A pale yellow volatile oil that is steam distilled from the leaves of the Ceylon Cinnamon tree. Not to be confused with the bark oil from the same tree.
Cinnamomum zeylanicum Leaf Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil are:
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A strengthening and warming oil helpful in creams and gels for pre sports activity. It is an antispasmodic so will relax the muscles.
Helps to warm up cold and aching muscles and joints in the body.
There is no specific hair care benefit.
Add to a foot bath diluted in a carrier oil to make a warming foot soak for cold feet.
Diffuse in an oil burner as an insecticide. A few drops on a paper towel and wiped across the glass in an open window will deter insects from flying into the room.
Combine with Lemon, Clove and Blood Orange to make a natural home deodoriser.
Mix with Blood Orange, Clove and Frankincense for a fragrance that smells very Christmassy.
Combines well with floral oils such as Ylang Ylang.
Benzoin adds a wonderful depth and makes it smell more rounded.
Do not use during pregnancy. Do not use on already hot or inflamed skin. Do not use with Black Pepper, as combined, they will irritate the skin. It contains a lot of eugenol which can be a skin irritant as well as irritating to mucous membranes.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists as a vermifuge which means it will expel intestinal parasites.
It can stimulate the stomach improving a sluggish digestion.
Useful with persistent diarrhoea and nausea.
The Ancient Egyptians used the oil for combatting excess bile which is utilising its digestive qualities.
Used as a temple incense as it would also cleanse and purify the air. In biblical times, it was more valuable than gold.
In 15th Century, it was blended with Clove, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Lemon oils and called the Four Thieves Blend to be used by grave robbers to protect them against the plague.