Cassia essential oil was an ingredient in anointing oil as described in Exodus 30:22-25 and in Psalms 45:7-9. Besides being used in aromatherapy and on people, the Bible tells us anointing oil was also used in making clothing fragrant. In Ezekiel 27:18-19 we learn that Cassia oil was also used in trade.
A close relative to Cinnamon, Cassia has a strong, spicy aroma. Cassia has been used for thousands of years to maintain physical health and promote emotional well-being. It is one of the oldest known spices to mankind.
Cassia is not Cinnamon
While cassia and cinnamon are similar and often thought of as the same, there are distinct differences between the two. Both are widely referred to as cinnamon and used for similar purposes. However, they come from different plants. Cinnamon Bark comes from Cinnamomum zeylanicum and is distilled from the bark of the cinnamon tree. Cassia comes from Cinnamomum cassiae and is steam distilled from the stems and bark of the cassia shrub. In cooking, Cassia can be used either as a replacement for Cinnamon in pies and bread or by itself in many entrees and desserts.
Cassia has an unmistakable ‘sweet’ fragrance and is known for its calming properties. Cassia is also considered a “warming” oil that helps promote a healthy immune function. It also is a good oil to diffuse during cold months due to its warming properties and spicy scent.
Cassia is Hot
Considered a ‘hot’ oil, when applying to the skin, Cassia should be diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil, Olive Oil or other natural oils when being applied to the skin to minimize any possible skin sensitivity. When diluted, Cassia can help soothe the body. It can be very strong when inhaled directly.
Enjoy the Benefits of Cassia
If you want to enjoy the health benefits of Cassia, swallow a veggie capsule with one or two drops of Cassia essential oil to help support your immune system when seasonal threats are high. You can diffuse Cassia along with Clove and Ginger essential oils during the fall and winter to add a great aroma to any room. A drop of two of the oil along with a two drops of lemon essential oil in a glass of water can help aid digestion and ward off hunger cravings.