Cinnamon was interesting for the children because, unlike the previous herbs, cinnamon was familiar- think of cookies and cinnamon toast! What they didn’t know, of course, was that cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree. You can’t rub it between your fingers and get a delightful aroma but you can taste it by licking it! Since it doesn’t grow here, being a tropical plant, photographs and drawings had to suffice.
We decided to make mulled cider and an electuary- a medicinal delivery system from Ayruveda utilizing honey mixed with a powdered herb. My experience is limited to honey and turmeric mixed in equal parts and taken as an anti viral remedy. I knew the children wouldn’t go for that so when cinnamon was mentioned in The Kid’s Herb Book I thought it might be worth a try- and they loved it!
Cinnamon is warming. It fights colds and flu, is good for coughs when chills and low fever are present, combined with clear to white mucus but, not advised when yellow mucus is present. It eases tummy aches as well as vomiting. The children mixed 1 tsp. each ground cinnamon and honey then ate the mix. It was so popular there was much spoon licking!
The mulled cider was/is a sense delight! The aroma filled the classroom and emoted a sense of calm, comfort and warmth. We kept it simple with apple cider heated with cinnamon sticks and a few cloves. The Kids Herb Book suggested, in addition to the cinnamon/ cloves mix the addition of, 2 teaspoons chopped and dried orange peel, and ½ teaspoon allspice. You might even have your own version so- just enjoy!