Cassia Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Cassia Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Cassia essential oil has a warm and spicy aroma that is perfect for fall and holiday diffuser blends. It is frequently used to support emotional health and wellness.

Cassia is similar to true cinnamon (sometimes called Ceylon cinnamon). It is best enjoyed for its aromatic benefits. Cassia can create comforting and uplifting feelings.

This is an oil you will want to use sparingly. It has a very strong aroma and it is a hot oil. It must be well diluted to maximum 0.05% for topical application. That works out to about 1 drop of cassia per 4 oz of carrier oil.

I enjoy using this strong and mighty oil in diffuser blends, mostly because it smells amazing when diffused. I share 10 Cassia Diffuser Recipes below that will warm and refresh your home, plus a few other spray blends!

The health benefits of using this powerful oil are really surprising. As long as you keep the safety aspects in mind, cassia oil can be a great additional to your oil collection, especially during fall and winter.

Cassia Essential Oil Facts:

Botanical Name:

Cinnamomum cassia

Botanical Family:

Lauraceae

Aka

Chinese cinnamon

Plant Part Used:

Leaves, twigs, bark

Extraction Method:

Steam distilled

Aroma:

Warm, spicy, strong, sweet, cinnamon-like

Main Constituents:

Cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate. See Essential Oil Safety for a complete list of constituents.

Shelf Life:

2-3 years

Safety Precautions:

Don't use undiluted on skin, it is a "hot oil" and will cause skin irritation. There is high risk of skin sensitization,  Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.05% (Essential Oil Safety pg. 235). Do not use on hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin.

There is low risk for mucous membrane irritation. Embryotoxicity; contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding (all routes of use). Possible drug interactions, use caution. Not a kid friendly oil.

Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container. Not phototoxic. Do not ingest.

Cassia Essential Oil Blends Well With:

Cedarwood, clove, frankincense, orange, lemon, nutmeg, grapefruit, bergamot, lavender, neroli, ylang ylang, white fir.

Cassia Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

-Boosts the Immune System: Help the entire body run properly, stay healthy, and avoid seasonal threats. Cassia essential oil is effective in countering viral infections and offers protection from cold, cough, and other seasonal illnesses. Try our Immune Boost Inhaler Blend recipe below.

-Fights Germs: Cassia oil has been proven to be an antimicrobial, antiviral,  and antibacterial agent. It can assist you to naturally clean your home. Make scented baking soda with cassia oil or try our Toilet Refresh recipe below to keep this germy area fresh and clean.

-Cold & Flu Season Assist: Promote wellness during cold and flu season, diffuse 2–3 drops of cassia oil or inhale the oil twice daily from an aromatherapy inhaler.

-Inexpensive Substitution Oil: Cassia makes a great alternative for cinnamon essential oil, and it usually costs less which is another positive reason to use.

-Assists with Nausea (& Avoid Vomiting): It induces a refreshing feeling and drives away feelings which bring on nausea and vomiting. Put one drop of cassia oil on a tissue and inhale the scent whenever you feel nauseous.

-Uplift Mood:  Uplifts mood and induces warm feelings in the body and mind. Cassia keeps your mind at peace. It can build courage and a sense of self-worth. Place 2 drops on the shower floor just before you get in for a wonderful, warming scent.

-Promotes Alertness: Cassia oil stimulates body and mind, helping you be more active and alert. Place one drop of oil on a diffuser necklace and enjoy the invigorating aroma throughout the day. Read more about benefits of using diffuser necklaces.

-Perfect Holiday Oil: Get a few small pinecones from craft store and place in a decorative bowl, add a few drops of cassia to pinecones for a holiday scented decoration.

Cassia Essential Oil Recipes

Orange Spice Room Spray

This spray blend adds a little spice to that yummy citrus smell.

  • 10 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 5 drops Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
  • 5 drops Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 2 oz glass spray bottle

Add ingredients into spray bottle, spray well to blend and before each use.

Harvest Festival Air Freshener

Fall brings harvest festivals, times for communities and groups to get together and bring in food from the garden or farm in order to celebrate harvest time.

  • 10 drops Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • 5 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 5 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus deodara)
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 2 oz glass spray bottle

Add ingredients into spray bottle, spray well to blend and before each use.

Toilet Refresh Spray

Use this spray to rid stinky odors and germs that cling to this frequented bathroom area.

Combine ingredients into bottle, shake and spray into toilet bowl and around toilet surfaces to refresh and disinfect this germy area.

Immune Boost Inhaler

  • 3 drops Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • 5 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 5 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • Blank Inhaler

Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler. Read more about using aromatherapy inhalers.

Fall Is in the Air Diffuser Blend

Enjoy the aroma of the crisp, outdoor air during fall while cozy and warm in your home. Blend from our Nutmeg Essential Oil Spotlight.

  • 3 drops Silver Fir (Abies alba)
  • 2 drops Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
  • 1 drop Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • 1 drop Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Add essential oils to your diffuser with recommended water.

Candy Cane Diffuser Blend

This blend is from our 10 Christmas Diffuser Blends blog post

  • 2 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • 2 drops Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  • 1 drop Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • 1 drop Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Add essential oils to your diffuser with recommended water.

Cozy Home Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 2 drops Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • 2 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus deodara)

Add essential oils to your diffuser with recommended water.

Gingerbread House Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • 2 drops Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • 2 drops Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Add essential oils to your diffuser with recommended water.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
  • 2 drops Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • 1 drop Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 1 drop Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Add essential oils to your diffuser with recommended water.

Fall Leaves Diffuser Blend

  • 2 drops Arborvitae (Thuja plicata)
  • 2 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
  • 2 drops Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)

Add essential oils to your diffuser with recommended water.

Spicy Goodness Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • 4 drops Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

Add essential oils to your diffuser with recommended water.

Autumn Leaves Diffuser Blend

  • 2 drops Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • 2 drops Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
  • 2 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Add essential oils to your diffuser with recommended water.

Spice of Life Diffuser Blend

  • 2 drops Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • 2 drops Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
  • 1 drop Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • 1 drop Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Add essential oils to your diffuser with recommended water.

Sunny Spice Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • 2 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 2 drops Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)

Add essential oils to your diffuser with recommended water.

Where to Buy Cassia Essential Oil

Here are two brand we like:

General Essential Oil Precautions

Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.

Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).

If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), it is best practice to always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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