Artists often use essential oils to retard fermentation and mold growth in mixed paints and inks, and to keep some oil-based paints from drying out too fast, and to cover the ‘eggy’ odor of egg tempera. Essential oils are extracted from plants by steam or cold-pressed to obtain the strongest scent. Our oils are bottled in little amber-colored ¼ dram glass bottles. A small pipette is provided with the bottles for adding 1 or 2 drops of oil to mixed paints or inks. There are approximately 36 – 38 drops of oil in each little bottle. A Sampler Set of all 8 scents is packaged in 5/16 dram vials.
SAFETY Concentrated essential oils will irritate eyes or mucous membranes. Keep out of reach of children and pets. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before handling volatile oils. These oils are not for food or on skin, since we have no control over how they were processed.
CINNAMON LEAF ESSENTIAL OIL
(Cinnamomum verum or Laurus cinnamomum)
This small and bushy evergreen tree is from the Laurel plant family native to Sri Lanka, but is now grown across SE Asia. Over 100 varieties of cinnamon are grown worldwide, the most popular being Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamonum zeylanicum) and Chinese cinnamon (Cinnamomun aromaticum).
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to man, and was often so precious that it was considered more valuable than gold through history. It was valued in ancient Egypt not only as a medicine and beverage flavoring but also as an embalming agent and is mentioned in the Bible.
There are two primary types of cinnamon oils available: cinnamon bark oil (Cinnamomum verum) and cinnamon leaf oil. Cinnamon bark oil is extracted from the outer bark of the cinnamon tree and has a deep red-brown color most associated with cinnamon spice.
Cinnamon leaf oil has a musky and spicy scent and is a much more potent extract. The strong nature of cinnamon can be an irritant to the skin, but can safely be used in potpourri.
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil: ¼ dram vial: $1.25