What's so Special About Cinnamon?
I don't know about you, but just the smell of cinnamon makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over.
My favorite cookies to make is Snickerdoodles because I just LOVE the smell of them baking. There's just something warm and delicious about it.
The sense of smell is powerful - and when my kids smell Cinnamon, they are going to feel warm and fuzzy all over because of the fun we've had in the kitchen.
But, you might be surprised to know that the history of Cinnamon goes waaaay back - it was one of the first trade spices.
In fact, cinnamon is mentioned in the Bible - it was used in the combination of ingredients used to make a holy anointing oil for the tabernacle:
The ointment or oil was used to anoint the tabernacle of the congregation, the ark of the testimony, the table and all the vessels, the candlestick, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt-offering, etc.
I find two things interesting about this passage:
Does cinnamon have health benefits as well?
There are cinnamon pills for diabetes, cinnamon bark used medicinally by the Chinese for calming stomach acids, cinnamon bark being used in India for childbirth labor, and cinnamon increasing blood circulation and creating a warm feeling.
Well, didn't I start out by saying just the
smell of cinnamon makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over?
Laura Bankston is author of Internationally selling Cooking with Kids Curriculum: ï¿œHomeschool Cooking in a Boxï¿œ and the ï¿œHomeschool Cookbookï¿œ. She currently home schools her three children, maintains home school support websites, and manages their family-owned service business. For information on her curriculum that includes lots of recipes with cinnamon, visit http://www.homeschoolcookbook.com
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