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Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

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Cinnamon Leaf essential oil is known to relieve symptoms of colds, severe coughs and sneezing and provides many other benefits for health, such as its insulin-like effects useful for diabetics. It can work wonders as a quick pick-me-up or stress buster after a long and tiring day, or if you want to soothe your aching muscles and joints

This oil has a warm and antispasmodic effect on your body that helps ease muscular aches, sprains, rheumatism and arthritis. It's also a tonic that assists in reducing drowsiness and gives you an energy boost if you're physically and mentally exhausted

Botanical Family, Origin & Extraction: Laureaceae (laurel); Ceylon; Steam distillation of leaves

Derived from the Cinnamomum tree, Cinnamon Leaf and Cinnamon Bark are extracted from two different parts of the tree.

  • For Cinnamon Leaf, the leaves are put through steam distillation.
  • As for Cinnamon Bark, the bark of the tree is also steam distilled.

A 2007 study by the Universidad de Murcia in Spain found that both Cinnamon Leaf and Cinnamon Bark were rich with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Cinnamon Leaf has a higher eugenol content, an antiseptic and anesthetic phenylpropene, making it ideal for aches. It can also soothe away the weight of sorrow by lifting the mood and prompting cheer.
  • In Cinnamon Bark, the higher levels of cinnamaldehyde increase its antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Its healing properties are powerful against harmful microbes. Cinnamon Bark is also a great insecticide and fungicide for plant. 

Properties: Anti-parasitic, analgesic, anti-Inflammatory, anti-viral, immune-boosting, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, emmenagogue, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge, anti-rheumatic, detoxifying, immunostimulant, antioxidant, aphrodisiac, stimulant, anti-depressant, expectorant, warming, stimulating, energizing, metabolism-boosting, cleansing and astringent

Aromatic Influence: Musky, sweet, pepper, balsamic, spicy and floral scent, and a light-yellow tinge that distinguishes it from the red-brown color of cinnamon bark oil

Other Possible Uses: In aromatherapy applications, Cinnamon’s scent can be diffused to address lethargy, irritability, unhealthy cravings, and a tendency to overindulge when eating, as it is reputed to facilitate the sensation of being full. It is an insect repellent and has good anti-termitic (termite-repelling) properties, it can help ward off rice weevils and it may inhibit yellow fever-carrying mosquitoes

Historical Uses: Cinnamon oil is one of the oldest aromatics which has also enjoyed an illustrious history as a spice and medicine. It has an expansive range of medicinal applications that have been embraced by many cultures throughout history, including the treatment of arthritis, diarrhoea, infections, menstrual disorders, nausea, rheumatism and sore throats.

In the Old Testament of the Bible, (Exodus XXX, 23) the Lord spoke to Moses and gave him the formula for a holy anointing oil containing myrrh, cinnamon, cassia, calamus, and olive oil. And in Egypt, cinnamon was used for embalming purposes, medicine and incense, whilst in medieval Europe it was highly prized as a flavouring as well as an aromatic in religious rites

Directions for Use: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for internal consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20)*

  • Dilute 1 drop of oil into 2-4 teaspoons of honey or 8-12 oz of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk) 
  • Use 6-8 drops in a diffuser of your choice; do not inhale closely as this may cause burning sensation to the nostrils and eyes
  • Apply well-diluted to flex points and areas of concern, using a combination of vegetable oils (coconut, grapeseed, olive, and almond carrier oil)

Safety Considerations

  • Repeated use can result in extreme contact sensitization
  • Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6-14 years old; test small area on feet
  • Do not apply near eyes or in eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes
  • Do not use in an inhaler as nasal membranes will be irritated
  • Do not apply undiluted to skin as it may irritate sensitive skin due to high amount of phenols (test area first)
  • The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe
  • Avoid during pregnancy and while nursing
  • You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis
  • Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem
  • Stop using this product if you suspect an allergic reaction
  • Use cinnamon oil in moderation and properly diluted, as high dosages may lead to convulsions in some individuals. If this symptom occurs, stop using the oil and consult a healthcare practitioner immediately

GC/MS Report: The analysis of our Cinnamon leaf batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Cinnamomum zeylanicum. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

*Mockingbird Apothecary does not recommend ingestion of essential oils

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