Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)

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Description

An evergreen tree of approximate height of 10-15 metres, with leathery stiff elongated leaves. The best and most desired bark is collected on a juvenile tree that has red leafed tips. The flower is a delicate white with a pale yellow centre, that then produce fruit about the size of a small olive. The trees have a tendency to spring new shoots from the roots, and are at their peak of perfection at the age of 10-12 years. Other names it is known by are Chinese Cinnamon Oil and Chinese Cassia.

Cassia shares the same botanical family as the Cinnamon, which both have the essential oil made from the outer trunk of the tree. Cassia sticks can be distinguished from their cousin Cinnamon quite easily, as the bark roll differs. Cinnamon has a layered, multiple curls, whilst Cassia has normally the one (1) thick layer roll, that is coarser, darker, and duller. The bark is collected for steam distillation, and the wood without the bark is odourless and is used as fuel.

Mostly used as a domestic spice, it is also used as a flavouring component for confectionery, desserts, pastries and meat. With some pharmaceutical applications such as mouthwashes, toothpastes, and gargles. While sharing similar traits medicinally with the Cinnamon, Cassia predominantly aids in the digestive complaints of flatulence, diarrhea, nausea, colic, vomiting, menstrual complaints, and also headaches and the common cold.

Steam distilled bark & leaves.

Cassia oil has a strong and inviting odour, mainly a top note. Cassia contains 1 to 2 volatile oil cassia oil, which is mainly responsible for the spicy aroma and taste it is used as a flavouring in some products among other things it arguably has a more mouthwatery odour than cinnamon leaf. It has a very high content of cinnamic aldehyde, up to 90% in high quality oils, which is a well-known dermal irritant. It is not recommended for use in skin products and we suggest you handle it using protective gloves.

Not recommended for use during pregnancy.

Blends Well With

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Cedarwood Himalayan (Cedrus deodara)
Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)
Fir Needle – Siberian (Abies sibirica)
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)
Grapefruit Pink (Citrus paradisi)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
Orange – Sweet (Citrus sinensis)
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

Aromatic Families

Spicy, Sweet

Aroma

Warm, spicy, strong, sweet, cinnamon-like

Aromatic Note

Middle

Contraindications

Not Known.

Additional information

Bottle Size

5mL, 10mL, 50mL, 100mL

Important Note: Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs and essential oils are provided on this site for historical and educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs or essential oils.

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