Category Archives: Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Boswelia caterii
Country of Origin- Somalia, Ethopia
The aroma is warm, sweet, balsamic, spicy and incense like. It is anti-infectious, analgesic, good for skin disorders and excellent for meditation and centering one self.
Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy.

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil- Is it Powerful?

Hello,

Lots of people ask me what is one of the most powerful essential oils?  For me it is Cinnamon Leaf not Cinnamon Bark however I have decided to really go into depth about Cinnamon Leaf and Cinnamon Bark for the next 3 months. We will discuss their therapeutic  properties, how to use them and their contraindications through videos on my Youtube Channel called Learning Essential Oils with Lorrie .

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil- Cinnamomum verum J.Presl (Syn : Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume)

Botanical Family- Lauraceae

Country of Origin- Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Indochina

Major Chemical Constituents- Eugenol (<= 85,00%) Eugenyl acetate (<= 8,00%) Benzyl benzoate (<= 7,00%) Beta caryophyllene (1,50 to 7,00%) Cinnamal (Cinnamaldehyde) (<= 3,00%)

Cinnamon Leaf in Madagascar

The aroma is  spicy, stimulating, warm, and sweet. It is middle note in perfumery. Cinnamon leaves are steam distilled. The color- pale yellow to brownish. Cinnamon leaf is high in a phenol called eugenol. Eugenol has also shown excellent antimicrobial activity in studies, being active against fungi and a wide range of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria (Marchese A, Barbieri R, Coppo E, Orhan IE, Daglia M, Nabavi SF, Izadi M, Abdollahi M, Nabavi SM, Ajami M. 2017)

Eugenol molecular structure

Cinnamon leaf essential oil also has shown to be effective against Salmonella Newport on organic leafy greens. (Todd J, Friedman M, Patel J, Jaroni D, Ravishankar S. 2013)

In my  five videos, you will learn how to effectively and safely use Cinnamon leaf essential oil  in formulations for colds, flus, coughs, as a protective air spray and for the chills! In these videos, you will see what essential oils that I have combined with Cinnamon leaf.  Here are the essential oils that combine well with Cinnamon Leaf (Hargis L. 2015)

Clove*, Orange, Lemon, Bergamot, Nutmeg*, Coriander, Cardamom, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Niaouli, Ravintsara, Tea Tree, Black Pepper, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Rose*, Myrrh, Lavender, Lime, Pine, Mandarin Red or Green, Oregano, Thyme thymol, Thyme linalol, Savory, Spearmint, Spikenard, Wintergreen, Yarrow and Ylang Ylang

Contraindications- Do not diffuse alone; always blend with other essential oils. Do not use in pregnancy. Skin Irritant. Do not use in bath or steam inhalation. Do not use on children under 8 years of age. When using Cinnamon leaf only use in 0.25 max in most IFRA categories. Please contact me for more information my IFRA calculator  at lorrie@lorriehargis.com

To get more information on Cinnamon leaf –  Here is my Video –

What is Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil?

 

Check out my book, Common Scents, A Practical Guide to Aromatherapy 

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References:

Marchese A, Barbieri R, Coppo E, Orhan IE, Daglia M, Nabavi SF, Izadi M, Abdollahi M, Nabavi SM, Ajami M. 2017, Activity of eugenol and essential oils containing eugenol: A mechanistic viewpoint. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2834603

Todd J1Friedman MPatel JJaroni DRavishankar S. 2013, The antimicrobial effects of cinnamon leaf oil against multi-drug resistant Salmonella Newport on organic leafy greens.

Hargis L, 2015 Common Scents, A Practical Guide to Aromatherapy  French Kitchen Table Publishing

*IFRA- Rose and Clove contain methyleugenol which is considered a skin Irritant when combining Cinnamon leaf with them  this could cause  formulations to exceed the IFRA restriction limits to be considered safe. Nutmeg contains safrole which can only be used in very small amounts and Cinnamon leaf contains small amounts blending them together can cause restrictions in formulations according to the IFRA Standards.

Enjoy all the wonderful attributes of Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil.

Don’t Forget Your Essentials, Use Your Common Scents,

Lorrie

Lorrie Hargis, RA

Ointments for Cuts when Gardening

Hello Everyone,
I am out the door to Sri Lanka to see this beautiful island of spices however I first wanted to share this Ointment for Cuts when Gardening because this is the time of year we are clearing out the summer garden and putting in the garden for winter. Each year I make a patch of salve which you can get the recipe for on page 23 and 24 of my book, Common Scents, A Practical Guide to Aromatherapy or you can purchase a ready made ointment like Golden Salve by Natures Sunshine.
Heres the recipe:
1 T. Homemade Salve or ready made (Golden Salve)
1 T. Aloe Vera Gel
3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
6 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

In a bowl,mix the Salve and Aloe Vera Gel until they are blended well together. Add the essential oils and mix thoroughly. You will have a very cool, refreshing salve to the touch. Wash cuts thoroughly and place Ointment on cuts. Repeat as needed.
Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy.

Here is the video

Don’t forget your Essentials, Use your Common Scents.

Can’t wait to share with you about Sri Lanka.

Au Revoir,

Lorrie

Lavender, Lavender All day has been Lavender

Hello Everyone,

Today, has been such a hot, sunny yet calm day with the Lavender ( Lavandula officinalis) is being harvested. My friend, Joel who has been helping to take care of the plants on Domaine de Castillou, in the South of France where I live. Domaine de Castillou is an organic farm where lavender, rosemary, sage and 3 different kinds of thyme are grown.

The harvest started this morning : in the large fields the lavender was cut by machine however the smaller fields in the hills were cut by hand by my dear friend Joel. He showed me how to cut the lavender by hand. My daughter Zoe filmed us in the lavender field which you will see on this blog. Most people who are close to me understand that Lavender is a very special plant and essential oil to me. It is the essential oil that introduced to me how effective essential oils can be on the nervous system. Here is my Love Story about Lavender essential oil. My son, Burt had

Lavender on Domaine de Castillou

Zoe, my daughter, Joel harvester and I cutting Lavender on Domaine de Castillou

stuttered since the age of four. He often repeated words like, You see, you see, you see.” From the ages of four to six , I took him to a speech pathologist for this stuttering problem. The pathologist said, the school system would probably lose him between the cracks, because he most likely wouldn’t qualify for help.

This is exactly what happened I made unsuccessful attempts to get him into a program. During fourth grade we changed schools and he was finally accepted into a speech therapy program but refused to go because he was embarrassed. When Burt was nine years old, we started putting five to ten drops of Lavender in his bath each night after reading that Lavender was calming. After one month we all realized Burt was no longer strutting. This is what convinced us to start experimenting with essential oils. Burt will be 34 years old in July and still uses Lavender in his bath. He no longer stutters. He has realized this is his signature plant.  A signature plant is one that helps the person come back in balance. Lavender plant person when imbalanced hits their heads a lot and doesn’t watch for themselves. This has happened to my son Burt many times. You see Burt is cowboy, horse chiropractor and horse shoer. He has been bucked off, fallen on and been in my different kinds of situations with horses. Burt has hit his head a few times you could say and lavender has always revived him. I love Burt and Lavender. They are meant for each other.

Au Revoir, Don’t forget your Essentials, Use your Common Scents,

Lorrie