Botanical name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum, also Verum
Method: Steam distillation
Part used: Leaf, sometimes also twigs.
Colour: light yellow.
Aroma: Warm, spicy, more musky than the bark oil.
The oil made from the Cinnamon leaves is a lighter oil, with a higher eugenol content. It is more often used in aromatherapy, where it is considered to be uplifting.
It is also used as an anti inflammatory and to increase circulation.
Cinnamon oil a natural disinfectant, and a strong germicide, is also used as an insect repellent.
It is included in various gargles and toothpastes.
Beneficial in the treatment of respiratory tract ailments.
While more gentle than the bark oil, it should still be used with caution, and not during pregnancy.