Cinnamon oil is extracted from Cinnamomum zeylanicum from the Lauraceae family. The plant is also known by the names C. verum and Laurus Cinnamomum. This spicy essential oil is widely used in aromatherapy and helps with physical exhaustion and feelings of depression and weakness. It has strong anti-rheumatic properties and is beneficial for the digestive system. It also helps with colds and flu.
Essential oil of cinnamon leaves has a warm, spicy aroma with a mild scent of musk. Its color is yellow. The oil from the bark of the tree has a red-brown color, but it is not used in aromatherapy. The viscosity of the oil is medium to watery.
Leaves, twigs and inner dried peels are subjected to steam distillation. The leaves yield a yield of about 1.6-1.8% and the bark 0.5-1% oil.
The main chemical components of essential oil derived from leaves, eugenol, acetate, eugenol, cinnamaldehyde and benzyl benzoate.
The cinnamon oil extracted from the leaves is not toxic. Care must be taken, however, as the oil contains cinnamaldehyde and eugenol, and they can cause irritation especially on mucous membranes. Its use should be avoided during pregnancy. High doses may cause convulsions. Oil extracted from the cinnamon bark is not used in aromatherapy and should be avoided as it contains dermal toxins that irritate the skin.
The therapeutic properties of the cinnamon oil are: analgesic, antiseptic, antibiotic, spasmolytic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cardiovascular, emmenagogue, insecticide, stimulant, tonic and anthelmintic agent.
Cinnamon essential oil is used for respiratory infections, rheumatism, and arthritis. It relieves depression, tones the body and stimulates a system of glands, thus relieving pain.