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
Over the past few months, there has been an unprecedented increase in demand rather than shorter supplies; and markets witnessed escalating prices. The oil crop season starts in June/July and resumes in autumn during October/November. As the price of cinnamon continues to rise, the farmers’ enthusiasm runs high. Currently however, the June to August crop is underway, and there is a change in the market. Supply is stable and markets witnessed more than adequate raw material. Production also rose, thereby pushing down prices marginally. Prices for the so-called “new method” material are stable. The method entails quality supplied when the downstream product is either cinnamic aldehyde or natural benzaldehyde. In view of dwindling production volume in the last season, the stock is limited but labour, plant fuel, and equipment modification costs keep rising due to environmental policies. In the short term, there is limited scope for a lower price; there will be a narrow range of fluctuations.
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