Cinnamomum cassia, called Chinese cassia or Chinese cinnamon, is an evergreen tree originating in southern China, and widely cultivated there and elsewhere in South and Southeast Asia. It is one of several species of Cinnamomum used primarily for their aromatic bark, which is used as a spice.
Some people use it for erectile dysfunction (ED), hernia, bed-wetting, joint pain, menopausal symptoms, menstrual problems, and to cause abortions. Cassia cinnamon is also used for chest pain, kidney disorders, high blood pressure, cramps, and cancer. People apply cassia cinnamon to the skin to repel mosquitos.
Cinnamon contains a mixture of various compounds, chiefly eugenol & cinnamaldehyde, both potent anti-fungal terpenoids.
Cinnamon also contains various anti-bacterial & anti-allergic compounds which helps to back up its use for Flu, cold and hayfever symptoms.
Some sources say it stimulates brain function and testing is ongoing into its effectiveness at helping nuerological problems such as cognitive impairment & Parkinson's disease.
Warming, sweet and fantastic in a tagine, Cinnamon also has a carminative effect so can be used in after dinner teas as it aids digestion and also helps to reduce wind & indigestion.
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