Cinnamon leaf essential oil balances body chemicals, and aids the transmission of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. The leaf also reduces the symptoms of other mental related ailments like depression, anxiety, mental tension and nervousness. Dopamine on its own is credited as being a mood enhancer which triggers positive thoughts. This leaf oil also contains a variant of Eugenol. Eugenol reduces gastrointestinal problems like nausea and upset stomachs. It also contains a chemical known by the name of cinnameldehyde. This chemical compound is a natural pain reliever and also has some anti-inflammatory properties. It affects the metabolism of glucose, and this in turn increases insulin sensitivity which will immediately reduce the risk of developing diabetes type 2. It is also a naturally occurring aphrodisiac and can increase sexual function and performance. It can increase sexual potency in both sexes.
Instructions for Use
Cinnamon leaf oil is best when diffused since it is known to be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes.
History and Additional Information
Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years by the Egyptians and others to to cure ailments such as overactive bile production, and lack of sexual libido. It was also used in wine production and acted as an early sedative.
- Latin/botanical name: Cinnamomum verum
- Other names: Cannelier de Ceylan, Batavia Cassia, Batavia Cinnamon, Cannelle de Ceylan, Cannelle de Saïgon, Cannelle du Sri Lanka
- Family: Lauraceae
- Part of plant used: leaves and stem
- Place of origin: Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Malabar Coast of India and Burma
- Odor/fragrance: peppery, spicy, earthy, bright and woodsy
- Color: golden brown
- Aroma strength: thin – medium
- Consistency: slightly oily to the touch
- Note: middle
Blending Suggestions: this oil complements lavender, rosemary, thyme, citruses, spice-like oils, myrtle, nutmeg, clove and olibanum
Safety Precautions for this Essential Oil: avoid cinnamon leaf essential oil during pregnancy. It is not good for sensitive skin as cinnamon oil is known to irriate the skin and can prove to be toxic to the epidermis. Avoid using for baths and in skin care products.
Buy Essential Oil:
Highest Quality: Mountain Rose Herbs
Expect to pay a bit more for a higher quality oil. Always choose the highest quality oil if you plan on using internally or topically.
Best Value per ounce: Aura Cacia
This brand is less expensive per ounce, but still offers a great value.