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Cassia Seed Tea

Dhanashree Patane
Cassia seed is a popular name among the plants that have been effective as medicines. The seeds too are used in many forms and the following are some facts about cassia seed tea.
Health conscious population is growing today and most of them want to go the natural way. Herbs and plants are hence getting reverence in medicines today. Among the many plants used for medicinal purposes, cassia is one name with many health benefits. This plant is grown in the tropical climates in the world, and is called Jue Ming Zi in Chinese medicine, it has other popular names like Cassia Semen, Cassia Tora. The plant has pods that contain seeds.
The seeds are smooth in texture and are greenish to brown in color. These seeds have many health benefits and are often used in many forms like pastes and powdered form, herbal pillows, etc. The seeds will be sweet and salty in flavor, they may also have a hint of bitterness. They have a cooling property which is extremely beneficial. These seeds are most commonly used to make tea, which is beneficial too. We will discuss the many benefits of these seeds and of its tea.

Cassia Seed Tea Benefits

The seeds have excellent coolant properties. Along with the cooling agents in these seeds, their moisture and sweetness are beneficial too. Cassia seeds are known to treat high blood pressure. They can help in removing the excessive heat from the body, typically, the liver.
They also relief you of the constipation issues. They flush off the heat, hence also taking care of the intestines and kidneys. They clear the bowel and hence are beneficial to treat constipation.
These seeds are also beneficial for the eyes, the salty and bitter properties in these seeds help in maintaining a healthy vision. The paste of these seeds is also known to have many skin benefits, like, it is used to treat skin infections and diseases. This paste is used to treat snakebites too! The combination of cassia seeds with other herbs and plants like lyceum, dioscorea, rehmannia, etc., are also known to create some effective medicines for various health issues.
The tea is well-known for aiding in weight loss along with preventing bloating in the stomach due to its diuretic and relaxing properties. The flavor in the tea also act like appetite suppressants, that keeps you fuller for a long time and eventually helps weight loss. It is also believed to cure hypertension.
This tea has also some anti oxidant properties, that help your body repair the damage caused by internal and external factors to the body. This eventually will also improve immunity in the body and keep you free form any viral attacks. People use these seeds to make tea as a substitute for coffee.
Let us now take a quick look on how to brew the cassia seed tea. The procedure is simple, just like brewing normal tea. All you have to do is, be careful with the recommended dosage on the packet. And also read the warnings, as the excess intake of these seeds may cause serious side effects.
Put adequate amount of cassia tea in a teapot, usually 1 teaspoon is adequate for 300 ml of water. Now pour boiling water and brew for 2 minutes. Cassia seed tea is ready. You may add sugar cubes if you wish to add more flavor.

Side Effects of Cassia Seeds

While we have the many benefits of the cassia seed, the USP being - weight loss, do not rely completely on herbal remedies for weight loss. Combine it with diet and exercise for apt results. Now, talking about, the side effects, we know that anything in excess is harmful to the body.
And moreover nothing can replace the religion of healthy food, exercise for complete health solutions. Also certain plants or herbs may not be suitable for every individual, so even if these seeds benefit one person with causing moderate side effects, they may not work similarly with everyone.
Cassia seeds are known to have certain chemicals like chrysophanol, physcion, emodin, etc. These seeds are also known to cause certain gastrointestinal side effects like irritable bowel, diarrhea, gas and nausea.
Another side effect of these seeds is anxiety and muscle spasms. The chemicals in the seeds can also cause the uterus to contract, hence it is not advisable for young women and expecting mothers.
The usage of these seeds to lower blood pressure may not be beneficial for people on medications for low blood pressure. Before taking any supplements or using cassia seeds in any form, always consult a doctor and also consult for the recommended dosage of the same.
These seeds are beneficial but only when taken in adequate amounts under supervision. So do not abuse your body with excess cassia seeds by overlooking the side effects for the many health benefits. Have a safe and healthy experience of this herb and its benefits!