We all know that variety is the spice of life, so why not explore a hidden gem of an essential oil and add some new spicy scents to your home with a few drops of Cassia?

The benefits of Cassia essential oil are so numerous, it’s no wonder this oil has been used throughout history by ancient civilizations from Egypt to China. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel back in time to harness the power of this pure essential oil. You can take advantage of all those benefits today!

What does Cassia essential oil smell like?

Do you love the warm, cozy scent of Cinnamon Bark oil but wish you could tone it down just a notch? Cassia essential oil is your new go-to. Its aroma—just the right balance of sweet and spicy—will remind you of mornings when Grandma made her famous cinnamon rolls.

Cassia essential oil is extracted from the steam-distilled bark of the cassia tree. The result is a warm and cozy aroma with a lighter, softer scent than other spicy oils.

Cassia vs. Cinnamon Bark: What’s the difference?

Think of Cassia essential oil and Cinnamon Bark oil as siblings. Cassia and Cinnamon Bark come from the same family of tree barks but vary in color and scent strength. Looking for a softer cinnamon scent? Bust out a bottle of Cassia. Ready to kick the spice up a notch? Bring on the Cinnamon Bark!

Just like Cinnamon Bark oil, Cassia essential oil should be diluted at a 1:4 ratio of Cassia to carrier oil before being used topically. That means for every drop of Cassia oil, you should use four drops of carrier oil.

Cassia essential oil

Latin name: Cinnamomum cassia

Aroma: Cinnamon-like, but sweeter and lighter

Also called: Chinese cinnamon

Cinnamon Bark essential oil

Latin name: Cinnamomun zeylanicum

Aroma: Warm and robust like the spice in your kitchen cupboard

Also called: Cinnamon

How to use Cassia essential oil

The good news? Cassia’s warm yet gentle aroma opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to its uses.

More good news? You can use Cassia in many of the same ways you use Cinnamon Bark! Here are some of our favorite ways to spice up your life with the scent of Cassia essential oil.


Clean spice

Add Cassia essential oil to your Thieves® Household Cleaner for an extra cinnamon cleansing boost.

Combine 5 drops of Cassia with 24 ounces of water and 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner for a truly all-purpose spray that will have you saying, “spice, spice, baby!” as you freshen your home.

On a cleaning kick? We’ve got you covered! Here are more ways to get creative with Thieves Household Cleaner.

Serene spice

Prepare yourself a luxurious, warm bathtime treat with a cozy-scented bath oil. Combine 3 drops of Cassia, 3 drops of Northern Lights Black Spruce, and 1 ounce of carrier oil and pour into your bathwater. Let the peaceful aroma soothe your soul while the carrier oil moisturizes your skin.

Ancient spice

Because of its ties to the Bible—it was a key ingredient in the incense used in temple worship—Cassia is one of the 10 oils included in YL’s Oils of Ancient Scripture collection.

Discover age-old benefits of these Biblical oils by pairing Cassia essential oil with other precious oils such as Cypress or Myrrh. Combine this trio with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex and massage into the bottoms of your feet during meditation to encourage inner connection.

Crafty spice

There’s no need for cinnamon-scented air fresheners and candles when you have Cassia essential oil to spice up a room!

Use this DIY room spray on couches, pillows, curtains, and bedding—wherever you want things to feel a little cozier. Add the following to your favorite spritzer and mix well before freshening your space:

3 ounces water
10 drops Cassia essential oil
10 drops Idaho Grand Fir essential oil
6 drops Grapefruit essential oil
1 ounce witch hazel

Aromatic spice

Diffuse the sweet, light aroma of Cassia essential oil in times of doubt to center yourself. The subtle hint of spice wrapped in the warm, cozy scent will help bring what’s truly important into focus.

Want to create your own essential oil diffuser blend? Cassia blends especially well with citrus and conifer oils. A few drops of Cassia create a lovely aroma when combined with oils such as Juniper, Bergamot, or Grapefruit.

There’s a Cassia diffuser blend for any level of sugar or spice you’re looking for.

Try some of these blends to get started!

Still Mind diffuser blend

Diffuse Cassia essential oil with Frankincense during meditation or while you practice mindfulness to encourage inner connection and positive self-awareness. The combination of earthy, pine-like Frankincense and light, sweet Cassia will fill the room with sweet scents while you reflect.

4 drops Cassia 4 drops Frankincense

Refresh diffuser blend

If you ever need to hit the scent “reset” on surroundings, diffuse Cassia essential oil with Tea Tree, Pine, and a touch of Lavender to cleanse the air of unpleasant odors. The robust aromas from these four oils are the first step to a clean, fresh space.

3 drops Cassia 3 drops Tea Tree 2 drops Pine 1 drop Lavender

Afternoon Sunshine diffuser blend

Amp up the happiness in your home by combining the cozy aroma of Cassia with mellow Cedarwood and citrusy Orange. Everything will smell thrice as nice with this diffuser blend of bliss.

3 drops Cassia 3 drops Cedarwood 3 drops Orange

For more ideas on spicing up your home, check out our post on snuggling up with Cinnamon Bark or read up on new ways to use Clove.

Which tip will you use to spice up your life with scent of Cassia?

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