Cassia: The Strengthening Ayurvedic Treatment

What is Cassia Obovata?

  • Cassia obovata is a plant with a golden-yellow dye molecule
  • Cassia Obovata makes your hair shiny, healthy and strong.
  • Cassia will make bleached, damaged blond hair thick and silky.
  • Cassia will restore youthful golden color to dull or graying blond hair.

Cassia obovata powder looks very much like henna powder, but generally does not stain hair or hands. It is an excellent conditioner which makes hair glossy and thick, with a healthy scalp. When you mix this green leaf powder with warm water, it has a strong smell similar to a heap of warm mowed grass. If your powder stains your hair or hands yellow, it probably has some rhubarb root mixed into it.

Cassia obovata is also known as Senna obovata. Cassia and Senna are used often interchangeably in botanical texts. Do remember, though that Cassia, which is also called Senna, is NOT the Cassia, which is true Cinnamon. Just in case you weren’t confused enough already. For the purposes of this page, I’ll refer to Cassia/Senna as Cassia.

Cassia Obovata, harvested for use in hair, is grown in Egypt and Nubia. There are about 400 species of cassia around the world. Many of these species are used in folk medicines, as antifungals, antibacterials and laxatives, and were recorded in 9th and 10th century Arabic pharmacopoeia. Several Cassias traditionally used to cure fungal and bacterial infections have been tested and found to be highly effective against many microbes and fungi. The antimicrobial substance these cassias have in common is chrysophanic acid, an anthraqinone. Rhubarb root also has chrysophanic acid. Chysophanic acid, in its pure form is yellow, and if it is in high concentrations in rhubarb root or cassia, it may stain hair and skin yellow … thus it is often used in “blonde henna” (which is not henna, and is not blonde!)(Source)

Well I guess you’re wondering why all the scientific mumbo jumbo? I wanted to give you a background on why I choose to stop using Henna and started using Cassia. I don’t want the color deposit anymore. If I can still do my Ayurvedic treatments without the color ~daps off~….that’s wussup.

I did use the Cassia myself and i liked. My hair needed some serious strengthening properties because i had moisture overload… I HAD MOISTURE OVERLOAD!
Do you know that has NEVER happened to me before? Mind you, moisture overload is not any better than protein overload, it’s actually just as bad. But the fact that my hair was holding so much moisture had me really excited.. still not a good thing if your hair is popping :/

My Cassia treatment Mixture:

  • 1 bag of Cassia
  • 1 Egg (for an extra shot of protein)
  • Water

Usually you are supposed use something with acidity such as lemon juice or green tea but I didn’t have either one around at the time so I just used water. It worked out fine though!

I left the treatment in for about 5 hours, rinsed out with conditioner, deep conditioned and slept with the deep conditioner overnight. When i awoke the next morning, I rinsed out the deep conditioner and styled. (Before I started the process I clarified so it could be absorbed into my hair easier)

My hair was full, stronger, and felt wonderful! I bought it from Butterz – N – Bars. I bought 100g (1 bag) for $6.99.

If you decide to buy from them, make sure you use the coupon code “STRAWBERRICURLS” to get 10% off! See, it pays to be my blog


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  1. I love cassia! I usually do a cassia, water, and hibiscus petal powder mix, and it works wonderfully.

  2. Wow, it’s so green! I’ll have to try some of this and try it out. Thanks for the coupon code!

  3. I am going to try this! I love it and you know we both share the love of Ayurvedic oils and treatments! Good stuff!

  4. How do you know when you’re experiencing moisture overload?!!

    1. Elizabeth says:

      If your hair is popping and feels mushy , then you are experiencing moisture overload.

  5. I’ve been thinking about purchasing Cassia from butters-n-bars, how was the packaging/shipping time?

  6. I love Cassia!!! I also purchased mine from butters-n-bars… I compared shipping with another website and they had the better rate. I mix mine with grean tea and aloe vera gel.

  7. Is the only difference between cassia and henna color depositing? Can you add them together or switch uses between the two?

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