A close relation to Cinnamon, Cassia has a strong, spicy aroma that can be used in small quantities to transform any essential oil blend. It is frequently compared to cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon leaf oil, which are both extracted from the same plant species and, as you can see above, looks very similar to cinnamon bark.
The scientific name of Cassia is Cinnamomum Cassia. It is also known by two other botanical names, Laurus Cassia and Cinnamomum Aromaticum. It is an evergreen tree native to China and Burma and is commonly known as Chinese Cinnamon. Its bark is actually used to flavor food and beverages, just like original Cinnamon and the essential oil is generally steam distilled from the bark. It is a dark brown liquid with a strong warm and woody-resinous odor and sweet balsamic undertone.
Cassia has been used for thousands of years to maintain physical health and promote emotional well-being. It’s one of the few essential oils mentioned in the Old Testament, noted for its unmistakable fragrance and calming properties.
Cassia is a “warming” oil that helps promote a healthy immune function. It also is a great oil to diffuse during cold months due to its warming properties and spicy scent. Due to its caustic nature, Cassia should be diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil when applied to the skin and can be very strong when inhaled directly. When diluted, Cassia can help soothe the body.
Cassia can be used in cooking either as a replacement for cinnamon in pies and breads or by itself in a myriad of entrees and desserts.
Scientific Research on the Benefits of Cassia Essential Oil
What does the scientific research say about the benefits of Cassia?
Well, I can’t say specifically. The FDA won’t let me because they don’t regulate essential oils. So, if you’d like to learn about the research, you have two choices:
- Contact me now and I’ll tell you all about it personally. It’s free, you have no obligation, and I promise–no…I guarantee–it will be worth your time.
- Go this government website and search. You can use phrases like “cassia essential oil“. It’s quite simple and you’ll find some very interesting information.
- Add one drop to citrus blends or diffuse with Clove and Ginger during fall and winter.
- Take one to two drops in veggie capsules for added immune support when seasonal threats are high.
- Combine one drop with Fractionated Coconut Oil and massage for a warming sensation.
- Combine one to two drops along with Lemon essential oil in a glass of water to aid digestion or ward off hunger cravings.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the best essential oil diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Dilute one to two drops with Fractionated Coconut Oil then apply to desired area.
- Promotes healthy digestion
- Supports healthy immune function
- Warming, uplifting aroma
Aromatic Description: Warm, spicy, cinnamon
Collection Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Bark
Main Constituents: Cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate