Winter Warmer, Soother and Protector
Cinnamon is the perfect winter warmer and rejuvenating partner for the colder months says herbalist Natasha Flynn.
Ilove lighting cinnamon candles and allowing the delightfully warming fragrance to permeate my home in winter. It is a soothing, warming and comforting aroma. I also drink chai tea, listen to the crackling of the fire and somewhat retreat into a period of much-needed hibernation after the exhausting endless social activities and all-round busyness that goes with the warmer months. There is something rejuvenating about a great winter hibernation.
Once considered more precious than gold, cinnamon is one of the oldest known herbs and spices. Cinnamon essential oil is a vital inclusion in your winter preparedness kit; its antimicrobial properties may help to ward off the nasty bugs which cause the common cold.
Winter defence room spray
To experience the benefits of cinnamon around the home, make your own winter defence room spray. Cinnamon essential oil and distilled water are the only ingredients required for this powerful, natural, antibacterial spray to use around your home. Add 1ml of cinnamon essential oil to 70ml of distilled water in a glass spray bottle and shake gently to combine.
The spray can be used as a surface cleaner and a non-toxic all-purpose cleaner as it is germicidal, antifungal and antimicrobial. For an even more- powerful bug-killing room spray, add a few drops of clove oil.
Cinnamon in the diet
Cinnamon became the most sought-after commodity in the 16th century because of its value as both a spice and a herbal medicine. Researchers are currently investigating whether cinnamon could potentially help to reduce elevated blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes.
My first introduction to cinnamon as a child was cinnamon sugar on toast. It was an unforgettable experience. While it would be lovely if obtaining its health benefits were as simple as including cinnamon French toast and cinnamon rolls more often as part of our diet, the best way to use this spice is to add it to warm drinks and foods that are low in sugars.
Experiment with cinnamon in meat dishes and you will be pleasantly surprised at how versatile it is when used in savoury dishes. In medieval Europe, it was used in combination with ginger for flavouring and curing meat. Those with higher social status would impress guests by serving foods seasoned with an abundance of herbs and spices as a display of their wealth.