Essential oils at a glance


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“Helps reduce instability, fear, bleakness,
    depression; provides positivity”

Latin name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Description of plant: A tropical evergreen tree reaching up to 60 ft (18 m) with a highly aromatic bark, shiny leaves and clusters of yellow flowers followed by bluish-white berries. It is native of Sri Lanka, India and Madagascar and is also cultivated in Jamaica and Africa

Nature of oil: The oil of the bark is light amber with a warm, sweet and spicy aroma. The oil of the leaf is a yellowish liquid with a much hotter and spicier aroma. The odour effect of cinnamon (especially cinnamon bark) is warming and stimulating; a reputed aphrodisiac

Method of oil extraction: Steam distillation of the bark chips. An oil is also distilled from the leaves and twigs

Blends well with: Citrus essences, clove, ginger, frankincense

Specific precautions required: Use sparingly; highly irritant to skin and mucous membranes. Phototoxic

Stress-relieving properties include: Helps reduce instability, fear, bleakness, depression; provides positivity

Medical properties include: Antidepressant. Can be used as a fumigant during infectious illness


  1. Wildwood C. Aromatherapy. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 1996.

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