What is Cinnamon Leaf Oil?

Marco Sumayao
Marco Sumayao
Cinnamon leaf oil.
Cinnamon leaf oil.

Cinnamon leaf oil is an essential oil extracted from the leaves of Cinnamomum zeylanicum, a tree native to Southeast Asia. It is known for its applications in aromatherapy, as well as its numerous medicinal uses. The oil is obtained via steam distillation of the leaves of the cinnamon tree, which yield a more delicate oil than cinnamon bark. Cinnamon leaf oil is a dark yellow-brown liquid of light to medium viscosity. It exudes a musky aroma with strong spicy notes, followed by a lingering sweetness.

Cinnamon leaf oil is commonly used to prevent nausea.
Cinnamon leaf oil is commonly used to prevent nausea.

The oil is most commonly used in aromatherapy, because it is known to help invigorate the system and stave off nausea. A few drops of cinnamon leaf oil in a diffuser will noticeably reduce feelings of exhaustion and weariness, and it will provide relief for headaches. The scent of cinnamon also is believed to enhance the libido, making this essential oil a powerful aphrodisiac.

Cinnamon leaf oil is an effective mosquito repellent.
Cinnamon leaf oil is an effective mosquito repellent.

Cinnamon leaf oil's medicinal uses come chiefly from its warming properties. When mixed with massage oil, the heat from cinnamon leaf oil easily penetrates the skin and soothes aching muscles. This same heat provides relief for arthritis, colds, menstrual pain and rheumatism. Blood circulation also increases in areas of the body where cinnamon essential oil is applied.

This essential oil is also known for its strong antibacterial properties. This quality is most commonly used for preserving food. Cinnamon leaf oil also can be evaporated to eliminate any microbes in the air, making it a popular choice for flu prevention.

More unconventional uses for cinnamon leaf oil include pest control and lip enhancement. The cinnamaldehyde, anethole and eugenol found in the oil are known to be very effective in destroying mosquito larvae. More research needs to be done, however, in the oil's feasibility as a large-scale pesticide.

Some cosmeticians suggest mixing in a few drops of cinnamon leaf oil with lip gloss. The oil will increased blood flow to the lips, as well as irritate the mucous membrane. The end result is plumper-looking lips.

Cinnamon leaf oil, however, is a very strong skin irritant. When used in strong concentrations, application of the oil to the skin can result in redness, irritation and burning sensations. In addition, cinnamon leaf oil should not be used by pregnant women, because the chemical compounds found in the oil might adversely affect the developing child. As such, use of the oil must be done only in very dilute concentrations or with the advice of a trained professional.

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I have a wonderful massage therapist that comes to my house once a week for an hour long session. She regularly uses cinnamon leaf oil as a part of her massage therapy.

I love everything about the massages she gives but I especially love the way the cinnamon leaf oil smells and the way it makes me feel. She has given me massages without it before and I did not feel nearly as relaxed and relieved as I did when she used the oil. They are not kidding when they say that this relieves tense muscles. Its like a magic stress relieving elixir.


I have come across cinnamon leaf oil a few times in the past but I have never been able to find it in stores. Even when I try a natural foods store or a place that specializes in aroma therapy I have not been able to find it. Does anyone know some place where cinnamon leaf oil is commonly available? Also, how much can I expect to pay if I am ever able to track it down?


I like to add a few drops of cinnamon leaf oil to a hot bath. The wonderful aroma of cinnamon combined with the hot steamy water makes for an instantly relaxing experience.

I have experimented with a few other scents but I have found that nothing relaxes me as much as the scent of cinnamon. I have also experimented with several other cinnamon scented additives but none of them smells as pure and genuine as cinnamon leaf oil. This stuff is the real deal

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