Cassia, Cinnamomum cassia, is steam distilled from the bark of the Cinnamomum cassia tree, native to China and Indonesia.
Cassia and "true cinnamon" share the same botanical family. While they both have a spicy, warm aroma, cassia is sweeter and less pungent than cinnamon. Most of the "cinnamon sticks" and "ground cinnamon" purchased in grocery stores is really cassia.
Cassia oil is commonly used as an antiseptic due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. When applied to the skin, cassia has a warming sensation as it encourages blood flow. This natural warming effect may help to soothe sore muscles and achy joints and induce relaxation. Cassia is a very strong and potent oil and can cause skin irritation if not diluted properly in a carrier oil.
Aromatherapy Properties: The spicy, sweet aroma of cassia oil creates a cozy, warming quality that can help reduce stress, improve mood, and provide feelings of relaxation, warmth, and tranquility. A drop or two (remember it is very strong) in some warm water or a diffuser will scent your home and create a nice inviting atmosphere.
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Pregnancy and Children: We do not provide information on the safety of essential oils during Pregnancy or for use in Children because the available information is very ambiguous and often contradictory. If you’re interested in using essential oils during pregnancy or with young children please do your own research and consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional before use.
Precautions: If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, have a medical condition, or have any medical concerns regarding yourself or your family consult a qualified, licensed health professional prior to use. For external use only. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. Keep out of reach of children.