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Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

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Family: Lauraceae

Synonyms: Cinnamomum verum

Aroma: Bark- warm, spicy, sweet and tenacious. The leaf oil is warm, spicy and harsh

Colour: Bark – pale to brownish yellow. Leaf – yellow to brownish yellow

Cinnamon flowersPlant: Bushy evergreen tree with strongly aromatic leaves and bark reaching up to 15 metres in height. In summer small, inconspicuous yellow white clusters of flowers bloom before turning into oval purple berries

Main Growing Areas: Sri Lanka, India, South East Asia, Seychelles, Zanzibar, Indonesia

Major Constituents: Bark – cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, benzyl benzoate, a-pinene,1.8 cineole, linalool, caryophyllene
Leaf – eugenol, eugenyl acetate, cinnamaldehyde, benzyl benzoate

Interesting snippets: Mentioned in the Bible and used by the ancient Egyptians as part of their mummification process.
In ancient China cinnamon was considered more precious than gold and was mentioned in a book on botanical medicine dated 2,700BC

CinnamonPart of Plant used / Extraction: Dried inner bark or leaves/Steam distillation

Therapeutic actions: stomach cramps, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, antibacterial, antifungal, carminative, insecticide, loss of appetite, aches and chills in the early stages of cold and flu, fatigue, lethargy.

Emotional and Spiritual: depression, emotional coldness, tension and fear

Keim and Bull suggest cinnamon promotes self-confidence, strengthens willpower and courage.

Gabriel Mojay states cinnamon is ideally suited to those who feel they have lost their ‘passion for life’ – that is, their creative impetus, emotional warmth or spiritual purpose. Full of light and vital heat, cinnamon works to encourage, inspire and reawaken.

Philippe Mailhebiau writes that cinnamon bark restores a taste and vigour for life to the depressed and the fire of courage to the belly of those who may have lost it in the maze of melancholia.

Robbi Zeck states that when you are feeling emotionally withdrawn and living in a state of separation, Cinnamon trickles into the vast, deep, inner world, bringing warmth, energy and a sense of connection to the present moment.

Valerie Ann Worwood writes love, in all its many guises, speaks through cinnamon to touch those hidden areas of the self that we have denied love access to. Bringing into our hearts the ever-understanding love and oneness, it invites love from higher realms; even if at first, inner love is often difficult in the human state of being, the warm glow of cinnamon radiates through all space and time, transforming sorrow into happiness. It brings the realization that love is always there, if we tune into its warm vibration.

Aromatherapy Insight Card:Cinnamon insight card COLDNESS AND INTROVERSION
Come out of your shell and regain that passion and enthusiasm for life. For those who have grown emotionally cold and have isolated themselves from the outside world, Cinnamon is excellent for helping you warm cold and withdrawn emotions. There are plenty of people who are introverts playing the extrovert to survive in life. Access your extrovert inside as you tap into your own inner strength and be who you really are or who you want to be.

Fragrant Change Healing Card: I have the power within to change and regain my passion and creativity.Cinnamon card

Safety: When used on the skin cinnamon bark can be a severe dermal irritant and sensitiser.

Tisserand and Young recommend that cinnamon bark essential oil not be used in pregnancy and while breast feeding. They also caution cinnamon’s use orally for people who are on diabetes or anticoagulant medication, have had major surgery, have peptic ulcers or other bleeding disorders.

Note: Cinnamon bark is often adulterated with synthetic cinnamaldehyde and natural eugenol.
Most sources strongly state that cinnamon bark should not be used on the skin due to its severe dermal irritation. Cinnamon leaf may possibly be used topically but should always be patch tested first and used in an extremely low concentration. Inhalation is preferred especially for spiritual, emotional and subtle use.

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Essential Oils and Crystals for the Heart Chakra

Heart chakra

The heart or 4th chakra is the centre of of love, affection, compassion, acceptance, optimism, joy, generosity, empathy, kindness, trust and forgiveness for yourself and others.

AnxietyWhen out of balance you may feel depressed, anxious, jealous, lonely, deep sorrow and grief, isolated, bitter and insensitive.  You may lack trust, compassion, self-respect and self-love, fear intimate relationships, be unable to forgive yourself or others, have unhealthy relationships where you are unable to love, love too much, lack boundaries or are a people pleaser.

Some questions to consider and perhaps journal about.
Do you always put others first?
Are you able to express your true emotions?
Do you find it difficult to connect with others?
Do you fear intimacy?
Do you believe you are worthy of love and being loved?
How do you show your love to those around you?
Do you find it easy or difficult to forgive others who have hurt you?
What do you love about yourself?
How often do you allow yourself to feel vulnerable?

10 essential oils that can help with heart chakra issues
Bergamot - 3Bergamot
(Citrus bergamia) helps release pent up anger and frustration that can lead to depression when you feel unsupported or insecure.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is useful if you have isolated yourself emotionally from others.

Cypress 9Cypress
(Cupressus sempervirens) eases feelings of loss particularly of a person and enhances feelings of compassion.

Elemi (Canarium luzonicum) is very calming, centring and grounding, offering support and strength when you need to reconnect with yourself and others.

Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) relieves emotional pain and promotes trust and unconditional love.

LavenderLavender (Lavendula officinalis) helps to ease frustration and irritability, nurtures you and allows you to forgive yourself for neglecting yourself and others in the past.

Lime fruitLime (Citrus aurantifolia) eases feelings of agitation, turmoil and stress calming you down and allowing you to explore your emotions and deal with challenging situations calmly.

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini) can help if you have a tendency to be clinging, possessive or jealous and find it hard to let go of loved ones. She can also ease feelings of betrayal and allow you to forgive the betrayer and yourself for being betrayed.

rose and budRose
(Rosa damascena) restores a sense of security and well-being especially if you have suffered rejection, loss or abuse. She helps you to forgive others as well as yourself and experience more honest and meaningful relationships.

Ylang Ylang
(Cananga odorata var. genuina) eases the fear of intimacy, especially if you experienced rejection in the past and calms jealousy by helping you to feel more lovable.

Make your own heart chakra anointing blend
Choose 1-3 essential oils for a total of 3 drops and add to 10 mls of cold pressed vegetable oil.
Anoint the heart area with a few drops of the blend in a heart-shaped movement with your fingertips. Use your intention to open, balance, heal and then close the chakra.

6 Green and pink crystals that may be used to balance the heart chakra. 
allows you to express your heart and truth through your voice, set boundaries and to overcome your fear of conflict.

ChrysopraseChrysoprase helps you feel and express love as well as releasing attachment to fear based emotions and belief systems. She can also help you heal from abuse.

Green FluoriteGreen fluorite
dissipates emotional trauma, cleanses and heals the heart chakra and ensures that the mind and heart are in agreement.

KunziteKunzite helps open your heart to love in all its forms and encourages you to release your fears and enjoy life.

RhodochrositeRhodochrosite is helpful for healing deep emotional trauma that has left you unable to feel joy or express your creativity.

Rose quartzRose quartz helps release, worry, fear, anxiety and past emotional trauma.