Cassia was one of the principal spices of the Holy Anointing oil used to anoint priests, kings and their garments. Likewise, the coming King Messiah’s robes will smell of cassia. Cassia is not frequently used today but was apparently a highly valued commodity in biblical times. The root word, kiddah, in both Hebrew and Arabic, signifies a strip and refers to the strips of bark from which the spice is made. In the spiritual sense, cassia speaks of devotion (being stripped of pride) and consecration (set apart) with a servant’s heart. The deep, exotic aroma and the rich color of our Cassia oil make it a welcome addition to our family of biblical fragrant anointing oils.
Psalm 45:8 “Your robes are all fragrant with myrrh, aloes and cassia…”
Cassia is an evergreen tree with an aromatic bark, similar to cinnamon, but darker, thicker and coarser. The outer surface is rough and greyish-brown, the inside bark is smoother and reddish-brown. The stems are cut down when the bark is mature. The bark is removed in short lengths and dried, then ground into powder or rolled from both sides toward the center, to form a quill resembling a scroll. An aromatic oil can be derived through steam distillation of the leaves to produce a strong and penetrating fragrance.