Category Archives: Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil- Is it Powerful?


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

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

What is Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil?


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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.

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 Hargis, RA

Daily Essentials Halloween Magical Pumpkin Cookies


This time of year is always fun because you have bounty of the Autumn harvest and many delicious recipes made with Pumpkin and squashes. I love Pumpkin for its taste as well as the beta carotene that it contains, and all the lovely spices that go with Pumpkin.  One of the spices is cinnamon. I have been discussing cinnamon essential oil on the #NSPessentialOilsRoCk Facebook group.

Instead of using cinnamon powder in this Autumn recipe I have chosen to use 1 drop of cinnamon essential oil. I want to explain to you that Cinnamon as an essential oil can be considered as a flavoring for food however I also want to make it clear that is no research to my knowledge on essential oils that prove that they have nutrients in them; they have chemical constituents which can be used in skin care such as massage oils, bath gels, creams, salves etc and in food as a flavoring.  They are extracted by steam distillation and they no longer have the nutritional value that you would get from it if you ate the plant itself.

Thus I am using Cinnamon essential oil purely as a flavoring in these Magical Pumpkin Cookie recipe.



Preheat Oven: 350°
Makes 24 more or less Cookie

Dry Ingredients:

1/2 cup Organic pecans

1/2 cup Organic sunflower seeds

2 cups Organic Spelt or  OrganicGluten free flour

1 1/2 cups  Organic Oats

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Organic ginger

Mix flour, oats and baking soda.

Wet ingredients:

1/2 cup Organic Brown Sugar

1/2 cup Organic Sugar

1 cup Organic Butter

Mix thoroughly.

Pumpkin mixture:

1 Organic egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup Organic canned pumpkin or bake an Organic pumpkin and take out the inside then mash it and use 1 cup of it instead of canned pumpkin.

1 drop Cinnamon essential oil.

Mix Pumpkin, egg and vanilla. then add cinnamon oil. Mix thoroughly.

Mix Pumpkin mixture and wet ingredients. Fold in dry ingredients. Place cookies on cookie sheet that have been lined with baking paper.

Use Pumpkin seeds  for decoration to make pumpkin faces and stem on pumpkin cookies.


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