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Cinnamon Leaf
Cinnamon Leaf
Cinnamon Leaf
Cinnamon zeylanicum: family Laureacae

Plant Origin: Spain
Method: Steam distilled from leaves
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Aldehydes/Phenols
Aroma: Warm, Spicy, but not as sweet as Cinnamon Bark essential oil
Note (Evaporation Rate): Base
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot# CNL-102
eugenol 69.77%
(E) cinnamaldehyde 2.86%
linool 2.48%
eugenol acetate 1.45%
(E) cinnamyl acetate 0.94%
Safrole 0.57%
Children? Not for children orally under 6. See Safety information below.
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Avoid use if expecting major surgery, as it may inhibit blood clotting. See Safety information below.
Medication/Health Condition Contraindicated Orally: Anticoagulant, Antidepressants (MAOI or SSRI); Childbirth, Liver/Kidney disease, Major Surgery, Peptic Ulcer, Hemophilia
Therapeutic Uses
Cinnamon Leaf essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Antiseptic 
Arthritis 
Athlete’s foot  
Bacterial 
Blood Pressure 
Calming 
Chicken Pox 
Circulation 
Colds 
Coughs, mucus  
Cystis 
Dandruff 
Deodorant 
Exhaustion  
Fatigue 
Fevers 
Fungus 
Heart 
Herpes 
Inflammation 
Insects 
Joint aches and pains 
Muscles, aches, injury 
Pain 
Parasites 
Recuperation after long illness 
Respiratory 
Sedative, central nervous system, cardiac 
Sprains 
Urinary antiseptic 
Vaginitis 
Virus

For soap making and potpourri, cinnamon leaf blends especially well with clove and orange. If seeking the aroma of cinnamon as you know the spice powder, purchase Cinnamon Bark.
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented lotion or unscented cream and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil. Skin irritation risk. Maximum dermal use level (based on 87% eugenol content): 0.6%

Inhalation: May irritate mucus membranes if directly inhaled (Tisserand: low risk). It is suggested to diffuse in combination with other oils to dilute the effect.

Internal: Cinnamon Leaf is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. Due to the potential skin-irritating properties in Cinnamon Leaf, Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt feels the preferred mode of use is internally, ideally taken by capsule diluted with a suitable carrier oil. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
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Dilute one drop in a tsp. of honey.
Tisserand: Maximum adult oral daily is about 5 drops.

Medication/Health Condition Contraindicated Orally: Anticoagulant, Antidepressants (MAOI or SSRI); Childbirth, Liver/Kidney disease, Major Surgery, Peptic Ulcer, Hemophilia

Children: Not recommended for children orally under six years old, and use with caution and in greater dilution for children over six.
Safety
Tisserand (p. 652-3): Not for children orally under 6 years old, and use with caution and in greater dilution for children older than six. 
Tisserand (p. 651): "Do not expose children of five years or less to strong essential oil vapors."

Medication/Health Condition Contraindicated Orally: Anticoagulant, Antidepressants (MAOI or SSRI); Childbirth, Liver/Kidney disease, Major Surgery, Peptic Ulcer, Hemophilia

May be sensitizing due to aldehydes. Moderate risk (Tisserand p. 249).

Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider. 
References
Purchon, Nerys; Cantele, Lora, Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, 2014, pages 47-48.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 249-250, 252-253, 261.
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 2016, page 579. 
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