Cinnamon ( Cinnamomum zeylanicum )
Cinnamon leaf oil has a number of medicinal properties for which it is used in aromatherapy; cinnamon leaf is anti-bacterial, anti-infectious and carminative. It is also antiseptic, an astringent and anti-spasmodic. Cinnamon leaf can be used for cystitis relief, depression, stress, constipation, indigestion, flatulence, rheumatism and poor circulation.
Cinnamon leaf oil can be used to help menstrual difficulties and to stimulate contractions in child birth; cinnamon is an emmenagogue, which means it is capable of bringing on the onset of menstruation, and therefore it is advisable not to use cinnamon in pregnancy. However, cinnamon is helpful in relieving menstrual cramps when used in a hot compress.
Cinnamon oil's benefit lies in its toning and calming effect on the respiratory tract, the nervous system, and in the easing of colds and influenza, as well as period pains.
It also calms the digestive system and helps with rheumatism and arthritis. Although traditionally used for clearing warts, it is not recommended to be used in skin care products.
* Burners and vaporizers
o In vapor therapy, cinnamon oil can be used in acute bronchitis and colds, as well as sneezing and to help lift depression and a feeling of weakness.
* Blended oil or in the bath
o Cinnamon oil can be used in blended massage oil, or diluted in the bath, to assist with bronchitis, diarrhea, chills, infections, flu, rheumatism and arthritis. Due to its very powerful antiseptic properties it is good for fighting any infectious diseases. It furthermore has great value in calming spasms of the digestive tract, nausea and vomiting. It stimulates secretion of digestive juices, while easing muscular and joint pains associated with rheumatism and arthritis. Care should however be taken not to irritate the skin and mucus membranes.