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Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon Oil
Cinnamon Oil
    

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Leaf or Bark
(The bark oil should be avoided in topical applications.)

Color: Golden Yellow/Brown

Consistency: Slightly oily feeling

Perfumery Note: Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong

Aromatic Description: Much richer in aroma than ground cinnamon. (Ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks is usually not cinnamon at all but is cassia.

Cinnamon Essential Oil is peppery, earthy, spicy, bright yet slightly woodsy. Oil distilled from the bark of the cinnamon tree is preferred over the oil distilled from the leaves. Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, however, tends to be much more costly.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon Powder and Sticks

Cinnamon Oil Uses: Constipation, exhaustion, flatulence, lice, low blood pressure, rheumatism, scabies, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 58-67.]

Constituents: Eugenol, eugenol acetate, cinnamic aldehyde, benzyl benzoate. [B. Lawrence, "Cinnamon Leaf and Bark Oil," Perfumer & Flavorist, August/September 1978, 54, cited in Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 1997), 154.]

Safety Information: Cinnamon Oil is a 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. The oil from the bark is too hazardous. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 130.]

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General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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