Summer is always over too quickly in my opinion. As the days get shorter and the weather starts to take a slightly colder turn, our bodies can begin to react in ways that can be a real pain – literally.
If you suffer from arthritis or bad circulation, you’ll know this pain all too well, but there is a totally natural solution out there that warms and massages the body back to good health. I like to think of it as a comforting fireplace in a bottle!
Cassia, also known as Chinese cinnamon, is an evergreen tree that has been used for millennia by a variety of cultures around the world. It’s been used for so long in traditional Chinese medicine that it’s considered one of the 50 fundamental medicinal herbs. The earliest medicinal uses have been found as far back as 2,500 B.C. and Egyptian clay tablets dating back to 2,200 B.C. have been uncovered, displaying cassia oil aromatherapy recipes!
For modern day use, the oil is obtained by steam-distilling the bark of the tree, resulting in a very pure and concentrated oil packed with all the natural benefits from the tree itself. This makes it easier for widespread use, and because cassia is part of the cinnamon family, the oil has a recognizable spicy warmth to it, with an underlying balsamic sweetness.
How Does it Work?
Once the bark has been steam-distilled into an amber-colored oil, the various chemical components are much more concentrated. Cinnamaldehyde is the main chemical component of the oil, making up for around 75 – 90% of the chemical composition. This organic compound is cassia oil’s secret weapon, with scientific research showing tranquilizing and pain-relieving effects during clinical trials.
There are other compounds present in the oil, such as those that give it its recognizable scent, that also work to fight ailments, but cinnamaldehyde is certainly the main active compound at play.
The spicy warmth that cinnamon-family plants naturally holds is the driving force behind this oil’s healing powers. By bringing warmth to the body and enhancing circulation, your body starts to work through a lot of other issues too.
Aching muscles are usually down to a weak circulation, and the rush of oxygen that improved circulation brings to them soothes the soreness. Additionally, the new energy you’re bringing to your cardiovascular system lowers your risk of stroke and heart attack.
Using cassia oil for poor circulation
You can ingest cassia oil for a variety of ailments, but should be so with caution. To begin with add 1 drop of the oil to a drink or meal that has a warmth and depth of flavor which the cinnamon flavor could compliment. Very gradually working up to larger quantities if required.
This condition affects nearly 40 million American citizens including 250,000 children – it’s not limited to the elderly population. The body’s joints become inflamed, swelling and causing terrible pain. Thankfully cassia oil can help soothe this pain too as it is a natural anti-inflammatory.
The oil warms joints by stimulating blood flow (as we’ve already heard) and cinnamaldehyde, the oil’s key component, actually activates anti-inflammatory mediators making it incredibly effective against inflammation-related conditions. Cassia oil’s impact on inflammation goes way beyond soothing arthritis.
Using cassia oil for arthritis
It is very important that you never put pure cassia oil directly onto your skin as it can cause irritation. Instead, when using the oil topically, you should dilute and mix it with other oils to ensure it’s safe to use on your skin.
For arthritis, add around 4 drops to a base oil like mustard oil and warm it gently before massaging the painful joint. Aim to do this daily, and you should feel a warming, soothing relief from the pain.
If your mood is affected by colder weather and shorter, darker days, you might be interested to know that cassia oil has also been found to have a significant impact on emotional mood. This is most likely down to its cinnamic aldehyde content which researchers have linked to the alleviation of stress-induced behaviors. If these are left untreated, they can wreak havoc further down the line, with chronic stress being linked to an array of health issues.
The scent of the oil is also said to have a great impact on the reduction of depression as it brings a warmth to the body and spirit, lifting your mood. Japanese and Chinese researchers have also found cassia oil to have a sedative effect on animals, calming and soothing them, as well as having a significant effect in reducing blood pressure.
Using cassia oil for depression
For best results, you can either inhale directly from the bottle, use a diffuser, or add a few drops of to a warm bath to uplift and improve your mood, and generally relax your body and mind.
The Future’s Bright
This little bottle of spicy warmth can bring a whole lot of happiness to your joints, circulation, and general mood and well-being. It does so much more than make your cookies taste great!