The Spice of the Goddess: Who knew that mixing three drops of cinnamon essential oil to olive oil and applying this to fine lines that it would act as a plumper? To rid of acne, try to apply a drop of cinnamon to some honey and apply directly to the acne spot, leave on overnight…you will see the difference.
It is a warming herb so wonderful for those of us that have entered into Fall. This means that it will help to soothes indigestion, controls blood sugar in diabetics, prevents stomach ulcers, wards off urinary tract infections, fights tooth decay and gum disease, prevents vaginal yeast infections, and soothes menstrual cramps (great when used in combination with crampbark.)
The 12th-century herbalist Hildegard of Bingen recommended it as “the universal spice for sinuses,” and to treat colds, flu, cancer and “inner decay and slime,” (hmmm…) Please note that most cinnamon comes from cassia, a cheaper version grown in Indonesia. If are looking for the health benefits of cinnamon, make sure to buy the cinnamon.
To use cinnamon, you can bathe in it (to seduce!), you can drink it in tea, and you can cook with it! Below are some fun recipes!
Homemade Bath Recipe:
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup ground oatmeal
2 tsp finely ground cinnamon
Mix all the ingredients and add to a hot bath! Watch out, I warned you…it is seducer!
- 1 cup walnut halves, and pieces
- 5 dates, pitted and roughly chopped (I used medjool)
- 2 tablespoons barberries (Optional-but it gives the cookies a little bit of color and an interesting contrast of flavors)
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil (Increased from 1 teaspoon. The mixture required more in order to form into a ball.)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (reduced from 1 1/2 teaspoons)
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
- 1 pinch sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place walnuts, dates (and barberries if using) in a small food processor and PULSE until coarsely ground.
PULSE in oil, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, orange blossom water and salt. Stop the machine from time to time and scrape down the sides of the bowl to help the mixture to blend well and form into a ball properly.
Continue to pulse until mixture begins to form a ball. <<This step took about 3-4 minutes in our food processor.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Scoop dough (I used a small, oiled cookie scoop), 1 tablespoon at a time, onto prepared baking sheet, forming into balls; flatten slightly.
Bake for 6–8 minutes, until firm.
Cool on baking sheet.
- 3 cups water
- 5 medium cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
- 3 tablespoons sugar (or sugar alternative)
- 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts
Boil all the ingredients in a saucepan except nuts on high heat, then simmer for 15 minutes.
Strain into cups.
Garnish with nuts.
If you are pregnant or taking large doses of aspirin, please limit your intake of cinnamon, if you have any questions please consult a doctor or email me with questions.