Cassia Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Cassia essential oil is somewhat similar to Cinnamon essential oil, hence why the photo above looks like cinnamon. Both are from the same botanical family (Lauraceae) and both are derived from the bark of the plant. But they are actually from two different plants. Cassia is from Cinnamomum cassia, while cinnamon is Cinnamomum zeylanicum. It's a spicy, warm aroma, but sweeter than cinnamon.
The chemical constituents are also similar, both being high in something called trans-cinnamaldehyde. However, the levels of their chemical constituents (cassia has more trans-cinnamaldehyde than cinnamon bark oil), as well as secondary constituents, vary.
Cassia is most commonly used to support the immune system, especially when it needs an extra boost. It can also be useful in cleaning, and even cooking if you've got a quality brand that is safe for internal use.
- Promotes healthy digestion
- Supports healthy immune function
- Warming, uplifting aroma
Emotionally Cassia essential oil is said to encourage a person's sense of self, inner strength, and courage. In this way it may be helpful to support a person's confidence, ability to "put themselves out there", or try new things as they feel self-assured in their ability and worth.
How to Use Cassia Essential Oil
Traditionally, cassia essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Cassia Essential Oil
Possible skin sensitivity. Always dilute. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Popular Uses of Cassia Essential Oil
- 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 a carrier and apply to sore, achy joints.
- Combine one to two drops along with Lemon in a glass of water to aid digestion or ward off hunger cravings.
- Massage 1 drop, diluted, into the feet as desired. Diffuse throughout the room for immune system support.
Inspiration for Using Cassia Essential Oil
Add 1-2 drops to tea or coffee; promotes healthy immune function, warming and uplifting aroma, promotes healthy digestion.
Use 1-2 drops in place of cinnamon in a recipe.
Diffuse 3 drops Arborvitae and 2 drops cassia for a calming, uplifting and immune supporting blend.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils