QUICK ESSENTIAL OIL REFERENCE GUIDE: Cassia

Have you ever wondered what essential oils you should have on hand for yourself and your family?

I will be posting a quick reference guide to each essential oil to help you choose your personal apothecary.

We’re going to be going over what each oil is good for, how to use it, what it goes with to create a blend, and what to watch out for if you’re pregnant, planning to spend some time in the sun, or dealing with a particular ailment or medical condition.

As I sharing these with you we will be looking at pure, single essential oils, not at the many blended products that are available from just about any essential oil provider. Before you choose any of these blends many of with are touted by glowing testimonials on the distributors websites, or by sales representatives with long-winded spiels. Be sure that you know exactly which oils are in them.

Blends are meant as conveniences to help speed relief to you for an ailment, but they often contain oils you do not require for that purpose. Just as you would not mix up a handful of pills and swallow them without knowing what you were taking, be cautious in using blends that contain ingredients you do not require.

And as with all essential oils, check with your doctor before using any product to be sure it will not react with medications you already take. 

Be an informed consumer and take the safest path to overall wellness.

 

Ok, now that we got all that out of the way today we are going to be talking about…

 

CASSIA

Also know as cassia bark and Chinese cinnamon, cassia is often used as a powdered spice for curries in India, where it has earned the name false cinnamon.

The essential oil is produced through steam distillation of the plant’s leaves, bark, and twigs.

WHAT IS IT USED FOR

  • Arthritis
  • Colds and flu
  • Colic
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive issues
  • Fever Flatulence Nausea

 

HOW IT’S USED

  1. In a vaporizer or diffuser
  2. In a cream blend

COMPLEMENTARY OILS

  • Balsam
  • Black pepper
  • Caraway
  • Coriander
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Rosemary

 

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR

Do not use cassia oil in a massage oil blend. It irritates the skin and mucous membranes. When  using cassia oil in a cream, blend no more than 1 drop per ounce of cream to avoid irritating your skin. Pregnant women should avoid cassia oil.

DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY

MAY CAUSE SKIN IRRITATION

AVOID CONTACT WITH MUCOUS MEMBRANES

 

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Sources:

Image by Fathima Shanas from Pixabay

Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press

ISBN #9780989558693

Information pulled March 18, 2019

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