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Cassia
Cinnamomum cassia

This Fire plant is warmer, more drying, and juicier than regular cinnamon and is the preferred type in southern Europe, but in the US, the barks of various Cinnamomum are all sold as cinnamon. This magick herb was used by the pharoahs as an ingredient in kyphi, among other things, and the ancient Hebrews incorporated it into anointing oil.  It is still used as an ingredient in oils of consecration and is said to help in psychic development, clairvoyance, prophetic dreams, and for matters of sexuality. Top

Non-Magickal Uses

This warm, reassuring scent helps with concentration. It expels cold from the body, warms the stomach, strengthens the yang or male aspect, is good for digestion and circulation, and has analgesic, anti-bacterial (shown to be effective against candida), and anti-viral properties. It increases general vitality and stops excessive bleeding. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is called upon against pain in the lower back.  Cassia is great in savory dishes, for making liqueurs, mixing with chocolate, and pickling. Break off pieces to mix with tea, or just heat part of a stick in water and add some sugar or honey for a wonderful hot drink. Don't use cassia during pregnancy, as it tends to stimulate menstruation.  

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Anointing
Consecration
Psychic Work
Incense & Oils
Fire Herb

Other spices: grains of Paradise, juniper berries, nutmeg, peppercorns, star anise