Agent Name

Cassia oil

CAS Number

8007-80-5

Formula

Unspecified

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Cinnamomum cassia oil; Cinnamomum zeylanicum; Oil of cinnamon; Cassia bark oil; Cassia bark oil (Cinnamomum cassia Blume); Ceylon Cinnamon bark oil; Chinese cinnamon; Cinnamon bark oil; Cinnamon bark oil, Ceylon; Cinnamon oil; Cinnamon oil, Chinese; Crude Cassia oil; Kassia oel [German]; Oil of cassia; Oil of chinese cinnamon; Oils, cassia; Oils, cinnamon; [ChemIDplus] Cinnamomum cassia blume oil; [Good Scents MSDS]

Category

Plant Oils and Extracts

Description

Yellow or brown liquid; Darkened and thickened by exposure to air; [Merck Index] Yellow to yellow-brown oily liquid with a sweet woody odor; [Good Scents MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Volatile oil from the leaves and twigs of Cinnamomum cassia; Contains 75-90% cinnamaldehyde; Used as a spice and flavor in foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals; Also used therapeutically (carminative, antiseptic, and astringent); [Merck Index] Used as flavoring agent or adjuvant; [FDA]

Comments

A mild to severe skin irritant; Causes lowered blood pressure and acute pulmonary edema in intraperitoneal lethal-dose studies of mice; Causes hypoglycemia, effects on lipids, and changes in structure or function of endocrine pancreas in 35-day intermittent oral studies of mice; [RTECS] A skin irritant; [HSDB] An irritant; May cause skin sensitization; Harmful by skin absorption; [Good Scents MSDS] See "Cinnamon."

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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