What a wonderful journey we have been on discovering all the Essential Oils A to Z! Last month we stopped at Caraway and Carrot Seed, let’s see where this month takes us…
The leaves of Cinnamomum cassia are steam distilled to create this spicy, sweet and woodsy oil. Cassia is a middle note oil that blends well with Black Pepper, Geranium, and Citrus (i.e. Grapefruit, Lemon or Sweet Orange) or Spice (i.e. Anise, Ginger or Nutmeg) oils.
Native to China, Cassia is often called Chinese Cinnamon, due to the fact that it belongs to the same family as Cinnamon, and they share similar aromatic qualities. Like its relative, this oil is mentally and emotionally uplifting and provides warmth, simply add to a diffuser. Cassia is a wonderful addition to joint and muscle blends, as it helps promote circulation. Additionally, it can be beneficial for minor aches and pains, like cramping, headaches and nausea. Cassia contains antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
Found in Canada, Thuja occidentalis is steam distilled to produce this oil that is intensely sharp and fresh, with a woody camphoraceous aroma. Cedar Leaf is a top note oil that blends well with Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon and Pine.
Cedar Leaf can be used to help relieve mild muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis due to its antidiuretic and stimulating properties that promote toxin removal and blood flow. Beneficial for women, this oil can help promote a more regular menstrual cycle, as well as alleviate cramping and nausea. Cedar Leaf can be combined with a carrier oil and other soothing oils, like Lavender, and gently massaged into the abdomen for relief. Cedar Leaf can also be used for insects like mosquitos, fleas and bed bugs. This oil is on the strong side, so it is best used in smaller doses for aromatic purposes.