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| NOT FOR PROLONGED USE!
Uterine stimulant! Not used medicinally during PREGNANCY.
NOT used in overheated and feverish conditions.
Not used with stomach or intestinal ULCERS.
Not used when ACID REFLUX is present.
AVOID IF allergic to Cinnamon and/or Peruvian Balsam.
Allergic reactions of skin and mucosa are common.
Tropical Asian evergreen shrub or tree (up to 40 feet) native to India, Sri Lanka, and Peninsular Malaysia. LEAVES are glossy, ovate, red when young, maturing to green and appearing in opposite pairs up to 7 inches long with a spicy aroma. FLOWERS are yellowish-white, tiny, inconspicuous and appear in long panicles and are followed by red berries. FRUIT is small (1/2 to 3/4 inch) and pointed. The BARK is harvested from young shoots in sheets giving the scroll appearance of commercial cinnamon. Almost all cinnamon today comes from cultivated trees.Empires were built on cinnamon. The cinnamon trade was monopolized by the Dutch in the 18th century.
Sweet Flag was once used as a substitute for cinnamon, 1/3 the amount of flag being used.
Once astrologically ruled by Mars, its rulership is now given over to Uranus and the Sun §
CONTAINS: volatile oil, tannins, mucilage, gum, sugars, coumarins, mannitol, catechins.
|PROPAGATION||By RIPE SEED under cover; by SEMI-RIPE CUTTINGS in summer|
|NEEDS||Hardy down to 50ºF indicating the need for a tropical to subtropical climate. Requires moist, well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Grown as an ornamental in the southern United States.|
|HARVEST||Coppiced shoots are cut after 3 to 5 years of growth during the rainy season. The bark is allowed to ferment for 24 hours, then the outer bark is stripped and and the inner bark is peeled and dried. Leaves are stripped and allowed to dry for the distillation of oil|
|PART USED||Inner bark. Leaves, Bark oil, Leaf oil|
|FORM||Whole quill bark, crushed bark, powdered bark, distilled oil, massage oil, infusion, decoction, tincture, compress.|
|RELATED SPECIES||BLACK SASSAFRAS (C. oliveri): Native to Australia. Possesses a strong clove-sassafras aroma.|
INDIAN CASSIA (C. tamala): Has fragrant leaves. Is used in Indian cookery. The bark has been used to adulterate cinnamon.
INDONESIAN CASSIA (C. burmanii): Has been used as a substitute for cinnamon and is used to make incense.
MASSOIA BARK (C. massoia): Has a more clove-like aroma. Used as a flavoring and in perfumery.
SAIGON CINNAMON (C. loureirii): A sweet variety used for baking and cordials.
WILD CINNAMON (C. iners): Used in southeast Asian cuisine, notably in curries.