Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil – The Spicy Germ Killer

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The utterly recognizable warm and inviting aroma of cinnamon has been enticing humans for centuries. Because of its extremely antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, when diffused, cinnamon leaf essential oil kills airborne cold and flu germs! It also helps to stimulate the immune system, boosting your body's ability to fight off infection. I am utterly fond of cinnamon leaf essential oil, using it profusely during the fall and winter seasons!

CINNAMON LEAF
ESSENTIAL OIL PROFILE

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum verum, Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Country of Origin:
Sri Lanka, India, and South-East Asia
Extraction Method:
 Steam Distilled
Plant Parts:
 Leaves
Aromatic Scent:
Warm spicy scent, similar to Cinnamon Bark and Clove
Blends Well With:
 cedarwood, citrus oils, clove bud, eucalyptus, fir needle, frankincense, ginger, lavender, neroli, Rosalina, rosemary, thyme, vanilla, ylang-ylang
Can Be Substituted With:
 cinnamon bark (for diffusion), clove bud, ginger
Medicinal Properties:
 Analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, cardiac, carminative, emmenagogue, hemostatic, insecticidal, stimulant, stomachic, vermifuge
Kid Safe: Yes. Safe for use on/around babies and children 6+ months
Safety Cautions:
 Avoid use if pregnant. Avoid topical use with children under 6 months old. A maximum dilution of 0.5% (5 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil)  is recommended for topical applications. May cause irritation to the skin. Cinnamon bark essential oil should be avoided in all dermal applications because it is very irritating and known to cause sensitization.

PHYSICAL USES FOR CINNAMON LEAF EO

The warming sensation that cinnamon leaf essential oil brings can be very helpful to the physical body. The combination of its pain-relieving, antibacterial, and antiviral benefits make it a great essential oil for use during colds, the flu, and even for menstrual cramps. There are many physical uses for cinnamon leaf essential oil, including:

  • bug sprays
  • catarrh/coughs
  • circulation
  • colds/flu
  • congestion
  • digestion
  • gas
  • germs
  • immune support
  • menstrual cramps
  • nausea
  • pain relief
  • rheumatism

EMOTIONAL USES FOR CINNAMON LEAF EO

The comforting spicy scent of cinnamon has been used for centuries to warm the spirit, attract the opposite sex, and even inspire creativity. Cinnamon evokes the warmth of the hearth, holidays, and family. Cinnamon leaf essential oil can be used to help:

  • creative inspiration
  • depression
  • generates warmth
  • melancholy

WHERE CAN YOU FIND CINNAMON LEAF EO?

Cinnamon leaf essential oil can be purchased from many of your favorite essential oil companies! This oil is pretty common on the market, but my two favorite places to purchase it, Plant Therapy and Mountain Rose Herbs, carry organic versions!

CINNAMON LEAF RECIPES

I use cinnamon leaf essential oil in so many recipes, it's hard to choose just one! These are the recipes currently on my blog that utilize cinnamon leaf essential oil (The top two blends work great in the diffuser!):

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