Cassia is often known as "cinnamon bark", A tropical evergreen up to 15m high, with strong branches and thick scabrous bark with young shoots speckled greeny-orange.
It has shiny green, leathery leaves, small white flowers and oval bluish-white berries. The leaves have a spicy smell when bruised.
Cinnamon has been shown to lower the cholesterol level of patience with diabetes.
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of cinnamon can help to lose weight.