What is Cassia?
Cassia is a close relative to Cinnamon, the two are often mistaken for the same herb, however, they are different and are harvested from different, yet similar, trees. I will note that when referring to “Cinnamon” in this article I mean “Ceylon” or “True” Cinnamon. In the US, and many other countries, it is actually legal to label cassia as cinnamon even though they are separate spices because of their similarities in color, taste and physical appearance. Both are harvested from a separate type of Evergreen and can be distinguished in stores by the shape of the quills (sticks). The cassia herb is the bark of the tree, and its quills when dried tend to have two curls at the end, like a scroll, as cinnamon has more round and circular shape. This natural herb can be found in China, India, and Indonesia and has been traded since ancient times, with evidence of it being used by Ancient Egyptians in their mummification process. This was actually one of the herbs relating to the Spice Wars between the Dutch and Portuguese in the 1700s. Spices that we can now buy at almost every one of our local grocery stores, were considered luxuries back in those times and fetched high prices from the wealthy classes to flavor their foods, or used in perfumes. If you’ve ever been to Medieval Times, you might understand the high demand for extra flavors and spices in food!
Cassia has a stronger, more savory flavor than cinnamon does, and is recommended for use in dishes not requiring a lot of sweetness such as desserts. It has also been the one with more medical studies done on its health and medicinal benefits that range from fighting HIV to being used as a bug repellent.
Why Cassia instead of Cinnamon?
Cinnamon certainly has a plethora of health benefits, but these benefits do slightly differ from the ones provided by cassia, and that is what we will try to outline here for you.
Although snoring can have many contributing factors, in Chinese medicine Cassia is commonly found and strongly recommended in many Chinese herbal formulas, and studies have shown a decrease in snoring, which is why it is one of the only two ingredients in our Snoring...shush!™ herbal supplement.
When blood is circulating correctly, and efficiently throughout your body, you are ensuring it’s getting all the right nutrients and oxygen it needs in every part that requires it. This can help to alleviate pain from muscle aches, and inflammation caused by disease.
Eases Menstrual Symptoms
The pain-relieving properties Cassia has is also a known natural remedy for menstrual cramps. It assists in making sure your menstrual paths are open and keeping you on a regular cycle.
Cassia oil can be used as a natural repellant for mosquitos and other bugs. It, however, does not last as long as products found in stores, but if you wish to use something more natural just bring a little extra and make sure you are reapplying it every hour or so.
Lab tests have revealed cassia to have anti-viral properties, not only protecting against the most common but also have been shown to inhibit the replication of HIV. The effects of HIV can lead to AIDS, which has no known cure.
How can I get the Benefits from Cassia?
Adding cassia cinnamon might be easier to add to your diet or regime than Ceylon cinnamon, as it is cheaper and more widely found.
Cassia essential oil
One way to get most of the benefits is through cassia essential oils, you can place drops under your tongue, place some drops in a diffuser, put drops on a handkerchief and inhale, or even add a good amount to a warm bath depending on the type of benefit you are needing from the herb.
You can find these herbal supplements in pill forms and are also an easy way to go about obtaining its benefits.
Foods and teas
The most common form you can find is in powder, or by the quill. The powder can be added to a number of food, and the quills can be used to make teas.
I hope you were able to learn something new today from this article, if you are interested in learning about more herbs check out our Goji Berries article and see how you can benefit from adding it to your diet. BioTerra also has an all-natural herbal supplement to reduce snoring if you are interested in benefiting from cassia. Our Snoring… shush™ product was deemed by Top Snoring Solutions as one of the best products for bad snoring!
As always, you should always consult with your primary health physician prior to adding supplements to your diet.
*Source US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health, Medical News Today, The Spruce Eats, Healthline