Cinnamon is a spice obtained from leaf of tree of genus cinnamomum. Cinnamon is cultivated by growing the tree for two years, and then cutting stems at ground level, next year about a dozen new shoots will form from the roots, replacing those that were cut.. Flavor of cinnamon is due to an aromatic essential oil. Cinnamon is widely used as spice; it is used as a condiment & flavoring agent. Cinnamon is popular flavoring in alcoholic beverages.
Extraction : Cinnamon leaf oil is obtained by steam distillation of cinnamon leaf.
Properties : It is yellow in color with characteristic odor of cinnamon & very hot aromatic taste.
Blending : It blends well with lemon essential oil, rosemary oil, geranium & cardamom etc.
It is most popular herb for flavoring & medicinal uses.
It boosts activity of the brain.
It is great for treatment of pimples because it is a good blood purifier.
It has anti-inflammatory properties thus it helps in removing stiffness of muscles & joints.
It helps in removing headaches that are caused by cold.
It can help in controlling blood sugar.
It helps in destroying germs in the gall bladder & bacteria present in staph infections.
It acts as coagulant & helps to stop excess bleeding.
It can prevent coronary heart disease & high BP.
It reduces risk of colon cancer.
It is used in chewing gum as it is a good mouth freshener.
It helps in cold, sore throat & congestion.
It provides Relief from menstrual discomfort & cramping.
It helps in the secretion & discharge of urine.
It has various applications in Aromatherapy.
Safety & Precautions :
It should be avoided for internal consumption.
It can have adverse effect on skin if used in concentrated form.
It should be diluted before applying topically and one should do a patch test before applying.