Go ahead, spice things up!
You can always count on this essential oil to help you ring in the cooler seasons! Cozy, spicy, and all things nice, cinnamon leaf (Cinnamomum verum) essential oil is most commonly used in the cooler months of autumn and winter to bring alive those warm, whimsical aromas. Historically, cinnamon leaf was regularly used by Chinese practitioners in herbal remedies, specifically to support digestive function interesting, eh?
What does cinnamon leaf look like?
Most people when they think of cinnamon, they instantly think of cinnamon sticks. Well, where do those spicy sticks come from? Well believe it or not, our essential oil is from the leaves of the plant. Cinnamon leaf is steam distilled from the cinnamon leaves of the evergreen trees- that's right, trees! They have a spicy aroma, albeit slightly different from cassia bark, which is the essential oil derived from the cinnamon bark. It is a thin consistency and is pale brown in color.
Where does it come from?
Well, it's certainly not from around these parts! Cinnamon leaf is native to Asia. Our cinnamon leaf specifically comes all the way from Sri Lanka, Asia.
Bet you didn’t know…
Essential oil users often mix up cinnamon leaf and cassia bark, it can be easy to do, believing that they're the same essential oil. In fact, cinnamon leaf comes from the leaf like we had mentioned earlier, while cassia bark comes from the bark, as their names suggest. Cassia bark has an aroma more reminiscent of the cinnamon spice, with different aromatherapy benefits. Cinnamon leaf essential oil blends well with citrus and spicy essential oils: tangerine, sweet orange and clove bud to name a few. Go ahead, get blending something devine with a little citrus and a little spice!
Here are a few quick tips:
- To bring a little extra joy to your day, diffuse cinnamon leaf alone or combine with some citrus oils.
- Add a little cinnamon leaf essential oil to potpourri before entertaining holiday guests.
- Warm tired muscles by diluting 3 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil with 1 oz skin care oil and applying as a muscle rub.
- Create a seasonal germ fighting spray by combining 18 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil with 1 tsp skin care oil and 2 oz water. Mist airspace to apply.
- Blend cinnamon leaf essential oil with clove, nutmeg and sweet orange for a cozy, autumnal aroma.
Add this spicy friend to your collection.