Cinnamon is one of the world’s oldest spices and was one of the reasons the world was explored to find these wonderful spices.
Spices have been used for numerous reasons; medicinal purposes, religious rituals, aphrodisiacs, perfumes and the best one, culinary purposes from as earlier as 2000 years BCE.
Right, I need to set this record straight as I feel this BCE and CE nonsense is going to creep it’s head in over the next few months and it’s really annoying me.
As a young boy growing up in 80’s Manchester, whilst supporting Liverpool, I felt the need to fit in more, so thankfully before political correctness arrived, I blissfully enjoyed going to school, a Church of England school may I add, where I regularly participated in singing hymns in assembly and reciting the Lord’s Prayer.
Whilst growing up I understood BC to mean Before Christ and AD to mean Anno Domini, also known as the year of our Lord.
As many of us believe Hindus, Christians, Muslims, and Jedi knights a like, I’m sure will not be upset that we use Jesus Christ as a time a marker and we have been using this marker for a bloody long time so why change it?!
So, for the purpose of my blogs moving forward I shall refer to BCE as Before Cooking Existed as opposed to Before Common Era and CE as Cooking Existed not Common Era.
Back to the spices,
“Mr Spice Guy, what can they do?” you ask.
Well they can energise you, cleanse you, heal you, whilst tantalising your taste buds and even revitalise and boost your sex life!
Over time I will be posting recipes and clips of old and new recipes that can achieve all of the above.
So please follow me on this amazing Spice Journey it will be a roller coaster ride!
Come closer, I’m going to share with you, a cheeky little number that helps your skin and for us men helps them achieve a longer and harder mission, if you know what I’m saying (wink, wink).
I have made this beautiful tonic (Cinnamon water) and when eaten with exotic fruits will aid your skin without actually rubbing it directly onto skin, which of course you can do.
The topical application of cinnamon powder is not new to the world of beauty and skincare with many cultures, including those on the Asia and India having made us of for skin purposes for centuries.
Cinnamon has been cultivated widely across regions of Sri Lanka and parts of other Asian and it has occupied a space of reverence both for its medicinal properties as well as it’s culinary properties.
Happy eating love
The Spice Guy
Benefits of Cinnamon
This is a wonder Spice and the worlds first currency fit for only monarchs
One of the Oldest, baddest of all the spices
Cinnamon Skin Benefits: Why Should You Apply It On Your Face And Body?
- Adds A Plump Look To The Skin. ...
- Helps To Clean The Scalp. ...
- Helps Treat Eczema. ...
- Helps Alleviate Acne. ...
- Displays Antiseptic Properties. ...
- Helps To Limit Signs of Ageing. ...
- Soothe And Heal Dry Skin. ...
- Helps To Enhance Complexion.
Cinnamon is a spice that has been used around the world for centuries. Once traded as a currency, cinnamon has a pleasant flavour and warming aroma, and it works equally well in sweet and savoury dishes. It comes from the inner bark of a small evergreen tree. The bark is peeled and laid in the sun to dry, where it curls up into rolls known as cinnamon sticks. Cinnamon is also commonly available in powdered form.
5 Other health benefits of cinnamon
1. It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
2. Contains antioxidants
3. Its prebiotic properties may improve gut health
4. Reduces blood pressure
5. Lowers blood sugar control
Cinnamon Water Recipe
150g - caster sugar OR
100g - truvia / stevia
1 - cinnamon stick
150ml - water
Dissolve the caster sugar / truvia in the water with the cinnamon over a low heat.
Simmer for at least 40 mins
Leave to cool and bottle for future use serve over fruit.
Fruity ideas for a healthy beauty boost:
- Japanese Pears
- Goji berries