your belly to my hands
in the dry air and said
I am the cinnamon
peelers wife. Smell me…”
My favourite excerpt from Michael Ondaatje’s poem The Cinnamon Peelers Wife speaks of the lingering sensual essence of cinnamon. I love this poem, it is so full of subtle sensuality and the desire to be the one love marked by your lovers scent.
Cinnamon triggers so many scent memories.
There is no hiding from the bold sweet sensuality of this alluring smell. It is in perfumes that call to the exotic desires of our imagination. It teases us in baked goods, chai’s, and sweets with its irresistible mischief.
Cinnamon, the spice that created legends, stretched borders and moved explorers to risk their lives at sea. It is the middle note in my teenage memory from the popular perfume Cinnabar (remember that?). Estee Lauder described it as a fragrance that fulfills every woman’s yearning for the exotic and mysterious. I remember feeling that way about it entirely.
Can you conjure up this aromatic spice without awakening a delectable memory? Close your eyes. Breathe. There it is.
And not only is it good medicine for a dampened spirit and stirring fervent desires but cinnamon has been revered as an Ayurvedic remedy for the sugar blues and other ailments of body, mind, and spirit.
Here’s why you want some of that good aromatic medicine every day:
Cinnamon has been recommended by the American Diabetes Association for controlling diabetes. That’s pretty huge for a spice to be recommended as an efficacious medicine by a traditional medical governing body. Studies have shown that cinnamon lowers blood glucose and lowers LDL cholesterol in both diabetics and those with healthy blood sugar. A small and very accessible daily dose of a half to a quarter teaspoon can bring enormous health benefits for those needing to lower blood sugar levels and blood fats.
Cinnamon acts as an aphrodisiac restoring the OJAS or life force of the body as well as rejuvenating the reproductive system. Truthfully I always feel a little titillated when blending the essential oil with other essences. It goes really well with bergamot, orange, jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli, white lotus, and vetiver.
Recent studies have shown that cinnamon reduces cardiovascular disease. A true warrior spice for the anahata chakra, acting as a tonic to strengthen your heart.
Other intriguing areas of research show cinnamon to protect brain cells from certain types of liver disease as well as in post-stroke incidents. Cinnamon also accelerated wound healing in various studies. I could go on and on. It seems there is no end to the miraculous healing properties of this treasured aromatic.
You can take a daily dose very easily. Add to your drinks, soups, stews, salad dressings, fruit salads, teas. Stir some into warm water with fresh ginger for an afternoon boost without the sugar spike. I also add a lavish amount in my super-bliss balls. This is what I call true aromanutrition!
Oh and add a few drops to your diffuser or nebulizer to inhale throughout the day.
Whether you have healthy blood sugar and a strong heart or not you can use cinnamon as a preventative daily medicine and health elixir. Good circulation, respiratory health, balanced blood sugar.
And these are only a few of the sweet benefits of including this fragrant spice in your daily AromaDosha Blueprint™
Want to know how to best apply this exotic warming spice into your diet and AromaDosha Blueprint practice as a potent daily health tonic?
For your SPIRIT: Cinnamon added to Ghee. Apply this cinnamon-ghee to your morning toast and add it to food. Sauté veggies in it. Add a teaspoon to warm almond milk an hour before bed. Pop over to the ghee blog and scroll to the bottom if you need a spiced ghee recipe. Simply substitute those spices with cinnamon.
For your HEART: Enjoy an uplifting daily afternoon tonic of a cinnamon tea. Add one teaspoon cinnamon and one or two cinnamon sticks to one big cup of warm water with half an inch fresh grated ginger or a pinch of ginger powder or add half a teaspoon to your chai elixir tonic. Sip throughout the day.
For your MIND: Add cinnamon essential oil to your nebulizer, diffuser or a drop to the palm of your hands and do hand-palm inhalation (add a drop of essential oil, vigorously rub hands together and cup hands over nose with mouth half open and inhale deeply). Aromatherapy is systemic medicine and done daily can impact the health of your brain, balance your hormones and benefit all your bodily systems.
For your BODY: Add 8 drops of cinnamon essential oil and blend with around 5ml sesame oil for a vigorous body massage once or twice weekly as an add-on to your usual daily self-massage routine. The therapeutic properties of both oils penetrate your skin cells and enter the blood stream to help regulate blood sugar levels as well as toning the skin.
We would love to know what you’ve done with cinnamon to spice up your life, bring you comfort or sweeten your diet. Let us know in the comments below!
Recipes, memories, and sexy cinnamon stories all welcome ; )
With Fragrant Blessings,