13 Surprising Benefits of Cassia Essential Oil

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The health benefits of cassia essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an anti-diarrhea, antidepressant, anti-emetic, anti-galactagogue, antimicrobial, anti-rheumatic, anti-arthritic, astringent, antiviral, carminative, circulatory, emmenagogue, febrifuge, and stimulant substance.

What is Cassia Essential Oil?

The essential oil of cassia is derived by steam distillation of its leaves and twigs. The bark is also used sometimes to extract the oil. The scientific name of Cassia is Cinnamomum cassia. It is also known by two other botanical names, Laurus cassia and Cinnamomum aromaticum.

This evergreen tree is native to China and Burma and is commonly known as Chinese cinnamon. Its bark is actually used to flavor food and beverages, just like original cinnamon. The chief constituents of the essential oil of cassia are benzaldehyde, chavicol, cinnamic aldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and linalool.

Health Benefits of Cassia Essential Oil

Chinese healers knew the medicinal uses of cassia far back in history. It is believed that it is from them, the medicinal uses of this plant spread to other parts of the world.

But what are these medicinal uses? Let’s explore them in greater detail below.

Treats Diarrhea

The essential oil of cassia has various benefits on the digestive system and being an anti-diarrhea agent is one of them. It can be used to bind the bowels and stop diarrhea episodes. Being an antimicrobial agent, it also treats diarrhea caused by the microbial action. It inhibits the microbial growth and stops diarrhea from occurring thanks to its content of fiber, which binds loose stool into healthy bowel movements.

Antidepressant

The effect of this essential oil fights depression, uplifts mood, and induces warm feelings in the body and mind.

Anti-emetic

This oil can be used to treat nausea and to stop vomiting. It induces a refreshing feeling and drives away feelings that bring on nausea and vomiting.

Close up of fresh yellow cassia flowers with leaves in the forest

Anti-galactagogue

Cassia essential oil can reduce the secretion of milk and is, therefore, not recommended for lactating mothers.

Relieves Rheumatism

Being a circulatory and a stimulant substance, cassia essential oil improves blood circulation and brings warmth to the joints and other parts of the body affected by rheumatism and arthritis, thus giving relief from these uncomfortable conditions.

Inhibits Microbial Growth

The essential oil of cassia inhibits microbial growth and protects from microbial infections. This property is useful for inhibiting microbial infections in the urethra, colon, kidneys, urinary tracts, and other parts of the body.

Astringent

This property of the essential oil of cassia does a lot of good. It strengthens gums and hair roots, tightens muscles and lifts the skin. It also helps stop hemorrhaging by contracting blood vessels.

Boosts Circulation

Cassia essential oil improves the circulation of blood and thereby facilitates the proper distribution of nutrients and oxygen to all the body parts. This property is also beneficial in fighting rheumatism and arthritis.

Antiviral

Cassia essential oil is effective in countering viral infections and gives sound protection from cold and cough, influenza and other viral diseases.

Emmenagogue

The essential oil of cassia relaxes menstrual cramps and opens obstructed menstruation paths. This also gives relief from symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and drowsiness that are commonly associated with menses.

Febrifuge

Being an antimicrobial and antiviral agent, cassia essential oil fights the infections causing fever and thus helps lower body temperature. The circulatory property of this oil also helps boost the immune system of the body. The warming effect of this oil gives relief from the fever as well.

Stimulant

Cassia essential oil stimulates bodily functions, namely, metabolism, secretions, discharges, circulation and also the nervous system and the brain, thereby helping to be more active and alert.

Carminative

Cassia essential oil gives relief from gases forming in the intestines and drives them out of the body. It also stops the further formation of gases.

Other Benefits

Cassia essential oil can be used to treat uterine hemorrhaging and other internal and external hemorrhaging due to its astringent properties. It also cures the loss of libido and sexual disorders such as frigidity and impotence, as well as heals digestive disorders, flatulence, colic, stomach disorders, headaches, and general body pain.

Recent research suggests that Cinnamomum cassia oil has the potential to be used as a natural antibacterial agent in the food industry.

Word of Caution: It produces irritation and sensitization on the skin and in the mucous membrane, so it should be avoided during pregnancy.

Blending: The essential oils of balsam, black pepper, caraway, chamomile, coriander, frankincense, ginger, geranium, nutmeg, rosemary, and some citrus oils blend well with the essential oil of Cassia.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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