Top 5 Cassia Essential Oil Uses

Cassia Essential Oil Uses

People who think they’re unfamiliar with cassia couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, that which is commonly referred to as “cinnamon” is quite often actually cassia, a close relative to more expensive and harder to obtain cinnamon. Even though it’s generally regarded as a cheap cinnamon knock off today, cassia has important uses in history, especially in its native China, where it’s remained an important staple in cuisine and medicine for centuries. In terms of acquiring cassia’s essential oil, the dried bark, leaves and twigs from the tree are used, producing an oil with similar but perhaps more subtle cinnamon like characteristics. Cassia essential oil uses are, not surprisingly, closely related to those of cinnamon. However, because it’s considered gentler, it’s often preferred to its more potent and pricey relative.

Nearly all essential oil uses are attributed to complex chemical compounds that naturally occur in them. In the case of cassia, chavicol, cinnamic aldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, linalool, benzaldehyde and others combine to provide purported health benefits such as killing germs and improving the mood. There are many cassia essential oil uses for health that are considered valuable today, as they have been for hundreds of years, but the best five of them can be found below.

1. Digestion Problems: There is one fairly important reason that cassia is noted for aiding digestion, and that’s its use in curbing diarrhea. However, preventing excessive excrement is not the only digestion related selection amongst cassia essential oil uses. It’s also noted for reducing muscle spasms, which may include uncomfortable intestinal spasms as well. Additionally, the antibiotic and antiviral properties attributed to cassia may also help prevent the proliferation of illness causing stomach pathogens, furthering its effectiveness. When quality, therapeutic grade oils are used, some believe adding a drop or two to warm water and then consuming may allow for taking advantage of these benefits.

2. Colds and Flu: Viruses are the underlying cause of colds and the flu, and while many essential plant oils may be effective against bacteria and even fungi, far fewer are indicated for use when viruses are present. Cassia essential oil uses include antiviral effects, and so it’s not uncommon for those who practice alternative medicine to use the oil in a diffuser under the premise that breathing in the sweet aroma may help combat the viral source of infection.

3. Circulation: Some essential oils possess sedative like qualities, while others are known as natural stimulants. Cassia falls into the latter category, and so it may come as no surprise that when used in aromatherapy or diffusion, it can provide an uplifting and rejuvenating sensation in some. These stimulating effects are thought to also have positive implications for those with circulatory problems as well, and cassia essential oil uses are thought to include increasing circulation throughout the body when applied topically after dilution in a carrier oil. This use is also purported to be helpful in persons who have pain from arthritis, too.

4. Bacterial Infections: Many essential oils (such as oregano) are effective against bacteria, but one recent study found that cassia joined a select group of essential oils in demonstrating antibacterial effects more potent than some antibiotics against certain strains of bacteria. More study will be needed to better understand how these results might translate to modern day medicinal use, but oral ingestion of therapeutic grade cassia oil after approval from a healthcare provider may be effective in certain cases of infection. Additionally, topical application of the oil either neat or with a carrier in those with sensitive skin may be appropriate to prevent infections of minor wounds and other external uses as well.

5. Home Disinfection: Cassia essential oil uses have long been explored in the maintenance of a clean living space, and no doubt its tendency to keep cockroaches away is a good example of this. However, given the chemical laden nature of many modern cleaning products, cassia oil diluted in water may provide a safer, germ killing alternative in terms of keeping household surfaces clean. Some also suggest that using the oil via diffusion may also aid in whole home disinfection and keeping the air pure as well.