Cassia oil has been known in Chinese medicine for more than 5,000 years. Prized for its exotic aromas and flavors as much as for its medicinal benefits, it is mentioned throughout history in connection with holy ritual as well as medicine.
Cassia essential oil might be most famous for its biblical connections: it was one of the components of the anointing oil recipe given to Moses in Exodus 30:22-33. It was intended for Moses to make holy the articles of the Tabernacle, and in the ordinance of the priesthood. Those who were anointed or who touched the anointed objects would then become ‘most holy.’ At first, this practice was reserved solely for the priesthood, but later was extended to the nobility, prophets and kings. It was prohibited for use by commoners or those outside the church, and the local people were forbidden to try to duplicate it for themselves.
The tree itself is native to China, and its chemical components include cinnamic aldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, linalool, benzaldehyde, and chavicol. The oil is steam distilled from the leaves, and it is quite dark in color due to its high tannic content. For this reason, it is not often used in perfumery. The most common uses for cassia oil are in aromatherapy, and also for household, culinary, and pharmaceutical preparations.
It should be noted that cassia essential oil is a skin irritant and should never be used undiluted. Cassia oil is produced in large quantities by many different manufacturers, and because of this you run the risk of purchasing an oil that has been adulterated – which is never good for therapeutic purposes.
Cassia essential oil is probably best known for its antiemetic and stimulant qualities, but it has many other versatile applications in aromatherapy, as a household disinfectant and an all-around antimicrobial.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.
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