Casting Instructions for 'Herb-Cinnamon'
What is it: Cinnamon
Folk names:Sweet Wood, Clylon cinnamon.
Powers:Spirituality, success, Healing, Power, Psychic Powers, Lust, Protection, Love.
Ritual Uses:Cinnamon oil was used as part of holy anointiong oil by the ancient Hebrews. Acnient Roman temples were decorated by cinnamon tree leaves woven into wreaths. Cinnamoin oil was used during the mummification process by the Egyptians.
Magical Uses:When burned as an incense, made into a schet or made into an infusion, cinnamon raises high spiritual vibrations, draws money, aids in healing and stimulates psychic powers: and produces protective vibrations.
Where does it come from:Cinnamon is a small evergreen tree 10-15m tall, tleonging to the family Lauraceae, native to Sri Lanka and Southern India. The learves are ovate-oblong in shape, 7-18 cm long. The flowers which are arranged in panicles, have a geenish soulour and a rather disagreeable odour. The bruit is a purple 1 cm berry containing a single seed. Cinnamon is harvested by growing the tree for 2 years and then coppicing it. The next year a dozen or so shoots will form from the roots. These shoots are then stripped of their bark and left to dry. Only the thin (0.5 mm) inner bark is used; the outer woodry protion is removed, leaving metre long cinnamon strips which curl into rolls on drying; each dried quill comprises strips from numerous shoots packed together. These quills are then cut to 5-10 cm long pieces for sale. It's flavour is due to an aromatic oil which it contains to the extent of from 0.5 to 1%. This essential oil is prepared by roughly pounding the bark, macerating it in sea-water and then qucickly distilling the whole.The pungent taste and scent come from cinnamic aldehyde or cinnamaldehyde and, by the absorption of oxygen as it ages, it darkens in colour and develops resinous compounds. Commonly used as a spice. Can be used medically to treat Heartburn, heavy menstration, peptic ulce, poor appetite and yeast infection. Magical uses:
3 Parts Rose petals
1 part cinnamon
1 part nutmet
1 part bay
1 part mugwort Place in teapot, fill w/ boining water, let steep, covered for a few min. Remove cover, sniff steam (not so that you burn our nose) for a few moments, visualize the mystic scent opening your psychic awaremess, then lie down and prophesize. If you wish, drink a bit of the bre as well, and let the stam continue to rise as you stretch your psychic awaremess.
From: The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & brews by Scott Cunningham
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