Much of what is sold as cinnamon is technically cassia - the two are closely related and can be used interchangeably. Cinnamon is more expensive than cassia, and has a more savoury and much stronger flavour. If using in cooking, cinnamon is much more suited to savoury dishes.
Origin: Sri Lanka
Scientific Name: Cinnamomum verum
Folk Names: Sweet wood, true cinnamon
Planet: The Sun
Associated Celebrations: Yule
Deities: Aphrodite, Asclepius, Helios, Ra, Venus, Dionysus
Magical Properties: Psychic (astral projection, clairvoyance, divination, meditation), health, love, lust, prosperity, purification, protection, spirituality, money/wealth, passion
- Add a pinch of cinnamon (bark or powder) to your wallet to attract money.
- 3 pinches of cinnamon under the doormat of a new home helps to bring protection and good luck.
Plant Height: 10-15m
Bark: Greyish, aromatic bark
Leaves: Oblong leaves 7-18cm long, which start as a reddish colour
Flowers: Tiny, clustered, pale green flowers
Fruit: Small purplish-black fruit, 1cm across
Cover image: עידו אברמסקו, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons