Extracted from the bark of a Cinnamomum cassia plant, Cassia is a warm and spicy essential oil with a myriad of benefits that can help the mind and the body. For centuries, this sister to the cinnamon spice has been used internally to maintain physical health and aromatically to support emotional well-being. One of Cassia oil’s most prominent health benefits is its ability to promote healthy digestion when used internally.* Cassia is also a popular ingredient when making many different entrees, breads, and desserts. This spice is flavourful and can be used to replace cinnamon in a variety of food items. Along with its benefits to digestion, Cassia oil can be taken internally to support healthy immune function and to maintain cardiovascular health.*
Cassia oil is also powerful when used aromatically. In small doses, its strong and spicy aroma can be used to create an uplifting atmosphere that will promote emotional health. The fragrance emitted from Cassia is recognised anciently in the Old Testament for its powerful scent and calming properties. However, due to its classification as a hot oil, Cassia oil should be diluted with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil when applied to the skin and can be very strong when inhaled directly.
Cassia Oil Uses and Benefits
Cassia bark is commonly used for flavoring liquors and chocolate.1
Chemistry of Cassia Oil
Main Chemical Components: Cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate
One of the main chemical components of cassia bark and Cassia oil is cinnamaldehyde. This natural chemical is responsible for producing Cassia oil’s warm and spicy aroma. A recent study incorporated in the doTERRA Science Blog suggests that cinnamaldehyde also acts to support healthy molecular function in the kidneys when taken internally.* Internal use of cinnamaldehyde is also known to have potential colon benefits.* A study published by researchers at the University of Arizona suggests that cinnamaldehyde activates an endogenous (natural, internal) antioxidant response in colon cells. Activation of this antioxidant response is a natural means of maintaining healthy colon cells.3 Cinnamaldehyde is an impactful aromatic chemical with health-promoting benefits when ingested. To learn more about the chemical components of Cassia oil or other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.
Essential Oil Spotlight
Cassia derives from a plant called Cinnamomum cassia. Cassia oil comes from the bark of this plant and is usually reddish-brown to gray in color. This bark is pungent and thicker than that of cinnamon bark.2 The cassia plant grows well in locations such as China, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
Cassia brings gladness and courage to the heart and soul. It is a wonderful remedy for the shy and timid. It helps those who hold back and try to hide. When a person avoids being the centre of attention, Cassia can restore their confidence.
Similar to Cinnamon, Cassia dispels fear and replaces it with self-assurance. It challenges individuals to try, even when they are afraid of making mistakes. Cassia aids those who feel foolish by helping them see their own brilliance. It supports the soul in seeing its own value and potential. Cassia assists individuals in discovering their innate gifts and talents. It invites them to let their light shine and live from their True Self.
(Taken from the book “Emotions and Essential oils”)
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