Cassia cinnamon contains coumarin, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, sweet cinnamon only has trace amounts. Taking large amounts of cassia cinnamon over time might worsen bleeding in some people. Cassia oil is very irritating to the skin and should be handled with care.
Preparation Methods & Dosage: Cinnamon can be taken in capsules, extracts, herbal teas, and essential oil. Grinding cinnamon chips into powder yourself is the best way to ensure the freshest cinnamon. Store in air tight glass jars to seal in the goodness. Remember that the cinnamon powder sold in the grocery is much to old to have any medicinal value.
The health benefits of Cassia Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti diarrhoea, anti depressant, anti emetic, anti galactogogue, anti microbial, anti rheumatic & anti arthritic, astringent, anti viral, carminative, circulatory, emenagogue, febrifuge and stimulant.
Let's focus on medicinal uses of it....
Anti Diarrhoea: It can be used to bind bowels and stop diarrhoea. Being an anti microbial agent, it also cures diarrhoea caused due to microbial action. It inhibits the microbial growth and stops diarrhoea.
Anti Depressant: The effect of this essential oil fights depression, uplifts mood and induces warm feelings.
Anti Emetic: This oil can be used to treat nausea and to stop vomiting. It induces a refreshing feeling and drives away those feelings which bring a tendency of nausea and vomiting.
Anti Microbial: The Essential Oil of Cassia inhibits microbial growth and protects from microbial infections. This property is useful in treating microbial infections in urethra, colon, kidneys, urinary tracts and other parts.
Anti Rheumatic & Anti Arthritic: Being a circulatory and a stimulant, it improves circulation of blood and brings warmth to the joints and other parts affected with rheumatism and arthritis, thus giving relief from them.
Astringent: It strengthens gums and hair root, tightens muscles and lifts skin. It also helps stop haemorrhage by contracting blood vessels.
Anti Viral: This oil is also effective in countering viral infections and gives sound protection from cough & cold, influenza and other viral diseases.
Carminative: Gives relief from gases forming in the intestines and drives them out of the body. It also stops further formation of gases.
Emenagogue: The Essential Oil of Cassia relaxes menstrual cramps or opens blocked menstruation. This also gives relief from symptoms such as headaches, nausea, drowsiness etc. associated with menses.
Febrifuge: It fights the infections causing fever and thus helps lower body temperature. The circulatory property of this oil also helps boost the immune system of the body. The warming effect of this oil gives relief from the fever too.
Stimulant: It stimulates body functions, metabolism, secretions, discharges, circulation and also the nervous system and the brain, thereby helping to be more active and alert.
Other Benefits: It can be used to treat uterine haemorrhage and other internal & external haemorrhages due to its astringent properties, loss of libido and sexual disorders such as frigidity and impotency, digestive disorders, flatulence, colic, stomach disorders, headaches and body pain.
Few Words of Caution: It produces irritations and sensitization in skin and the mucus membrane and should be avoided in pregnancy.