Cinnamomum verum also known as c. zeylancium
The cinnamon tree belongs to the Lauraceae family and provides commerce with two different oils; cinnamon leaf essential oil and cinnamon bark essential oil.
The former oil is the type used in aromatherapy, whereas oil from the bark contains a very high concentration of cinnamic aldehyde which is a powerful skin irritant, therefore this particular type of cinnamon oil is generally not used in therapeutic use.
Cinnamon leaf essential oil is a powerful antiseptic and can be used effectively to stop infections such as coughs, colds and viral infections from spreading. Put a few drops in your vaporiser or burner to help kill airborne bacteria and also relieve the symptoms of a cold.
It has a warming and antispasmodic effect on the body, so in massage oils it is excellent for easing muscular aches and pains, arthritis and rheumatism.