Cassia Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Warming, strong, and spicy, Cassia essential oil is a valuable addition to your essential oil stash. Since it is a relative of cinnamon, Cassia’s pungent aroma won’t be new to most of us. It has a long, rich history of both internal and external uses to promote health, vitality, and energy from Old Testament times to the present!


DoTERRA steam-distills Cassia essential oil from the thick bark of the Cinnamomum cassia trees that grow best in China, Vietnam, and Indonesia. From cooking to repelling mosquitoes to immune, anti-inflammatory, digestive, and heart-healthy applications, Cassia essential oil offers you many benefits.

One of the easiest ways to use Cassia is as a simple replacement for cinnamon when you are cooking. Its flavor profile is so similar you won’t be able to tell much difference, but there is a subtle change. It will give you and your family an extra boost and add a deeper, spicier flavor than Cinnamon. Cassia is a spicy oil though, so just make sure to dilute it whenever you are applying it topically. A little goes a long way!


Cassia essential oil’s constituents are powerful aides to your immune health. It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can help to keep infection from spreading in your body and home.

Adding a couple of drops to your household cleaners can kill off lingering bugs, and diffusing it with other immune-boosting oils like Lemon, Melaleuca, Eucalyptus, Clove, or Frankincense can help keep the air you breathe healthy.

To give your immune system a boost, Cassia essential oil is a great one to take internally. Add a drop to either some water or a veggie capsule for extra immune support.


Inflammation is the root cause of so many of the chronic issues we are facing as women. From autoimmunity, hormone imbalance, brain fog, fertility issues, and more, inflammation in your body causes internal chaos and unpleasant symptoms. Cassia is a great essential oil to help fight inflammation and support the overall health of every system in your body.

The best way to harness its anti-inflammatory power is to take it internally, so try adding some Cassia essential oil to your smoothies, water, or simply a veggie capsule to help your body stay healthy!


Cassia essential oil is a great one to boost your metabolism and help keep your digestive system happy. Cinnamaldehyde, its main constituent, supports healthy intestine and colon cells by enabling your body to produce natural antioxidants. This prevents toxins and inflammation from building up and causing problems in your gut. It also helps to support healthy blood sugar levels, which can keep you from suffering those spikes and dips that lead to hunger cravings and mid-afternoon slumps!

There are a couple of different ways to harness the digestive support of Cassia. One option is to just add a drop to a glass of water along with a drop of Lemon essential oil to wake up your metabolism and give your digestive system a boost. This combination can also help banish cravings to help keep you on track.

I also love to use Cassia in my Crave Control Rollerball blend for those times when I am on the go and need to crush a craving. Applying this blend to your palms, cupping your hands over your mouth, and taking several deep breaths will help ease the feeling of needing that sugary treat.

Crave Control Rollerball Blend

7 drops Peppermint essential oil
7 drops Grapefruit essential oil
3 drops Ginger essential oil
3 drops Cassia (or Cinnamon Bark) essential oil
Carrier oil of choice

Add essential oils to 10 ml glass rollerball bottle. Fill to the top with carrier oil of choice. Replace top, cap, and swirl to combine.


The same cinnamaldehyde that gives Cassia essential oil its digestive benefits can also aide in the health of your kidneys and circulation. It helps keep the communication pathways in your kidneys functioning properly so they can continue filtering as they are supposed to. When you take Cassia internally, it can also support healthy heart function and proper circulation.

Adding Cassia essential oil to recipes that call for cinnamon, or taking a couple drops in a glass of water or a veggie capsule, will help you harness these benefits.

A little goes a long way with this pungent oil, so I recommend using the toothpick method if you are using it in cooking. Dip a toothpick into the oil and swirl it into your dish until you get the taste you are going for.


When the cool fall or winter days have you down, whether physically or emotionally, incorporating some Cassia essential oil into your next massage may be just what you need. When diluted and used in a massage, it can be warming, uplifting and soothing to your body and your mind. Its emotional support will bring comfort and its warmth will ease your muscle tension.


Spicy scents reminiscent of fall are warming and comforting. Cassia essential oil offers the familiar cinnamon-like smell with constituents that promote brain health and mood support. The scent is both comforting and exciting to help create an environment that is welcoming, festive, and uplifting.

Cassia’s aroma is very pungent, so a little bit goes a long way! Try one of these diffuser blends to bring the smell of autumn into your home and create a welcoming environment any time of the year!

Fall Harvest Diffuser Blend

2 drops Cedarwood essential oil
2 drops Wild Orange essential oil
1 drop Cassia essential oil
1 drop Juniper Berry essential oil

Pumpkin Spice Diffuser Blend

2 drops Ginger essential oil
1 drop of the following:
Clove essential oil
Wild Orange essential oil
Cardamom essential oil
Cassia essential oil


With its similarity to cinnamon, Cassia essential oil will not be a hard one to find everyday uses for in your kitchen and around your home. With its spectacular health benefits for your and your family and with its welcoming aroma, it is definitely one you will want to have on hand as fall approaches and use any time of year!

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