Spices have a long and rich history, taste aside, there are a lot of both magical and medicinal uses for these little cupboard pearls. Cinnamon especially.
The fifth installation of my medicinal and magical properties of herbs and spices not-so-mini-series is Cinnamon . I don't know about you but I tend to start the day off focussed and with the best intentions and then gradually slide down to complete dufis. This is why I like this one, cinnamon can go on just about every breakfast food, or even in your morning coffee and then you know you have at least done one thing right. Enjoy xoxo Babs
Cinnamon is a great source of magnesium, fibre, iron, and calcium. It can also lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and thin blood clots. One study even found arthritis sufferers experienced significant pain relief when they took half a teaspoon of cinnamon in a tablespoon of honey first thing in the morning. All these things should make you happy next time you want a custard tart.
In some cultures shop-keepers sprinkle cinnamon chips and sugar on their door-step to encourage good trade. If you are not a shop keeper but are a particularly determined person; chuck some in your bag next time you are competing. Pagans believe Cinnamon can bring luck in games and gambling.
Smelling cinnamon has been proven to improve brain function and memory, so keep a cinnamon stick on the desk for when you need a little pep-up.