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Bella Mira Essential Oil : Cassia Essential Oil
Certification: Wild crafted
Classification: Cinnamomum cassia Essential Oil
Other Names: Bastard Cinnamon. Chinese Cinnamon. Cassia lignea. Cassia Bark. Cassia aromaticum. Canton Cassia.
Found in Blends: Exodus
Interesting Facts: As its name of Bastard Cinnamon implies, the product of this tree is usually regarded as a substitute for that of the Cinnarmomum zeylanicum of Ceylon, which it closely resembles. The cultivated trees are kept as coppices, and numerous shoots, which are not allowed to rise higher than 10 feet, spring from the roots. Their appearance when the flame-coloured leaves and delicate blossoms first appear is very beautiful. The fruit is about the size of a small olive. The leaves are evergreen, ovaloblong blades from 5 to 9 inches long. The trees are at their greatest perfection at the age of ten to twelve years, but they continue to spread and send up new shoots. The bark may be easily distinguished from that of cinnamon, as it is thicker, coarser, darker, and duller, the flavour being more pungent, less sweet and delicate, and slightly bitter. The stronger flavour causes it to be preferred to cinnamon by German and Roman chocolate makers. The fracture is short, and the quills are single, while pieces of the corky layer are often left adhering. The best and most pungent bark is cut from the young shoots when the leaves are red, or from trees which grow in rocky situations. The bark should separate easily from the wood, and be covered inside with a mucilaginous juice though the flavour of the spice is spoiled if this is not carefully removed. The wood without the bark is odourless and is used as fuel. When clean, the bark is a little thicker than parchment, and curls up while drying in the sun. It is imported in bundles of about 12 inches long, tied together with strips of bamboo and weighing about a pound. It is the kind almost universally kept in American shops.
Cassia Oil Uses (Cassia Oil Benefits): antidiarrheal, anti-emetic, tonic, antiparasitic, anti-infectious, antiputrefactive, anesthetic, astringent, carmintative, hyperemiant, stimulant, and spasmolytic.
Cassia Oil Properties (Constituents): cinnamic aldehyde, eugenol, coumarin, benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, salicylic acid
Safety Information: If it feels hot, dilute with a carrier oil!