Cassia Oil is steam distilled from the leaves of Cinnamomum Cassia, large slender trees which grow in southeastern parts of China and Burma and is commonly known as Chinese Cinnamon.
Its bark is actually used to flavour food and beverages, just like original Cinnamon. The essential oil of Cassia is derived by steam distillation of its leaves and twigs.
As an aromatherapy product Cassia has it seems endless uses, especially related to stomach and digestives systems. Benefits include Anti-emetic, Anti-galactogogue, Anti-Rheumatic & Anti Arthritic, Antimicrobial, Astringent, Circulatory, Antiviral, Emmenagogue, Stimulant, Carminative and Febrifuge (to name a few!).
Chinese exports have been stable over recent years as to have been prices until recently. During 2015 prices have softened due to a lack of demand from the market. This may be short lived as at lower prices farmers won't produce which will in turn limits supplies to the market ensuring prices remain stable.
Based on unconfirmed data China's Cassia exports can be summarised as follows:
*2015 figures to be confirmed
While harvest for crude cassia was undertaken in April as planned, the distillation has been delayed by a month. The weather conditions in May will primarily decide the output of the spring oil crop.
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