I personally go gaga over chocolates, and the moment I found out that most chocolates are actually flavored with the cassia, I absolutely went crazy! I knew for a fact that the cassia has so many great properties to it, and to later find out that they actually add it to chocolate? Bless me!
The cassia essential oil, derived from a plant called Cinnamomum cassia, is one of the most highly regarded herbs in Chinese medicine and was even found to be an ingredient for the recipe of Holy Anointing Oil given to Moses. It was a very important essential oil and was mentioned countless of times and the Bible, as well as it is noted on the Ebers papyrus, one of the oldest known records.
This essential oil has been deemed helpful in indigenous and folklore medicine systems because of its ability to aid and promote a healthier digestive system when used internally.
The Cassia essential oil is evergreen tree native to China and Burma, which is why it is also commonly known as the Chinese cinnamon. It can grow up to 20 meters or 65 feet high and has beautiful thick and leathery leaves, decorated with small white flowers and small olive-sized single-seeded berries. Its oil is derived through steam distillation of its bark which is usually reddish-brown to gray. It is a popular choice of ingredient to flavor curries, baked food, chocolates, liquor and soft drinks.
Because of its close relation with the true cinnamon, they both have a similar spicy and warm aroma; the only difference being the cassia oil having a tad sweeter scent than cinnamon. The Cassia essential oil blends beautifully well with Cedarwood, Clove, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Wild Orange and Ylang ylang essential oils.
The Cassia’s oil has various uses and benefits which is why it is thoroughly popular in Chinese medicine.
1. Promotes a healthier digestive system
The cassia essential oil consists of properties that kill microorganisms that typically cause diarrhea, and because of its fiber content, it helps in stiffening the stool. The use of Cassia oil is an excellent way to naturally alleviate diarrhea and promote a healthier digestive system because of its anti-bacterial, fungi-killing, and anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Helps relieve menstrual symptoms
Cassia oil has emmenagogue, analgesic, and pain-relieving properties that keep a woman’s cycle regular, as well as naturally relieving menstrual cramps. It is also a natural remedy for nausea and helps reduce nausea which can occur as a frequent symptom for some.
The cassia oil is an effective antidepressant and can be used to lower stress levels, leaving you tranquil and relaxed, all because of the cinnamic aldehyde contained in the Cassia.
4. Improves blood circulation
The cassia oil has the amazing ability to improve the circulation blood throughout the body, ensuring the proper distribution of the right amounts of nutrients and oxygen to be able to thrive. It can do wonders at alleviating pain, reducing disease-causing inflammation and promoting urination which greatly aids in the discharge of toxins from the body. Because of its ability to promote circulation in the body, it works as a great a muscle pain reliever, usually caused by lack of circulation.
5. Antimicrobial and antibacterial agent
The cassia essential oil is a great antimicrobial and antibacterial agent that can protect the body from dangerous infections caused by bacteria such as E. coli, Proteus vulgaris, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter aerogenes, Vibrio cholerae and Salmonella typhymurium, and various fungi. These findings have all been gathered through studies and research.
6. Helps relieve arthritis
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, the cassia essential oil has the ability to naturally reduce arthritis symptoms. Cinnamaldehyde, which can be found in the cassia, has been discovered to contain inhibited inflammatory mediators, as well as the power to activate anti-inflammatory mediators.
7. Promotes a better immune system
Being an antimicrobial and antiviral agent, it works at fighting infections that cause fevers. It protects various organs from microbial growth and infections. In addition to that, it also protects the body from viral diseases and conditions such as influenza, common colds and coughs.
8. Treats Diabetes
Studies have shown that cassia flower extracts work just as powerful as glibenclamide, a prescription drug used to treat type 2 diabetes because of its ability to lower blood glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin and gluconeogenic enzymes, while on the other hand, increasing plasma insulin, hemoglobin and hexokinase activity. Although more research and studies need to be further conducted to determine the full potential of the cassia essential oil as an effective treatment, the prospects seem quite promising.
9. Natural astringent
The cassia’s essential oil can be used as a natural treatment for sore throats, external and uterine hemorrhaging, peptic ulcers, and diarrhea because of its antimicrobial and astringent properties. Because of the same properties, it is also useful in the promotion of healthier hair and skin health. It may be used to treat acne naturally, heal cuts and sores, remedies rashes and treat skin irritations, while strengthening hair roots, gums and tightening muscles.
10. Natural bug and pest repellant
A study that was conducted involving yellow fever mosquitos and a sample group showed that the cassia oil works great as a mosquito repellant and is safe to use because of its all-natural bug repellant properties.