I’m pretty sure that not many of you are aware of the fact Cassia is a wonderful hydrosol that is used for quite a lot many purposes. The hydrosol is highly antiseptic in nature and uis used in the preparartion of certain exotic dishes.
- Chinese Cinnamon
- Cinnamomum Cassia
Cassia is a member of genus Lauraceae. It is an evergreen plant indigenous to regions like Vietnam, South China, India and Bangladesh. The tree can also be found in countries like US, Europe, Oceania, Burma and Mexico.
In some places, Cassia is also called ‘False Cinnamon’. It is less fragrant than Ceylon Cinnamon which is known as the ‘Original Cinnamon’.
Cassia hydrosol includes substances like Cinnamic Aldehyde, Benzaldehyde, Cinnamyl Acetate, Linalool and Chavicol. Cinnamaldehyde is the main constituent and makes up for about 75 to 90% of the Cassia Oil chemical composition. Scientific research has established tranquilizing and pain-alleviating effects of Cinnamaldehyde on mice. The spicy fragrance and taste of the substance comes from the presence of 1 to 2% volatile oil in the substance. This oil consists of many chemicals that are used in the production of many flavoring agents and perfumes.
Other than these chief Cassia hydrosol components, the substance also contains Mucilage, Tannins, Resin, Sugar and some other chemical constituents. These Cassia Oil constituents are present in lesser amounts but are useful nonetheless in contributing to the beneficial power of this substance.
Cassia hydrosol has been found effective in treating high blood sugar. Cinnamon oil helps diabetics use less insulin. Medical research has established the effectiveness of Cassia Oil in treating Type 2 Diabetes patients who suffer from improper functioning of insulin in their body. This is due to the abundant presence in Cinnamon of a Polyphenol compound that is soluble in water and known as MHCP. MCHP acts in accordance with insulin and aids in better utilization of it.
The antifungal Cassia hydrosol properties make them perfectly suitable for treating fungal infections. The oil, when used with Amphotericin B, becomes very effective in treating fungal attacks.
Cassia hydrosol Aromatherapy improves blood circulation and produces a warm feeling in muscles and joints thereby curing problems like arthritis and rheumatism. For patients of rheumatism and arthritis, regular Cassia Oil massage can work wonders.
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