Cinnamon

Cinnamon

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

Family: Lauraceae
Scientific Name: Cinnamomum verum

Folk Names: Sweet wood, true cinnamon

Magical

Element: Fire
Day: Sunday
Planet: The Sun
Zodiac: Leo
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

Substitutions: Cassia

Magical Uses

  • 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.

Botanical

Type: Tree
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

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