Description: Cassia & the Cassia Essential Oil is indigenous to China and Burma, and is sometimes called Chinese cinnamon or cinnamon bark. It is considered a ‘hot’ oil, (hotter still, but sweeter than cinnamon essential oil), making it especially good for immune boosting and detoxification. The genus of Cassia is cinnamomum cassia, and even though it sometimes acts as a substitute for cinnamon, its uses go far beyond the culinary. Its aromas are strong, spicy, woody, and balsamic, the liquid itself presenting as a medium thick, yellow-amber to reddish-brown liquid. The tree itself is native to China, and its chemical components include cinnamic aldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, linalool, benzaldehyde, and chavicol. The oil is steam distilled from the leaves, and it is quite dark in color due to its high tannic content. For this reason, it is not often used in perfumery. The most common uses for cassia oil are in aromatherapy, and also for household, culinary, and pharmaceutical preparations. Chinese healers knew the medicinal uses of Cassia far back in history. The health benefits of Cassia Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an anti-diarrhea, antidepressant, anti-emetic, anti-galactogogue, antimicrobial, anti-rheumatic, anti-arthritic, astringent, antiviral, carminative, circulatory, emenagogue, febrifuge and stimulant substance.
Botanical Name: Cinnamomum Cassia
Plant Part: Barks
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Odor and Appearance: A yellowish or brownish liquid having the characteristic odor and taste of cassia cinnamon.
Country of origin: China
Main Constituents: Benzaldehyde, chavicol, cinnamic aldehyde, cinnamyl acetate and linalool
Common Uses: It is often used in aromatherapy for its uplifting and energizing effects, promoting a positive mood and reducing feelings of stress and fatigue. The oil is also employed in massage blends to provide relief from minor muscular aches and pains, thanks to its potential analgesic properties. Additionally, cassia oil can be used in natural remedies to support healthy digestion and as a natural insect repellent.
Note: Middle to base note, but due to its high tannic content, it is not often used in perfumery.
Blends well with: Clove, patchouli, ginger, cardamom, and lemongrass.
Contraindications: Cassia essential oil is a very strong skin irritant, and topical use should be avoided for those who have sensitive skin, dermatitis or allergies. If you are pregnant, lactating or breastfeeding, cassia oil should be avoided as it can inhibit milk secretion. Can cause a drop in blood sugar levels, so if you are diabetic be sure to monitor your sugars closely. Consuming large quantities may cause liver damage, especially if you are using other liver-harming drugs like acetaminophen: do not combine cassia and Tylenol unless you are under the direct guidance of a qualified practitioner. As with all essential oils, heed dilution ratios very closely. Because cassia is a ?hot? oil and is a known irritant, extra caution should be taken when using topically.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*
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