Cinnamon leaf oil (Cinnamomum verum) has a long tradition of use as an herbal medicine and as a spice in cooking. In Ancient Greece, it was used as an incense, and the ancient Egyptians used it in foot massage. Native to India, Madagascar and Sri Lanka, the wood is harvested every two years and the oil is extracted from the leaves of the tree and has a warm, spicy fragrance.
Precautions When Using Cinnamon Oil
There are two types of cinnamon oil: cinnamon leaf, and cinnamon bark, which should not be confused. Cinnamon bark can be irritating to the skin if use in to high of levels.
Both should also be avoided during pregnancy.
Cinnamon Leaf Oil for the Body
According to Ascent Therapies, a complementary therapy center, cinnamon leaf oil is a versatile oil, and its warming properties can help ease the symptoms of many common ailments such as chills, colds and flu when used in the formulation of a cream or lotion. It can also be dissolved in boiling water and inhaled as a treatment for various coughs and to alleviate respiratory congestion.
Cinnamon oil stimulates circulation, which in turn can help ease rheumatism.
Cinnamon oil promotes movement in the body, so it is helpful in removing toxins, particularly from the digestive tract, helping with sluggish digestive systems and stimulating the appetite.
Cinnamon Leaf Oil for Mind and Spirit
In her book, "The Essential Oils Handbook," author Jennie Harding states that cinnamon leaf transforms low vitality and lack of motivation into a zest for life. It also fires up creativity and boosts new ideas. Additionally, it can be used to help ease depression and feelings of hopelessness, as well as relieve physical exhaustion.