Now that we have made our way through the crazy sugar high of Halloween I am looking forward to homemade soups full of nourishing whole foods. I thoroughly enjoy the seasonal spices typical of wintertime meals. Clove, Bay leaf, Black Pepper, Nutmeg and Cinnamon are a few of my favorite aromas of the holidays. Adding a drop or two of my choice essential oil is a cheap and easy way to flavor my dishes but also boost my family’s immune system. My morning cup of coffee is much improved after a tablespoon of honey and a drop of Cassia essential oil. This particular oil is a kin to Cinnamon with a less intense yet a bit spicier flavor. It has properties that contribute to the reduction of illness and emotional distress. Be sure to dilute Cassia essential oil in coconut oil before applying to sensitive skin. Tossing a drop or two into your morning smoothie would make for a delicious seasonal treat. Try one banana, half an apple, almond milk, cashew butter, and a dollop of canned pumpkin plus two drops of Cassia essential oil for a refreshing and healthful breakfast. Cassia contains a high amount of fiber so daily use is very beneficial. This essential oil is a known anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-diarrhea, anti-arthritic, and anti-depressant. Unfortunately, Cassia essential oil is not safe for use during pregnancy or nursing because it dries up the milk supply and works on the mucus membranes. Cassia is a native plant of China and Burma where it is used for a variety of ailments as well as recipes. The hot scent lends itself beautifully to teas and perfumes. This oil can be used to make a fabulous wintertime rub for sore muscles. When used on the face and scalp Cassia’s astringent properties help maintain tight skin and strong hair. This is a delicious and simple essential oil that will help quell any holiday stress and ease tension in the body. Take the time this season to slow down and savor some self-care with a Cassia infused massage.
By: Kristen and Bethany