Cassia Essential Oil

Cassia Essential Oil

Cassia is an evergreen tree native to China and Burma, and is sometimes called Chinese cinnamon. In Southeast Asia, cassia bark is used as a cooking spice and a medicine for digestive complaints. Chinese medicine also employs cassia to treat vascular disorders.

Cassia extract is widely used to flavor candies and soft drinks, and as an antiseptic ingredient in mouthwashes. The oil is also frequently used as an economical alternative to cinnamon oil in fragrancing because of its similar scent.

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Cassia Essential Oil Profile

Botanical: Cinnamomum cassia | Origin: Vietnam | Method: Steam Distilled


Cassia oil is a yellow to golden brown liquid of medium consistency, with a sweet-spicy, woodsy aroma that resembles cinnamon oil. Cassia blends well with oils of balsam, black pepper, caraway seed, chamomile, coriander, frankincense, ginger, geranium, nutmeg, and rosemary.

Principal Constituents:

These are naturally occurring in the essential oil.

  • cinnamic aldehyde

  • cinnamyl acetate

  • methyl eugenol

  • salicylaldehyde

  • methysalicylaldehyde

  • linalool

  • chavicol


Cassia oil is considered a potential dermal toxin, dermal sensitizer, and dermal and mucous membrane irritant due to the eugenol content. It is generally recommended that cassia oil not be used topically except in extreme dilution. Avoid cassia oil in pregnancy. 

Important Note: The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary modality.

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