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Cassia Bark Essential Oil

Cassia Bark

Resembling Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil in aroma, Cassia Essential Oil is sometimes used as an economical substitute within fragrancing applications.

It is my understanding that most of the "Ground Cinnamon" that we purchase in grocery stores, and even most of the "Cinnamon Sticks" that are sold are not true cinnamon, but are really its more affordable cousin, Cassia, Cinnamomum cassia.

Cassia Essential Oil

When comparing the bark oils of both Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia) and Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), I personally prefer the richer, fuller aroma of Cinnamon Oil to that of Cassia Oil.

I have purchased sticks of both Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum zeylanicum, and also prefer the aroma and flavor of Cinnamomum zeylanicum in bark form.

Topically, both Cassia Bark and Cinnamon Bark oils should be used with extreme caution, if at all. Refer to the Safety Information section below for more information.

Botanical Name

Cinnamomum cassia

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used



Golden Yellow/Brown



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Spicy, sweet, woodsy, earthy.

Cassia Essential Oil Uses

Fragrancing, indigestion, gas, colic, diarrhea, rheumatism, cold/flu. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 112.]

Major Constituents

(E)-Cinnamyl acetate
2-Phenylethyl acetate
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1976-1978 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1979), 13. B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 163, 201. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils, Number 6. (Perfumer & Flavorist 26, 2001), 48-52. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 235.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young caution that there is a high risk of skin sensitization when using Cassia Oil (the bark or leaf oil) and recommend a dermal maximum of 0.05%. They indicate that it may inhibit blood clotting and that it is contraindicated in pregnancy/breastfeeding. Avoid use with children under 2. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 235.]

Shelf Life

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