CINNAMON LEAF OIL
(Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)

Plant Family
Lauraceae

Synonyms
Cinnamomum verum, Laurus cinnamomum, Ceylon cinnamon, true cinnamon
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Description and Distribution
A tropical evergreen tree reaching up to 60 feet (18 m), with a highly aromatic bark, shiny leaves and clusters of yellow flowers followed by bluish-white berries.   It is a native of Sri Lanka, India and Madagascar and is also cultivated in Jamaica and Africa.

Nature of the Oil
Cinnamon leaf oil is a yellowish liquid with a much less refined, hot and spicy aroma.   The odour effect of cinnamon is warming and stimulating; a reputed aphrodisiac.

Main Constituents

Cinnamon Leaf Oil: eugenol (80-95 percent) eugenol acetate, cinnamaldehyde, benzyl benzoate, linalool.

Properties
Antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiputresscent, cardiac stimulant, carminative, circulatory stimulant, digestive, emmenagoguic, febrifugal, haemostatic, parasticidal, stomachic, vermifugal.

Aroma therapeutic Uses.

Cinnamon leaf Oil  can be vaporized as an antidepressant room scent or as a fumigant during infectious illness.

Cautions
Cinnamon Leaf Oil is highly irritant to skin and mucous membranes.   Avoid skin applications of the oil and also steam inhalations.  However, the oils may be used in low concentrations in a vaporizer as room scent or fumigant.

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