Cinnamon Leaf essential oil has an aroma that fills spaces with comforting delight. It has a sweet and spicy aroma with woodsy layers. Cinnamon Leaf oil has therapeutic and aromatherapy benefits that vary from Cinnamon Bark essential oil.
A natural botanical ‘energizer,’ Cinnamon essential oil helps create an atmosphere of joy. Diffusing Cinnamon Leaf or adding it to a potpourri mix can enliven your space with a pleasing scent.
For centuries, practitioners of traditional Chinese healing arts used Cinnamon oil in herbal remedies. Some prominent soap brands add in blends of Cinnamon Leaf and Orange essential oils to create a captivating aroma.
Native to Asia, Cinnamon Leaf essential oil is derived from the leaves of unique evergreen trees through a steam distillation process. It remains in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia today as a specific for supporting good digestive function.
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Botanical Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Leaves
Blends Well With: Tangerine, Clove, and other citrus and spices
Aroma: Sweet, spicy, and warm with woody undertones
Color: Pale Brown
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
Adult Max Dilution: 0.6%
Shelf Life: 3-5 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- There are several ways to effectively use steam distilled Cinnamon Leaf essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use. 3.) Create a spray by combining 20 drops Cinnamon Leaf and 1 tablespoon 190-proof grain alcohol in a glass spray bottle. After a few hours, add 3 tablespoons of distilled water. Spray onto surfaces and in the air to refresh your space.
- Cinnamon Leaf is great in blends for colds and flu for use in a diffuser for its antimicrobial properties and immune stimulant. Its analgesic and antispasmodic properties give it a leg up in topical blends for chronic pain and its antimicrobial properties make it great in very low dilutions in blends for acne or other bacterial skin issues. It is suggested to use a maximum dilution of 2 drops of Cinnamon Leaf essential oil per ounce of carrier oil for topical application due to its hot nature and potential ability to cause skin irritation. It is not recommended for use around pets and small children or pregnant women. Some studies have also suggested that Cinnamon can lower glucose levels in the blood and acts as an antidiabetic.
- Bergamot and other citrus oils blend incredibly well with Cinnamon Leaf essential oil to help soften the edges of this hot, spicier oil. Bergamot has natural antidepressant and antianxiety qualities which can help as a mood enhancer, easing emotions and stress. Combined with Cinnamon Leaf, the two oils team up together for a warm, mentally stimulating and comforting aromatic.
- Cinnamon Leaf can be a potent essential oil to use topically to help with issues of tender sore areas from chronic pain and because of its antimicrobial abilities, it can help to target acne breakouts. However, due to the hot and spicier nature of Cinnamon Leaf essential oil, we recommend using it in combination with other oils that target skin issues and pain relief in a massage oil blend so that it does not irritate the skin. Coconut oil will trap heat under the skin and is not recommended in combination with Cinnamon Leaf if you are normally prone to feeling hot.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use essential oils are by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Cinnamon Bark essential oil is rarely necessary and not recommended, no matter the brand due to its incredibly hot nature. Ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to take essential oils internally, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
Apply Topically: Our cinnamon essential oil is made with 100% pure cinnamon extract and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. Try creating your very own diffuser blend of cinnamon spice and coconut oil. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
DELIGHTFUL: Mix together: 5 drops of Cinnamon Leaf, 5 drops of Rosemary and 5 drops of Peppermint. Add this blend to your Thera Lux Nebulizing Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
MUSCLE BLEND: Add the following to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 4 drops of Cinnamon Leaf, 3 drops of Peppermint, 5 drops of Frankincense and 8 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Avocado oil and apply to needed areas. Use it as a massage oil to loosen tight muscles and increase blood circulation. (2% dilution)
DRAWER SACHET: Fill an empty sachet bag with dried flowers, herbs or cotton balls. Add: 6-10 drops of Cinnamon Leaf to the filling before closing and place in your drawers, or hang in your closet to discourage pests.
BATHROOM SPRAY - In an 8 ounce fingertip spray bottle add: 20 drops of Cinnamon Leaf, 10 drops of Lime, 25 drops of Lemon, 25 drops of Tea Tree, 30 drops of Litsea, 18 drops of Patchouli and 16 drops of Peppermint. Fill to the top with water and shake well before each use. Use to clean shower, counters, sink, toilet, etc.
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