Cinnamomum verum - France
This oil is obtained by the steam distillation of the leaves.
Cinnamon has been used for many centuries, being documented in China since
2700 BC for use with breathing problems. These days it is being rediscovered
as a potent insect repellent and germicide. Cinnamon oil is not only effective
against bacteria, but also fungi. This oil blends well with other spices, and
citrus, adding depth and staying power to lighter oils. Good partners for Cinnamon Leaf are Bergamot, Cardamom, Coriander, Orange and Patchouli. Cinnamon leaf oil is
best described as warm, spicy, sweet like cinnamon, somewhat like a rich,
mulled wine. Besides its very strong antiseptic qualities, it is warming for
muscles and skin, stimulating yet soothing and calming. This oil does tend to
sensitize the skin if applied in sufficient concentration (>5%), or if applied
repeatedly to the skin and is therefore better used in soaps, vapourisers or incense.
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