CASSIA vs CINNAMON
Similar to how Sacred Frankincense and Frankincense are in the same family, but boast difference benefits, so it is with Cassia and Cinnamon.
Cassia has a grounding and balancing aroma to inspire emotional release. Frankly, it’s an intoxicating and rich aroma- very potent to someone new to essential oils. This potent scent creates a sense of peace and serenity. Serenity now, anyone?
Some practical everyday uses for Cassia include;
• Diffuse Cassia to refresh and purify the air of odors. • Add it to DIY cleaners or Thieves Cleaner to clean dirt and grime from surfaces. • Take your meditation or spiritual practices to the next level. • Diffuse it with citrus and conifer oils to make your home smell amazing.
Cassia has deep history and has been used for centuries.
In the Bible’s Old Testament, Cassia was mentioned as a holy anointing oil. It was a key ingredient in temple incense. “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad” (Psalm 45:8).
It was also used in ancient Egypt and China. It is listed as one of the 50 fundamental herbs of Chinese tradition.
Now, how exactly is Cassia different from Cinnamon?
The Cinnamomum cassia tree, from which we get Cassia essential oil, is from the same plant family as cinnamon—similar, but each quite unique. Cassia has a deeper, sweeter scent with higher levels of coumarin and trans-cinnamaldehyde.
In other words, the amazing benefits we receive from Cinnamon (blood sugar support, immune support, emotion support, etc) are much more magnified in Cassia. Also, the bark of cassia is thicker, whereas cinnamon is thinner with many more aroma layers.
Cassia derived from Hebrew "quddah", meaning "amber" or "quetsioth", meaning "bark like cinnamon". Greek work is "kasia" meaning trees that resemble acacias.
If you are a seasoned oil user, Cassia is a beautiful oil to add to your collection of healing tools.