Origin: Sri Lanka
Scientific Name: Cinnamomum verum
Folk Names: Ceylon cinnamon, sweet wood, true cinnamon
Note: 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.
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.
Part Used: Leaves or bark
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 71°C (bark), 88°C (leaf)
Scent Type: Spicy
Perfume Note: Middle
Scent Description: Warm, spicy scent
Can help ease menstrual pains.
- Avoid during pregnancy.
- Unsafe for use if taking blood-thinning medication.
- Extremely sensitising, frequent use can cause allergies to develop.
- Not recommended for topical use: always wear non-latex gloves when handling.
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