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The ABCs of Essential Oils: Cassia

Updated: Oct 13, 2018

Cassia (Cinnamomum Cassia) and Cinnamon are alike in many different ways. Both are from the same botanical family and both essential oils are steam distilled from the bark. However, Cassia and Cinnamon are two separate plants, with Cassia having a sweeter smell than it’s close relative. Historically, it’s one of the few oils mentioned in the Old Testament, noted for it’s unmistakable fragrance and calming properties. When applying this essential oil, proper care should be taken because of it’s caustic (or hot, burning) nature. But with proper use, this oil has some fantastic capabilities in aiding our digestive system and giving proper immune support. Emotionally speaking, Cassia is known as The Oil of Self-Assurance. It can bring gladness and courage to the heart and soul, and is a wonderful remedy for the shy and timid. Cassia assists the individual with discovering their innate gifts and invites one to live from their authentic Self.

BOTANICAL FAMILY: Lauraceae (laurel)


APPLICATION METHODS: Aromatic, Topical, Internal

EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam distillation of bark


  • Blends With: Ginger, Wild Orange, and White Fir

  • Substitutions: Cinnamon


  • Warm, uplifting aroma.

  • Promotes healthy digestion.

  • Supports a healthy immune system.

  • Promotes clear breathing when diluted and used topically.

  • Use as a flavoring in cooking (similar to cinnamon, but has a stronger, more intense flavor.)


  • Diffuse for feelings of arousal.

  • Take one to two drops internally to promote healthy cardiovascular system function.

  • Take one to two drops internally with meals to support balanced blood sugar levels.

  • Massage one drop with a carrier oil onto skin for a warming sensation.

  • Diffuse with Clove and Ginger during fall and winter for a happy holiday blend.

  • Take one to two drops internally to increase metabolism.

  • Dilute and apply topically to bottoms of feet to assist with water retention.


  • Negative: Fear, humiliated, judged, shy, worthless

  • Positive: Confidence, authentic, valuable, self-assured

CAUTIONS: Dilute heavily for topical use. May reduce breast milk in nursing mothers. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid during pregnancy. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. May irritate nasal membranes if inhaled directly from diffuser.

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