Ceylon Cinnamon

Cinnamomum verum

"True" cinnamon is an evergreen tree which may reach fifteen meters.

  • Bath

  • Skin application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

Essential oil of cinnamon bark is used preferably by oral route with a liver protector. For cooking, one or two drops of essential oil are enough to perfume a dish for five to six persons.

Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of twelve years, subjects with epilepsy, persons with a history of gastro-oesophageal reflux, gastritis or gastroduodenal ulcer, hepatitis, B, C or D, persons allergic to one of the components (cinnamic aldehyde, benzyl benzoate, eugenol, limonene, linalool), subjects with asthma.

Diarrhoea (pains)
Mix 2 drops of essential oil of cinnamon bark in 10 drops of neutral carrier oil. Massage the stomach and abdomen after meals. You may also take 2 drops of essential oil of cinnamon (or recipe below) on a neutral tablet, sugar lump or in a spoonful of honey.

Infectious diarrhoea (turista),prevention or cure
1 drop of essential oil of cinnamon bark, 1 drop of essential oil of niaouli. • For prevention, take the essential oils on a neutral tablet in the morning twenty four hours before departure, during the stay and forty eight hours after return. • Curative treatment: take this mixture three times daily until the symptoms disappear.

Physical or psychical fatigue
1 drop of essential oil of cinnamon bark, 1 drop of essential oil of ravintsara. Take 1 drop of each of the essential oils three times daily on a neutral tablet, do not exceed two weeks.

Urinary infection
1 drop of essential oil of cinnamon bark, 1 drop of essential oil of lemon. Take 1 drop of each of the essential oils on a neutral tablet three times daily over seven days. To prevent recurrence, take 1 drop of tea tree each morning on a neutral tablet, one week per month for three months.

Native of Sri Lanka, it is a member of the Laureaceae family. Its leaves are long and shiny; its small round flowers give dark blue berries.
Cinnamon, with myrrh, is one of the spices that the Book of Kings reserves for the perfume of the Great Priest and the Ark. The Lord says: "Take eight hundred shekels of cinnamon. You will prepare a holy anointing oil, a fragrant mixture as the one the perfume makers composes. "Cinnamon came from India, where the Greeks had founded a factory, not far from the actual city of Karachi. The bark from young cinnamon tree shoots were removed every two years. It curled on itself on drying, forming cylinders. The spice was exported in chips, powder or small canes, which gave the tree its French name. "A root and leave which are highly prized in India. They have a burning taste and a superb smell. The rest of the plant is useless", wrote Pliny in his Natural history. The Greeks and Romans mainly used it as an aphrodisiac and incidentally as a disinfectant. Like many spices, cinnamon appears in France with the returning crusaders. It perfumes, along with ginger, the sweet wine called "Hypocras". In cooking, its delicate, spicy and sweet flavour is found in numerous recipes, from gingerbread to rice pudding.

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