, kidney ailments, excess bile, to treat diarrhea, and other digestive problems. The therapeutic properties of Cinnamon essential oil are analgesic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antidiarrhea, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, antiviral, cardiac, carminative, disinfectant, emmenagogue, insecticide, stimulant, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge. Cinnamon oil is known to elevate blood pressure. Cinnamon essential oil may be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes – particularly in large doses. Sensitizing must be kept in mind when using Cinnamon oil in a blend for a friend or family member. Cinnamon essential oil should always be used in dilution. Avoid using Cinnamon oil during pregnancy or if you have high blood pressure. Note: Middle
Botanical Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Plant Part: Leaves
Origin: Sri Lanka
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Description / Color / Consistency: Cinnamon oil is a brownish yellow to dark liquid with a medium consistency.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: Cinnamon essential oil is a middle note of medium aroma, it has a warm, spicy scent between that of clove and cinnamon, but with herbaceous notes that are not sweet. Customers seeking the smell of the cinnamon spice should purchase Cinnamon Bark.
Product Abstract: Cinnamomum zeylanicum originates from Sri Lanka. It is a tropical evergreen tree of the laurel family growing up to 15 m (45 feet) in the wild. The tree has a very thin smooth bark, with a light yellowish brown color and a highly fragrant odor. Its pleasant scent has lead it to be a perfect addition to creams, lotions and soaps.
Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinnamon’s botanical name, comes from trees native to China and South East Asia. Its use is recorded in Chinese journals as early as 2700 B.C. During the middle ages, the Arabs that traded Cinnamon preserved their monopoly of the spice trade by claiming it was harvested from the nest of ferocious birds while under attack. Many believe Cinnamon attracts wealth and prosperity.
Obtained from its bark or leaf, the reddish brown spicy oil warms the heart with its ability to help the melancholia and lift one’s spirit from depression caused by lethargy and lack of vitality. Cinnamon is revered for its antiseptic properties and is best known for the treatment of stomach ailments including a sluggish digestive system, flatulence and intestinal disorders.
Medical research reveals Cinnamon essential oil can lower blood glucose and help with the metabolism in controlling diabetes. Some recent studies have shown that if you consume as little as ½ teaspoon of Cinnamon powder each day you may be able to reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels by as much as 20%. Some believe it is a substance known as MHCP that causes Cinnamon to reignite the body’s fat cells to respond to insulin and this dramatically increases the removal of glucose. Other studies being conducted reveal new evidence that it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, along with being an anti-oxidant agent, which can lower cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose as well as improve the functioning of insulin in the body. (Please note: Cinnamon essential is 70-80 times more potent than Cinnamon powder, see application for dilution rate.)
While Cinnamon is used more extensively in cooking and flavoring of beverages because of its pleasant taste than in aromatherapy, it certainly has its place for combating viral and infectious diseases.
In the book, Cinnamon and Cassia, by P. N. Ravindran, K. Nirmal Babu, M. Shylaja the authors stated:
“The different investigations reveal that Cinnamon shows both immune system potentiating and inhibiting effects. Kaishi-ni-eppi-ichi tu, a Chinese herbal preparation containing Cinnamon as its main constituent, has been shown to exhibit antiviral action against the influenza A2 virus.”
According to “The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,” Cinnamon essential oil makes an excellent mosquito repellent because of its high concentration of cinnamaldehyde, an active mosquito killing agent.
Plant Origin: China, Southeast Asia, India
Medicinal Properties: Anti-microbial, anti-infectious, antibacterial (for large spectrum of infection), antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, anticoagulant, antidepressant, and emotional stimulant.
Cinnamon Essential Oil Benefits: Fungal infections (Candida), general tonic, and increases blood flow when previously restricted. Ciinnamon Oil is good for digestive system, calms spasms, high blood pressure, colitis, flatulence, diarrhea and nausea. Cinnamon essential oil is known to ease muscular spasms and painful rheumatic joints, as well as general aches and pains. It also affects the libido and is known as an aphrodisiac. Several studies suggest that Cinnamon essential oil may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with type II diabetes. In some studies, Cinnamon oil has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, Cinnamon essential oil reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. It has shown to have an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
Application: Dilute 1 part essential oil with 4 parts carrier oil and apply one to two drops on location; diffuse; or massage. Cinnamon essential oil may be used in food or beverage as a dietary supplement. Capsule, 0 size.
Caution: Cinnamon essential oil may be a potent skin irritant (skin may turn red or burn)—be sure to dilute with carrier oil. Because of its high phenol content, it is best diluted (1 drop to 40 or 50 drops of a carrier oil, such as extra-virgin olive oil) before applying to the skin. If the mixture is too hot, apply additional diluting oil. Use extreme care as it may irritate the nasal membranes if inhaled directly from diffuser or bottle. Avoid during pregnancy.
Uses for Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Rub a drop or two of Cinnamon essential oil mixed in carrier oil to calm spasms of the digestive tract, indigestion, or nausea.
- Add a drop of Cinnamon essential oil to a dried flower arrangement or potpourri to spice up the home. Researchers found that just having the scent in a room helps to reduces drowsiness, irritability, and the pain and frequency of headaches.
- Cinnamon essential oil can be used in cooking. It also increases the action of enzymes that break down food in the body, aiding in the metabolic process.
- Place a drop or two of Cinnamon essential oil in a light bulb ring for help with mental clarity and concentration.
- When your body feels achy, add one drop of Cinnamon essential oil to 4 parts carrier oil to provide heat, relax tight muscles, ease
painful joints, and relieve menstrual cramps.
- To help fight viral, fungal, and bacterial illnesses and to boost the immune system, diffusein the kitchen. Wipe kitchen sinks down with Cinnamon essential oil to kill virus or bacteria growth.
- Blend Cinnamon essential oil with other fragrances such as Lavender, Frankincense, or another favorite with olive oil and apply to a handkerchief to carry with you and inhale as necessary on airplane flights.
- Use Cinnamon essential oil for head lice. For preventive treatment, add 4 drops to a mixture of 1 ounce vinegar and 1 ounce of water. Use as a hair rinse. (Be sure to not get Cinnamon essential oil in the eyes or burn your scalp. Perform a skin patch test, especially on children to prevent skin irritation.)
- Diffuse Cinnamon essential oil in the home or office to lift spirits. Cinnamon essential oil is known to be a natural antidepressant.
- To treat fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, use a drop or two of Cinnamon essential oil on the feet or add essential oil to a foot bath.
- As a general immunity stimulant, add a few drops of Cinnamon essential oil to a pan of water and simmer to fill your home with its warm aroma.
- Stay on track by filling your exercise room or gym with Cinnamon essential oil to increase stamina.
- When using Cinnamon essential oil in massage oil, dilute at 1% to prevent burning or irritating skin. This will help strengthen your immune system.
- Simmer a couple of drops of Cinnamon essential oil on the stove top to ward off colds, flu, and other airborne infections and contagious diseases.
- To alleviate melancholia, lethargy, or lack of energy, use Cinnamon essential oil in a diffuser.
- Add a drop of Cinnamon essential oil to your tea on a regular basis to help your blood glucose come down and control diabetes. Add ginger for the prevention of a cold or flu.
- Got Candida? Try Cinnamon or Cassia essential oil. Studies show how Cinnamon help stops the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the commonly problematic yeast Candida which many women suffer from.
- Cinnamon oil is proven to boost brain activity. Just sniff and experience the difference in your cognitive processing.
An effective way to relieve digestive problems is to use Cinnamon essential oil in an abdominal massage oil. It stimulates the circulation, especially to the extremities and promotes a general sense of vitality.
- Cinnamon oil makes a wonderful room fragrance. Add 8-10 drops of Cinnamon essential oil to a spray bottle with distilled water. The strong antiseptic properties of Cinnamon make it a valuable room fumigant protection against flu viruses.
- Soothe sore muscles with a massage using two tablespoons of Grapeseed oil and a couple drops of Cinnamon essential oil. Massage briskly to stimulate circulation and flush away toxins.
- Diffuse Cinnamon essential oil in a burner or vaporizer for acute bronchitis and colds.
- Trouble concentrating? Diffuse two drops of Cinnamon oil, two drops of Rosemary and five drops of Lemon essential oil in an electric burner.
- Got cold hands and feet at night? Place a drop of Cinnamon essential oil on the tongue or take a pinch of Cinnamon powder.
- To repel flies, apply diluted Cinnamon essential oil to exposed skin and dab on clothing.
Cautions: Dilute Cinnamon Essential Oil well before use; for external use only. Cinnamon oil may cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes and mucous membranes should be avoided. Cinnamon essential oil has phototoxic properties and exposure to the sun must be avoided after application to the skin.