We have never offered Cinnamon Leaf oil before, because I honestly never experienced a sample that didn’t smell muddy and lifeless. This oil, product of a dedicated highly skilled distiller is different. Light, vibrant, full of life, it is a beautiful oil. Far less sensitizing than our Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, but still a skin irritant and possible sensitizer so should be used highly diluted. The aroma is similar to a blend of cinnamon and clove (because of its high eugenol content). Cinnamon leaf is a powerful broad spectrum anti-infectious oil, also anti fungal. Highly diluted it can be an effective addition to tooth and gum care blends. Diffused it may be helpful in respiratory blends. Emotionally some authorities recommend it for feelings of isolation, loneliness and fear. It is also said to stimulate creativity.
Recent studies have indicated that Cinnamon Leaf and Ginger, in synergy, are an effective analgesic and rubifactant. The combination of the two are more effective at lower dilutions than either one alone.
WARNING: Please avoid use during pregnancy or with children under five. Cinnamon Leaf may induce menstruation or stimulate childbirth contractions. As mentioned above, it is a strong skin irritant. Avoid use of Cinnamon Leaf if you are on anti-coagulant therapy (blood thinners).
**For other possible oils to avoid, please see our Contraindications page.
What is the difference between Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil and this Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil we also offer? Analysis of the two oils shows the differences in their chemical makeup. GC/MS analysis of Cinnamon Bark and Cinnamon Leaf oils are offered for your comparison below. As you can see, the bark oil is high in cinnamaldehyde while the leaf oil is highest in eugenol. The two do share some common components.
Certificate of Analysis:
Cinnamon Bark 2011
Cinnamon Leaf 2012
Cinnamon Leaf Feb 2015
Cinnamon Leaf Batch No. B225010