Cassia Leaf Benefits
Cassia leaf belongs to the aromatic tree, Cinnamomum sp. of Lauraceae family. The cassia bark is commonly used in cooking but the cassia leaves are also considered to be herbs par excellence. The benefits of the leaves equal the commonly used bark in health benefits. Cassia is similar to cinnamon but less expensive. Rolled cassia is darker and coarser than cinnamon. The leaves of Cinnamomum tamala or Indian cassia are extensively used and have many health benefits. Let us learn about the cassia leaf benefits…
Health Benefits of Cassia Leaf
Cassia is an integral part of Chinese medicine and the leaves have many medicinal benefits.
- Cassia is a stimulant and carminative.
- It can be used for treating flatulence and nausea.
- It can treat digestive problems including diarrhea.
- Scientific evidence supports the fact that cassia can be used for managing blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
- Blood lipid levels can also be managed by regular consumption of cassia tea.
- Cassia helps in controlling blood pressure.
- Cassia oil is a good antidepressant.
- It is good for curing menstrual cramps.
- It provides relief from headaches.
- Cassia oil can be rubbed between palms to feel warm in cold climate.
Culinary Uses of Cassia Leaf
Cassia leaf benefits can be enjoyed by including this herb in the daily diet in right proportions. Cassia is largely used for strong, spicy dishes unlike cinnamon that is used to flavor sweet dishes. Cassia can be occasionally used to flavor stewed fruits, apples etc. Cassia leaves are a major constituent of spice mixes like pudding spice, pastry spice, mixed spice, mulling spice etc. Pilafs, curries, meat dishes etc taste and smell delicious with the addition of cassia. The leaves can be dried and used for a stronger flavor. While using whole leaves, it should be removed from the dish before serving.
Add cassia leaf to casseroles, stews, pickles, and curries for an aromatic culinary experience.
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