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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

Fire and Smoke Exacerbate and Cause Breathing Problems!! Can Essential Oils Help?

Hello,
I have been staying in California this summer visiting family and friends! I love my home state however this year the fires and smoke have kept the Golden State under siege with damaged lands, homes and health!

My students in my aromatherapy certification program have clients who cannot get out of their homes due to existing breathing problems and others who don’t normally have breathing problems are starting to suffer because they have get out to do their daily work . The population most at risk are children, older adults, and those with asthma, COPD and bronchitis or chronic heart disease and diabetes. You can see the ash on homes, cars and anything sitting outside. So what is this doing to our bronchioles and lungs?

Here is what the lung association says, “One of the many pollutants found in wildfire smoke is particle pollution, which is a mix of very tiny solid and liquid particles suspended in air. How tiny? Many of the particles in wildfire smoke are no larger than one third the diameter of your hair. These particles are so small that they enter and lodge deep in the lungs.

Particle pollution triggers asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes—and can kill. Studies of children in California found that children who breathed the smoky air during wildfires had more coughing, wheezing, bronchitis, colds, and were more likely to have to go to the doctor or to the hospital for respiratory causes, especially from asthma.

Another threat from forest fire smoke is carbon monoxide(CO)—a colorless, odorless gas most common during the smoldering stages of a fire and in close proximity to the fire. Inhaling CO reduces oxygen delivery to the body’s organs and tissues and can lead to headaches, nausea, dizziness and, in high concentrations, premature death.Wildfires spread many other harmful emissions, including nitrogen oxides and many hazardous air pollutants.”1

What can we do with Essential Oils to help us feel better when going through this disaster?

I decided to do a video to Learn How to Use Essential Oils to Help with “Breathing Problems!”

https://youtu.be/mfc5T85hv6c

4 drops Ravintsara essential oil

6 drops Rosemary 1.8 cineole essential oil

4 drops Peppermint essential oil

4 drops Geranium essential oil

6 drops Lemon essential oil

1oz. carrier oil such as Sunflower, Almond or Apricot

In an amber bottle, place essential oils and carrier oil. Roll between your hands thoroughly. Apply to sinus areas, chest and upper back and corresponding reflex points on your hands and feet.

Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy and children under 2 years of age or if suffering from epilepsy.

Please go to the lung organization below to follow precautions to take when in disaster such as fire.

References:

1 lung.org/…/01/how-wildfires-affect-health

http://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/outdoor/emergencies-and-natural-disasters/wildfires.html