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LEGUMINOSAE (subfamily Caesalpinioideae)
a.k.a Bastard Cinnamon
(Cinnamomum cassia)

DRUG INTERACTIONS: May interefere with absorption of tetracycline.

CONTRAINDICATED: NOT during pregnancy. NOT if allergic to cinnamon or Peruvian balsam. NOT with acid reflux disease.


Fruits are picked unripe, then dried. They resemble cloves and are called Cassia Buds. A much valued seasoning in some parts of the world, their distinctive flavor is used in pickling, chocolate and soft drinks.

Considered exotic, seductive, warming, relaxing.

©2000 by Ernestina Parziale, CH