Brighten Your Day With Cassia Essential Oil

What does Autumn smell like to you? For me, it’s none other than… Cassia.

What does Autumn smell like to you? Living in the Midwest, we are blessed to be surrounded by forests that take the opportunity of autumn to glamorize themselves with brilliant colors. Whiffs of spicy and earthy aromas fill the air.

I love using essential oils to usher in the smell of Autumn in my home. One of my favorite oils is Cassia. The Cinnamomum cassia plant is closely related to cinnamon and smells similar. I love using Cassia Essential Oil to make candles and anything associated with fall.

Uses and Benefits of Cassia Essential Oil

Promotes Circulation 

According to this study1, Cassia Essential Oil creates warmth when applied topically and boosts circulation. It can soothe muscle pain caused by weak blood circulation. Coupled with its anti-inflammatory effects, as suggested by this study2, Cassia may be used to naturally ease bodily discomforts.

Supports Women’s Wellness 

Because of its properties mentioned above, this essential oil may help soothe muscle tightness and headaches associated with menstruation. It also helps soothe other PMS symptoms like nausea and drowsiness, which are further explained below.

Uplifts 

Besides being reminiscent of fall, Cassia’s bright aroma acts as an antidepressant, as per this study3, and brings about warm feelings. It’s very stimulating and may make you more alert. I love using Cassia Essential Oil in these recipes.

Cleans 

Like its close relative, Cinnamon Essential Oil, Cassia is a great cleaner. One study4 says it has antimicrobial properties, and another suggests it has antiviral effects5. It’s great to use as a DIY cleaner or room spray when colds and sickness have been going through the house. 

Aids Digestion

The Cinnamomum cassia plant is popular in traditional Chinese medicine to help relieve gas, nervous stomach, and discomfort. As mentioned above, it is effective in inhibiting the growth of bacteria, so some may find it helpful in easing diarrhea.

Moreover, according to this study6, Cassia Essential Oil is great when nausea hits as it helps reduce retching and prevent vomiting. 

Boosts Immunity

Because of the benefits mentioned above, Cassia Essential Oil can support immunity, especially when seasonal threats are lingering.

What This Oil Blends Well With

This oil is a close relative of Cinnamon Essential Oil and can often be used as a replacement for It. However, Cassia is considered to have a sweeter aroma than Cinnamon Essential Oil. 

This oil blends well with Cedarwood (Himalayan), Clove, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Wild Orange, and Ylang-ylang Essential Oils.

Science and Constituents

Cinnamaldehyde

Cinnamaldehyde occurs naturally and gives cinnamon its flavor and odor. This pale yellow, viscous liquid appears in the bark of cinnamon trees and other species of Cinnamomum. Cinnamaldehyde’s most obvious application is flavoring chewing gum, ice cream, candy, e-liquid, and beverages. It is also used in some perfumes with natural, sweet, or fruity scents. Cinnamaldehyde has been tested as a safe and effective insecticide against mosquito larvae. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Moreover, it has some miscellaneous uses, such as being a corrosion inhibitor for steel and other alloys.

O-Methoxycinnamaldehyde

Ortho-Methoxycinnamaldehyde is a natural compound of Cinnamomum cassia with antitumor activity. It is commercially and industrially applied as a flavor and fragrance agent.

Cinnamyl Acetate

Cinnamyl acetate naturally occurs in plants and has a sweet floral-fruity fragrance. It is used in cosmetics, some toiletries, and non-cosmetic products, such as detergents.

What Earthies Are Saying About This Oil

Cassia Essential Oil from Malagassi (Northern Vietnam)

Simply Earth proudly sources its Cassia Essential Oil from the renowned Malagassi Farm in the high mountains of Northern Vietnam. Known as Vietnamese cinnamon, Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia) is diligently cultivated and nurtured by ethnic minority farmers, who have seen tremendous growth in Cassia plantations in recent years. This rise has significantly bolstered the local economy and improved the livelihoods of indigenous families. From March to September, the harvesting season aligns perfectly with the abundant sunlight for drying the bark. After three years of careful nurturing in nurseries, the cassia trees are transplanted to mountain slopes, where they begin productive yields by six years old. However, Malagassi farmers often allow the trees to reach full maturity to ensure superior quality. This prized Cassia Essential Oil, exclusive to Vietnam and a small region in southern China, owes its uniqueness to the area’s specific climate and soil conditions. Extracted through a precise steam distillation process refined over 25 years, the meticulous care taken from start to finish guarantees the highest quality essential oil.

Things To Remember With This Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This oil is generally not safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil is safe to use with kids 10+.

Cats may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

Dogs may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your dog to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

References:

  1. Himanshu S, Prerna C, Surender S. Evaluation of the anti-arthritic activity of Cinnamomum cassia bark extract in experimental models. 2018 Dec
  2. Pannee C, Chandhanee I, Wacharee L. Antiinflammatory effects of essential oil from the leaves of Cinnamomum cassia and cinnamaldehyde on lipopolysaccharide-stimulated J774A.1 cells. 2014 Oct
  3. Etaee F, Komaki A, et al. The effects of cinnamaldehyde on acute or chronic stress-induced anxiety-related behavior and locomotion in male mice. 2019 May
  4. Ooi LS, Li Y, Kam SL, Wang H, Wong EY, Ooi VE. Antimicrobial activities of cinnamon oil and cinnamaldehyde from the Chinese medicinal herb Cinnamomum cassia Blume. 2006
  5. A.T. Mbaveng, V. Kuete, in Medicinal Spices and Vegetables from Africa, 2017
  6. Imran Ahmad Khan, Abdul Aziz, Hafiz Shoaib Sarwar, Shaukat Hussain Munawar, Zahid Manzoor, Haseeb Anwar. Evaluation Of Antiemetic Potential Of Aqueous Bark Extract Of Cinnamon Loureiroi. 2014 Jan