Cinnamon - Cinnamomum zeylanicum/ cinnamomum verumFolk names: Sweet wood, Ceylon cinnamon, CassiaPlanetary ruler: SunElement: FireGender: MaleAssociated Deities: Aesculapius, Aphrodite, Ra, Venus Magical properties: Spirituality, Success, Healing, Power, Psychic powers, prosperity, lust, protection, luck.
The Cinnamon tree is native to Sri Lanka and China, and is cultivated in Jamaica, India, Brazil and the Seychelles. It grows to between 20-30 foot and has a thick bark and stocky branches. It grows best in pure sand and in hot climates.
In the East it was burnt in Temples to purify them. The ancient Egyptians used it in the mummification process and along with the Romans and Greeks added it to food and drink. It is one of the oldest known aromatic plants and is mentioned in the Old Testament. In ancient Chinese medicine it was seen as a cure-all. As well as being associated with love, lust, healing and protection, Cinnamon will give any spell a huge power boost, making it work quicker and stronger. It can be added to incenses to increase psychic powers and raise magical vibrations. It can also be used for healing and divination rituals as well as in magical pouches, infusions and candle spells, to bring love and success into your life.
Tie a bundle of cinnamon sticks with a red or black ribbon and hang it in your doorway to bring protection, love and success to your home. Wear a dab of cinnamon oil diluted with a carrier oil as a perfume when you are going on a date, to encourage love and lust. Always dilute it when using on skin as it is an irritant. Add cinnamon oil or spice to any prosperity magic. Place a drop of the oil in your purse or wallet to attract money, and sprinkle ground cinnamon across the threshold of your home to attract prosperity to your door.
Cinnamon is a warming and stimulating spice and can be used to improve circulation and clear congestion. It is also beneficial for digestive issues such as bloating and indigestion and is a powerful antiseptic with antiviral and antifungal properties.
Although cinnamon is generally considered to be safe it does have emmenagogic properties meaning it stimulates the uterus, so it is not recommended to consume large amounts during pregnancy.
Cinnamon is one of the most popular warming and stimulating spices. It is used in a variety of dishes including curries, biscuits/ cookies and cakes and it has an affinity with apples making it a must have ingredient in apple pies, crumbles etc.
3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Myrrh
Burn as a general incense on your altar to purify the area.
Cinnamon Ginger Tea
This tea can be drunk to relieve digestive problems and menstrual cramps 1 tsp chopped cinnamon bark
1 tsp freshly grated ginger root
Honey as desired Pour 1 cup boiling water over the herbs. Cover and steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey if desired.
Cinnamon and Apple loaf
150g unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
3 medium eggs
150g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat over to 180c/gas 4 Cream butter and caster sugar together, add eggs and whisk. Slowly fold in flour with the baking powder and cinnamon. Pour the mix in a greased or lined 900g/2lb loaf tin.Chop apple into 1 cm cubes, leaving peel on. Lay on top of loaf mix and sprinkle with demerara sugar (as much as you want)Cook for 35-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
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