Cinnamon

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Botanical name:           

Cinnamomum Verum - leaf or bark of young trees

Origin:

Sri Lanka, Southern India, Madagascar, Comoro Islands, Seychelles

Method of extraction:

Steam distillation

 

Color:

Yellow or golden brown (dark yellow)

 

Viscosity:

A little oily, medium to thin

 

Extracted from:

Bark or leaves

 

Note clarification:

Middle

 

Aroma:

Peppery, spicy

 

Blends well with:

Bay leaf, bergamot, cardamom, carnation, carrot, clove bud, coriander seed, eucalyptus lemon, eucalyptus radiate, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavandin, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, may chang, myrtle, nutmeg, sweet orange, oregano, palmarosa, petitgrain, palmento berry, rose absolute, tangerine, tarragon, ylang ylang

 

Therapeutic uses:

Warming, and stimulating. It’s a popular ingredient in pain relief balms and salves. It works well to warm cold limbs and ease painful joints. It is uplifting and can help with fatigue. Promotes circulation.

 

Safety:

Cinnamon leaf oil is a safer option than cinnamon bark oil. The bark oil has a high risk of irritating the skin.

(Source - Tisserand and Young, Essential Oil Safety, Second edition page 248 - 250)

Both the bark and leaf oil may inhibit blood clotting. It’s not recommended if you are on multiple medications or if you use anticoagulants.

Not recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Don’t use it in the bath because it could cause skin irritation.

Don’t use it if you have hypersensitive skin.

 

Approximate shelf life:

(Undiluted)

 5 years (refrigerated or kept in a cool dry place)

 

Notes:

When you look for cinnamon oil, buy the cinnamon leaf essential oil. The cinnamon bark oil is not recommended for home use and has very different properties to the cinnamon leaf oil..

Sources:

Please refer to the 'References and Certifications' page. 

Disclaimer:

Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women, or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist, if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. ‘A Scented Story’ is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments.