Cinnamon and Cassia Essential Oils

Cinnamon and Cassia

Cinnamon and Cassia are mentioned in Exodus 30:22-31 as part of the holy anointing oil.  The Hebrew word for the spice Cassia is similar to the word meaning to bow down or to pay homage. Homage in the Scriptures means to honor another by bending low in deep respect. Yeshua’s Bride is to be humble toward all people.  She is to bow down in homage to God alone.

Cassia and Cinnamon are very similar in fragrance because they are actually of the same genus and the laurel family of plants. Cassia was considered inferior to other plants in the laurel family.[1]

Isn’t that true of Yeshua’s life? The leaders considered Him of little account because He came from Nazareth, but His Father glorified Him, as mentioned in John 8:54.

In the middle ages, the Arabs maintained monopoly of the spice trade by claiming Cinnamon was harvested from the nests of ferocious birds and had to be gathered under their attack.[2]

This prized spice was also used by a band of thieves who stole jewels off dead bodies during the Black Plague in Europe without contracting the disease. When the King of England questioned them, he discovered that their secret was essential oils, which included Cinnamon.

Therapeutic/Medicinal Uses

Both Cassia and Cinnamon are extremely effective in fighting bacteria and viruses.  Research has revealed that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot sustain themselves in the presence of therapeutic grade essential oils and it was probably these oils that protected the Israelites from disease.[3]

Benefits of Cassia oil include offering support to the immunity system against colds and flu simply by inhaling them or rubbing them on the soles of the feet.

Cinnamon is being used to cure diabetes, high-blood sugar, and high blood pressure according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.[4] It also calms spasms of the digestive tract, indigestion, diarrhea, colitis, vomiting, and nausea.  Many have used Cinnamon for the treatment of depression and stress-related conditions.

These oils may also be used for dry, sensitive skin, but both should be diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil.


[1] United States Department of Agriculture.

[2] Aromatherapy Solutions.  Page 67.

[3] Stewart, David, Ph.D., D.N.M.  The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple: God’s love manifest in molecules.  Care Publications.  2005.  Page 129.

[4] United States Department of Agriculture.