3 February 2022 / Caitlin Devlin
Cassia Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits
Cassia oil can help the flow of our body's natural processes and brighten our skin.
A member of the cinnamon family, cassia comes from the bark of the cassia tree, native to China and Burma, and is considered one of the fifty fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine.
It has been associated with the treatment of a huge number of diseases over hundreds of years, and these days its warm, spicy scent is still linked to a diverse array of health benefits, including improved digestion and circulation, gentler menstrual symptoms, and healthier hair and skin.
Cassia essential oil can help manage PMS symptoms.
Cassia oil is has emmenagogue properties, which means that it helps to stimulate menstrual flow. This allows it to open obstructed menstrual paths and relieve any cramps caused by the obstruction. It’s analgesic (pain-relieving) effects are able to support cramp relief too, as well as reduce the severity of headaches and muscle aches.
Cassia oil also has warming properties, which help it to relax the body. One of the most common PMS symptoms is low mood, which cassia oil can also help to address. The compound cinnamic aldehyde is present in cassia oil, and is known to help soothe symptoms of stress and lift low moods.
It can treat diarrhoea.
An anti-diarrhoea agent, cassia oil is able to bind the bowls and stop diarrhoea episodes, thereby preventing the loss of excess nutrients from the body. As an anti-inflammatory it can also help to address the inflammation in the body that can cause digestive issues. Not only that, but cassia oil has useful bacteria and fungi-killing properties that may help to address the root of the problem, and its warming qualities allow it to soothe the gut. In short, cassia oil is able to approach and treat the problem of diarrhoea from many angles.
It improves circulation.
Cassia oil enhances blood circulation, which accounts for the warming feeling that it creates throughout the body. By improving circulation in this way, cassia oil ensures that you get the proper amount of nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Often, muscle aches are caused by weak circulation, and so cassia oil’s ability to stimulate blood circulation – as well as its anti-inflammatory properties – can be really beneficial to sore muscles. It is theorised that use of cassia oil for circulation in this way can also lower the risk of serious health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.
It’s good for your hair and skin.
As well as its many other properties, cassia oil is an astringent, meaning that it can cause the contraction of skin cells and other tissues. This can be very useful for fighting coughs, as cassia oil can shrink mucous membranes and relieve congestion in the chest, but many people also use cassia oil’s astringent properties for healthier hair and skin. By restricting skin cells on the face, cassia oil can protect the skin from damage and also give it a younger, brighter appearance. Cassia oil also naturally strengthens hair roots, leading to thicker, softer hair.
Much like its cinnamon-scented cousin, cassia oil is a true health oil, with a huge number of medical applications. The inhalation or (diluted) topical application of cassia oil can not only have great physical effects on the body, but also great cosmetic ones.
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