Cassia oil is interesting. The botanical name is Cinnamomum cassia. This oil is the less expensive alternative to Cinnamon Bark so it is often called “poor man’s Cinnamon.” The thick bark of the tree has to be removed carefully to keep it from curling like cinnamon does and the oil is extracted from the leaves, bark, and twigs. The scent of the oil is like cinnamon with a touch of floral undertones.
Aromatic influences: Mood uplifting. Emotionally uplifting. Warming.
Combines well with:
Lavender, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Myrrh, Bay Rum, Jasmine, spice, and citrus oils.
Points of interest
- Is a hot oil and can be irritating to the skin, like Cinnamon Bark, so be very careful when using topically.
- Do not use when pregnant or when nursing.
- Insect repellant.
- Used medicinally in much the same way as Cinnamon Bark.
- Helps reduce cellulite.
- Works great in potpourri.
- It’s a great oil to use in scenting soap. In fact, the herbs were used to scent the famous Brown Windsor soap favored by Queen Victoria.
- The herb has a long history of use as a domestic spice.
- Helps with digestive complaints.
- As with all other hot oils, it has great antiseptic and antibacterial properties. You can use it when cleaning countertops in your kitchen and bathroom. Add a few drops to a wet cloth and wipe down the counters.
Here are a few recipes involving Cassia oil. To check for more, you can click on Cassia in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.
*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it. Cassia is a hot oil so please test first.
- 12 drops Eucalyptus globulus
- 12 drops Peppermint
- 6 drops Ginger Root
- 6 drops Cassia
- 2 ounces Carrier oil or Alcohol (rubbing alcohol or vodka)
Mix ingredients. Shake or stir a few times a day for 3 days to disperse the essential oils into the carrier. Massage 1/2 to 1 teaspoon into sore muscles as needed. (1)
Northern Lights Bath Salts
- 3 drops Pine Needles
- 2 drops Cinnamon Bark
- 2 drops Cassia
- 2 tablespoons Vegetable Glycerin
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 1 cup sea Salt
Mix salt and baking soda together. Add essential oils to the glycerin, then mix into salt mixture. Break up any clumps. To use, add 2-4 tablespoons of bath salts to running water for a full bath. (3)
- 5 drops Cassia
- 1/4 teaspoon Powdered Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Arrowroot Powder
- 3/4 cup Corn Starch
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Add the essential oil drop by drop, blend thoroughly. Store in a shaker or container with lid. Dust body with powder and enjoy. (3)
Whispering Rain Body Mist
- 5 drops Sandalwood
- 10 drops Bergamot FCF
- 10 drops Cassia
- 3 tablespoons Organic Vodka or Witch Hazel
- 2 cups Distilled water
Mix all ingredients in a fine mist spray bottle. Shake well. You can also add a few drops of glycerin to the blend to act as a moisturizer. Allow to sit for 24 hours in a dark, cool cabinet before use. Shake well before and during every use. (3)
Cassia oil is interesting, isn’t it. I am trying to find more ways to use it and having a great deal of fun doing it. What do you like to use it for? What recipe are you going to try first? Please tell us in the comment section at the bottom of the page. As for me, I’m going to go try making some soap with it. With a little Sandalwood. And maybe some Orange, or Bergamot, or….
- Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Gree
- The Aromatherapy Companion, by Victoria H. Edwards
- Organic Beauty with Essential Oil: For Natural Skin Care, Hair Care and Bath & Body Products, by Rebecca Park Totilo