20 November 2008

Botanical Name
Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Origin
Indonesia
Cultivated in Sri Lanka and India

Color
Golden Yellow/Brown

Consistency/Viscosity
Slightly oily feeling, watery to medium viscosity

Perfumery Note
Middle

Aroma
Much richer in aroma than ground cinnamon. Peppery, earthy, spicy, bright yet slightly woodsy

Strength of Initial Aroma
Strong

Extraction Method
Steam Distillation. This oil is extracted from the leaf and the bark of the cinnamon tree. The oil extracted from the leaves is more refined and is mostly used

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Eugenol, eugenol acetate, cinnamic aldehyde, benzyl benzoate, Beta Caryophyllene, Linalol and Methyl chavicol

Therapeutic Properties
Antiseptic, antibiotic, astringent, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, insecticide, stimulant, stomachic and antispasmodic

Warning
  • Apply topically or diffuse
  • MUST BE DILUTED in carrier oil before topical application
  • DO NOT APPLY TO FACE OR SENSITIVE AREAS

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)

  • Cinnamon essential oil is used for prevention of infection in the respiratory tract, rheumatism, arthritis and general pains
  • It soothes the exhausted feeling of depression
  • It helps in stimulating the glandular system thereby easing period pains
  • For combating internal infection, add a few drops to a glass of water
  • Used as an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-infectious, anti-viral, anti-fungal. Sexual stimulant, increases blood flow where previously restricted
  • Can offer support in cases of tropical infection, typhoid, vaginitis
  • Cinnamon essential oil has traditionally been used for fast relief of infections of the bladder and the digestive tract, as well as enzymatic deficiency in the gut
  • Cinnamon oil has an extremely high antioxidant capacity, second only to clove oil
  • The oil may also be beneficial for improving circulation and supporting the immune system through viral and bacterial infections
  • Used as a sexual stimulant, though it should not be used externally on sensitive skin (except in highly dilute concentrations - and then never on sensitive areas) due to its powerful nature a diffuser would be best to experience this effect. Otherwise, dilute 1:50 in a carrier oil before application
  • Others : constipation, exhaustion, flatulence, lice, low blood pressure, scabies, stress
Precaution
  • Mucous membrane irritant and strong skin sensitizer
  • Avoid in alcoholism, in haemophilia, in prostatic cancer, with kidney and liver problems and if taking anticoagulants
  • Only the oil from the leaf should be used
  • It should be avoided in pregnancy
  • High dosages can cause convulsions
  • The oil from the bark of cinnmon should not be used in aromatherapy coz too hazardous
  • Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
  • Not to be used with children less than 5 years old
Blend With
Benzoin, Cardamom, Cloves, Coriander, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, lemon, orange, geranium

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