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 to use is Cassia. The Cinnamomum cassia plant is a close relative to cinnamon and smells similar to it. I love using Cassia Essential Oil to make my own candles and all things associated with fall.
What I Love About This Oil
I love this oil’s seasonal aroma. I love that while it smells great, it is also great for cleaning and keeping the bugs away!
Uses and Benefits of Cassia Essential Oil
Cassia Essential Oil creates warmth when applied topically and boosts circulation according to this study1. 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. Although Cassia’s benefits are great, please follow our dilution guide as it is an essential oil that is skin irritating.
Supports Women’s Wellness
Because of its properties mentioned above, this essential oil may help ease soothe muscle tightness and headaches associated with menstruation. It also helps soothe other PMS symptoms like nausea and drowsiness which be further explained below.
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.
Cassia, like its close relative Cinnamon Essential Oil, is a great cleaner. One study4 says it has anti-microbial properties and another suggests it has anti-viral effects5. It’s a great one to use in a DIY cleaner or room spray when colds and sickness have been going through the house.
The Cinnamomum cassia plant is popular in traditional Chinese medicine to help relieve gas, nervous stomach, and discomfort. It is effective in inhibiting the growth of bacteria, as mentioned above, therefore some may find it helpful in easing diarrhea.
Moreover, Cassia Essential Oil is great to have when nausea hits as it helps reduce retching and prevents vomiting according to this study6.
Because of the above-mentioned benefits of Cassia Essential Oil, this oil can be used to support immunity especially when seasonal threats are lingering around.
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 Cinnamon Essential Oil. Although, Cassia is considered to have a sweeter aroma than Cinnamon Essential Oil.
Science and Constituents
Cassia’s main chemical constituent is Cinnamaldehyde. You probably can see the word “cinnamon” in there, giving its distinct cinnamon smell.
It is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumoral, neuroprotective, and immunomodulatory giving this oil amazing benefits.
What Earthies Are Saying About this 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 essential oil is not generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use.
This essential oil is safe to use with kids age 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
What Recipe Are You Going to Try to Take Advantage of Cassia Essential Oil Benefits?
Candles, diffuser blends, cleaning, skincare, there are so many great options! We’d love to hear about it on social media with @fromsimplyearth and in the comments below!
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- Himanshu S, Prerna C, Surender S. Evaluation of the anti-arthritic activity of Cinnamomum cassia bark extract in experimental models. 2018 Dec
- 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
- 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
- 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
- A.T. Mbaveng, V. Kuete, in Medicinal Spices and Vegetables from Africa, 2017
- 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