Herb Of The Month ~ May 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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                                                             Herb of the Month for May 2012 - Cinnamon

I can't believe its already the lusty month of May!  So much happens during the month of May: Mother Nature is waking up all around us, animals are born, the weather begins to warm, Beltane and May Day are celebrated around the world (Northern Hemisphere) and some folks may begin to feel a little....frisky.  So I chose an herb with a little kick for this month, Cinnamon.  Cinnamon (Cinnamomum  zeylanicum) is a powerful and easily obtained multipurpose herb.  It's folk names are Sweet Wood and Ceylon. It's ruled by Apollo, Aphrodite, Venus and all the Gods/Goddesses of victory including Nike depending on your source.  Cinnamon is a masculine herb that it ruled by the Sun and the element of Fire. 

Cinnamon Sticks and Powder

Cinnamon Powder

Cinnamon is an herb that almost everyone has encountered at one time or another.  It's used in baking, especially around Samhain and Yule, its often a main ingredient in potpourri mixtures, and it also has a valued spot in the magickal herb cabinet.  Cinnamon can be used for everything from healing and success, lust and protection and even increasing psychic powers.  Burn Cinnamon to stimulate psychic powers and increase spiritual vibration.  Use it to cleanse and purify a space or an object. Cinnamon is also used for protection, when burned as incense or added to protection mixtures it produces strong protective vibrations (which is most likely the reason it ends up in so many potpourri mixtures and decorations for the home.) Cinnamon will also give spells and herb/oil blends some extra umph especially when added to money and success spells. It has long been associated with victory and the Gods/Goddesses of victory. Use it for all spells regarding success/victory and also when you need results quickly.

Healing is also on the list of duties for Cinnamon.  Cinnamon can alleviate stomach problems including upset stomach, morning sickness, and motion sickness.  Add a small amount of Cinnamon to hot tea and it should stop the gurgles in your stomach.  Pregnant women should avoid ingesting large amounts of Cinnamon so chew Cinnamon gum instead of drinking it. Avoid Cinnamon altogether if you have a stomach ulcer, it will only make the ulcer angry...trust me.  Add Cinnamon to a hot healing drink mixture.  It helps activate the others herbs, warms you up and opens the chest.  Atreya makes me a drink her grandmother taught her whenever I get a cold.  One of the must have ingredients is 2 Cinnamon sticks.  Initially I wanted no parts of this drink but now I ask her to make it at the first sign of a sniffle (it works and it tastes amazing).   

Cinnamon is also very lustful, potent and attracting.  How do you react or feel when you smell Cinnamon?? The scent of Cinnamon creates calm, fills you with a warm and cozy feeling and you instantly begin to seek out the source of the Cinnamon scent (c'mon, how many times have you walked through the mall and caught the scent of a Cinnabon stand?? Instantly all shopping plans fly out the window and you must have a Cinnabon.). Because of this, Cinnamon is a great addition to love and happiness spells/charms/sachets etc.  It also increases the male libido and attraction so consider using it in spells to attract a male partner but if a herd of men chase you through the streets in search of your Cinnabon don't blame this witch.  

Will Cinnamon kill me??  
Possibly.  Recently something called the Cinnamon Challenge went viral on the internet.  What's that you ask?  It's when some poor soul accepts a challenge from their "friends" to eat a spoonful or more of Cinnamon.  I'm begging you, for the love of the Gods, if someone tells you to do this SAY NO! Cinnamon is wonderful and tastes great when it's sprinkled on pastry, a dash is added to a pie recipe or a smidgen is added to a hot cup of tea BUT EATING A HUGE SPOONFUL COULD KILL YOU. Especially if you have asthma, chronic bronchitis or similar ailments.  Long story short it can cause suffocation, inflammation and scarring of the lungs and it's just plain stupid. So if someone throws down the Cinnamon Challenge at the next party you go to, say no and reevaluate your friendship.  Pregnant women should not ingest large amounts of Cinnamon. Cinnamon oil will irritate and burn the skin so make sure its diluted using a carrier oil.  Cinnamon, whether powdered or oil, is potent so don't get carried away.  A drop or two goes a long way, a pinch or two of the powder should suffice and one stick is usually plenty.  ***

Fun with Cinnamon
I found this on witchipedia.com and thought it sounded like a great idea. I haven't done it yet myself but I decided to share it anyway.  Next time you need some quick cash get/make Cinnamon clay.  (The recipe for Cinnamon clay can be found online and I'm also assuming that regular molding clay from the arts and crafts store with Cinnamon added to it will have the same effect.)  Mold the Cinnamon clay into a bowl shape.  Then write the amount of money you need on a piece of paper. Place the paper in the bowl with a few coins as offerings.  When you get the money you need bury the paper and coins outside (or in a potted plant for city dwellers) and save the Cinnamon bowl for future use.

Need to give herb/oil blend a boost? Want your spell to have an extra kick? Go to your nearest grocery store and buy yourself some Cinnamon.  Use it to calm an annoyed stomach and to get over a cold faster.  Success, victory, love, lust, protection, and money matters are among the long list of powers belonging to Cinnamon.  Avoid large amount of it if your with child, remember to dilute the oil, a little goes a long way and anyone suggesting the Cinnamon Challenge is no friend of yours. There's more information out there so make sure you do some research on your own.

Bright Blessings,

***I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. Do your research before you consume any herbs via potions etc.

Sources: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by: Scott Cunningham
The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients by: Lexa Rosean



Anonymous said...

Cinnamon is a healer for many things :) Love the blog girls!

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