Saturday, 15 February 2014

The Weekly Herb - Cinnamon



       Thank the Universe for Saturdays, and Reading Week! After a rather long midday nap and a lot of doing nothing except eating homemade Pillsbury cinnamon buns with my boyfriend this morning I decided to actually get around to doing something even if it is my hobby :p. And so with no further ado, I present this Week's Herb, cinnamon!

Photo Credit: History.com

A Little Bit of History:


        Humans have been using cinnamon for a very, very, very long time, around 2000 B.C. it was used by the ancient Egyptians as part of their embalming process. Then, around 65 A.D. it is believed that the Roman Emperor Nero burnt enormous quantities of cinnamon along with his wife's funeral pyre in recompense for the role he played in her death. During the middle ages. Arab merchants wove elaborate stories about the origins of cinnamon to enable them to maintain the high prices they sold cinnamon for:
Photo Credit: Sacred Earth

" One such story, related by the 5th-century B.C. Greek historian Herodotus, said that enormous birds carried the cinnamon sticks to their nests perched high atop mountains that were insurmountable by any human. According to the story, people would leave large pieces of ox meat below these nests for the birds to collect. When the birds brought the meat into the nest, its weight would cause the nests to fall to the ground, allowing the cinnamon sticks stored within to be collected. " -History.com

      In 1518 when European traders discovered cinnamon in Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, cinnamon trade fell into the hands of the Dutch for approximately another 150 years. However, by 1800 the exclusivity of cinnamon had been lost as it began to be cultivated in other locations around the word and its place of novelty had been replaced by a delicacy known as chocolate.

Medical Properties:


       According to U.S. National Library of Medicine, cinnamon is used to treat a wide array of ailments such as, nausea & gassiness, the common cold and diabetes. However the U.S. National Library of Medicine also clearly stated that more research needed to be done to determine the definite extent to which cinnamon is helpful in curing such ailments.

                                                                       Magical Properties:

-Love
-Lust
-Passion
-Success
-Healing
-Protection
-Spirituality

Element: Fire
Planet: Sun

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