Jun 28 , 2016
by Amelia E. Hoard, RN
Common Name: Cassia
Synonyms: Chinese cinnamon, false cinnamon, cassia cinnamon, cassia lignea, C. aromaticum, Laurus cassia
Latin Binomial: Cinnamomum cassia
Production Method: steam distilled leaves and twigs
Countries of Origin: Native to southeastern China
Typical Constituents: [E]-Cinnamaldehyde (73.2-89.4%), [Z]-Cinnamaldehyde (0.8%-12.3%), [E]-Cinnamyl acetate, Benzaldehyde (0.4-2.3%), 2-Phenylethyl acetate (0.4-2.3%), a-Terpineol (tr-2.0%), Coumarin (tr-1.9%), Salicylaldehyde (0.04-1.8%), Borneol (tr-1.3%), Benzyl benzonate tr-1.0%), Cinnamyl alcohol (0-0.04%)
Description of Oil: A dark brown liquid with a strong, spicy, warm aroma.
Description of Plant: A slender evergreen up to 20 meters high with leathery leaves and small white flowers.
History, Folklore and Myth: Cassia has an extensive history as a domestic and medicinal spice mainly for digestive issues.
Properties and Uses: antidiarrheal, anti-emetic, anti-microbial, astringent, carminative, spasmolitic
Precautions and Contraindications: Dermal sensitizer and irritant.
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