Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cinnamon leaf essential oil

Cinnamon leaf essential oil, cinnamomum verum, has a warm, spicy aroma. It it germicidal, antiseptic, and antifungal. Add a bit of cinnamon leaf, orange and clove to a diffuser or potpourri to purify the air and add a touch of warmth to your home. Cinnamon leaf essential oil is a strong skin irritant!. Cinnamon leaf oil is not recommended for direct application to the skin, and must be diluted with a carrier oil. We do not recomend cinnamon bark oil for aromatherapy as it is a strong toxin and considered to be hazardous. Cinnamon leaf essential oil is best used in a diffuser or inhaled. It is a physical and emotional stimulant and gets the blood and mind in motion. It affects the libido and is known as an aphrodisiac, as well as an antidepressant. The aroma in a room reduces drowsiness, irritability, pain and frequency of headaches. Cinnamon leaf essential oil makes a warming liniment to relax tight muscles, ease joint pain, menstrual cramps, and increase circulation.
Cinnamon, cinnamomum verum, is a tropical evergreen growing up to 15m high, with strong branches and thick scabrous bark with young shoots speckled greeny-orange. It has shiny green, leathery leaves, small white flowers and oval bluish-white berries. The leaves have a spicy smell when bruised. Essential oil is extracted by hydro-distillation (water) or steam distillation from the leaves and twigs.
Cinnamon essential oil, cinnamomum verum, blends well with following essential oils: balsam peru, caraway, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, ginger, nutmeg, rosemary, black pepper, and all the spices, coriander, frankincense, and citrus oils.
Cinnamon Leaf oil cautions - cinnamon leaf essential oil is relatively non-toxic, but can be a possible irritant because of the cinnamaldahyde. Eugenol is an irritant to the mucous membranes, so use in moderation. It can be a skin irritate, redden, and even burn sensitive skin so use carefully (no more than half drop per bath). It should be avoided in cosmetics and during pregnancy.
Cinnamon Leaf essential oil properties - Anthelmintic, antidiarrheal, antidote, antimicrobal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiputrescent, aphrodisiac, astingent, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, hemostatic, orexigenic, parasticide, refrigerant, spasmolytic, stimulant, stomachic, vermifuge.

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