Note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor.
Do you need a room, car or closet air fresher? Are you having a hard time sneezing because of colds? Simply Earth has an eco-friendly product that is perfect for you – cinnamon leaf essential oil. This oil provides a great, all-natural solution to your troubles.
Let's Dig in to History
The cinnamon tree is believed to be one of the oldest plants on earth along with cedarwood, frankincense and myrrh trees. It is mentioned it in Exodus 30:23 when giving instructions to Moses on what spices to blend in making the ‘holy anointing oil’. The tree is believed to be native to Ceylon (Sri Lanka today) whose oil found the way to Egypt through trade. The cinnamon tree itself has no history traced to Egypt.
Cinnamon oil was considered a prestigious perfume only fit for Egyptian nobles (discrimination was common during the early ages); but the then Israelites slaves were also able to take hold of this precious oil from temple priests in exchange for other commodities. There are two main products derived from cinnamon trees; the essential oil and the inner-bark (ground). The oil was first found useful in healing and as perfume before the inner bark was discovered as a versatile spice.
Cinnamon tree is native to Sri Lanka. It’s a leafy evergreen tree that ranges from 6-15 meters tall. This plant is from the Lauraceae family whose first botanical name was ‘Cinnamomum zeylanicum’ – a name created after the country’s old name Ceylon and then was changed to ‘Cinnamomum verum’. Therefore, if you see these two botanical names they both point to one kind of cinnamon tree. ‘Cinnamomum verum’ bears white to light green flowers and tiny purple single-seed fruits. The leaves turn thick and leathery upon maturity.
The aroma of the rough outer bark is very distinctive. It is shaved off to get the inner bark which is used as cinnamon powder, one of the top spices in the world. The essential oil is extracted from the leaves by steam distillation. Cinnamon trees are commercially cultivated in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, Madagascar, Brazil, Burma and other tropical countries. About two thirds of the world’s cinnamon leaf essential oil supply including that of Simply Earth comes from Sri Lanka.
The oil is thin and is light brown in color. This aromatic oil blends well with clove, tangerine, rosemary, lavender and other citrus oils and spices. There are many different ways to use this oil as it helps enhance the scent of other oils and herbs.
10 Important Uses of Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
1. Add to holiday blends for a spicy, warm and comforting scent.
The spicy scent of cinnamon leaf essential oil is warming and strong. Use it sparingly as it can irritate mucus membranes. Blend it with gentle essential oils like lavender, sweet orange and other citrus oils to warm up the indoor atmosphere.
2. Use in cleaning blends for its disinfecting properties.
Cinnamon leaf essential oil kills viruses, bacteria, and fungus. Blend it with other oils like orange, tangerine and other citrus oils. Use it in every part of the house, kitchen appliances, countertops, shoes, tables and chairs.
3. Add to an antifungal foot soak.
Soaking the feet in warm water with a drop of cinnamon leaf essential oil can help fungal infections. This also works well in preventing odor if you use closed footwear throughout the day while altogether soothing tired and aching feet.
4. Add to digestive blends.
Add a drop of cinnamon leaf oil to a digestive blend consisting of sweet orange, German Chamomile, Cardamom, Ginger, and a carrier oil to help ease stomach pain caused by indigestion and other factors. Massage on the stomach several times throughout the day.
5. Use to repel mosquitos and other insects.
Commercially produced mosquito repellents contain hazardous (DEET). Cinnamon leaf essential oil is natural and ecofriendly. Its aroma is so powerful in deterring black ants, cockroaches, flies and mosquitoes. Use it in a diffuser, burner or spray around the house/furniture/mattresses to keep these insects at bay.
6. Kills bacteria and fungus
Bacteria, viruses and fungi can cause diseases and other health problems. A blend of essential oils with cinnamon leaf oil can help stop these organisms from spreading.
If you need something to warm up your life, cinnamon leaf essential oil is the answer. It is stimulating, energizing and warming! Add it to warming essential oil blends or diffuse it for a warm aroma.
Cinnamon essential oil is well acknowledged as an effective antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. That makes it excellent for cleaning or diffusing around the home. It’s scent is pleasing and will help kill viruses quickly.
9. Helps relieve inflammation
Cinnamon leaf oil’s anti-inflammatory property works well in relieving pain and inflammation/swelling/redness. When used in a massage oil, it helps warm and ease inflammation in swollen muscles and joints. Be sure to check and follow dilution guide before using - Cinnamon essential oil has a dermal maximum of .6%.
10. Spicy and invigorating
The spicy and warm scent of cinnamon leaf essential oil makes one feel stronger, more focused. It gives you more energy to tackle the day’s work with positive attitude and balanced emotions.
What More Can We Say?
The cinnamon leaf essential oil and the powder derived from the dried inner bark of the tree are equally useful and beneficial. The oil has many uses and benefits. Cinnamon powder or sticks are an indispensable ingredient in food preparations. Although the uses of this powder are not discussed here, almost everyone has tasted the typical cinnamon roll & muffin. I cannot end this blog post without saying that I love my coffee with cinnamon powder on top; the aroma and taste are very heartwarming! And how would anyone know that cinnamon could also contribute to weight loss.
Quick Safety Reminders
The oil from cinnamon leaves is highly concentrated; it can cause irritation when used undiluted in large doses. Use it with caution by checking dilution instructions especially when intended to be used topically. The cinnamon powder is well received as spice for foods but the oil is not to be taken internally. Always get advice from an essential oil professional or healthcare provider before using cinnamon essential oil and other oils internally.
There is no law in the USA that requires one to be licensed; however, the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy certifies those who have completed 200 hours of training.
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