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Botanical name: Cinnamomum cassia
Plant part: leaves
Extraction method: steam distilled
Description: An evergreen tree growing to 7m with a white aromatic bark and angular branches. The leaves are oblong-lancelate about 18cm long. Small yellow flowers hang from long stocks and bloom in early summer. Cassia grows in hot, wet, tropical climates both wild and commercially. The stems are cut down when the bark is mature. The bark is removed in short lengths and dried, with some varieties rolling into quills.
Colour: dark brown
Common uses: Cassia has antiseptic properties, killing various types of bacteria and fungi. Cassia oil is used mainly as a carminative (for relieving colic and griping). It can also be used for colds, influenza, fevers, arthritis and rheumatism.
Consistency: medium to viscous
Strength of aroma: strong
Blends well with: benzoin, cloves, coriander, cardamom, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary and thyme.
Aromatic scent: Cassia oil has a pungent, warm smell. It contains 1% to 2% volatile oil (cassia oil), which is mainly responsible for the spicy aroma and taste. Like other bark materials, it also contains tannins, sugars, resins, and mucilage, among other constituents.
History: Also known as Bastard Cinnamon and Chinese Cinnamon, cassia has been used medicinally in China for several thousand years. Its first recorded use dates back to the Han Dynasty (200 BC-AD 200).
Cautions: Cassia is a dermal irritant, dermal sensitiser and is a mucus membrane irritant and must be avoided in pregnancy.
Safety data: Avoid during pregnancy; skin irritant (dilute before using externally); may trigger epileptic seizures in susceptible individuals.
Important note: The information provided is for educational purposes only.
It is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
General safety information: Do not take any oils internally.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children.
A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.
Everyday, super simple uses for essential oils
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