Another spice that gets used a lot around the holidays and one of my favorites is cinnamon. Today lets take a look at it.

In ancient times cinnamon was so prized that it was used as gifts fitting for monarchs and gods. During the middle ages the source of this spice was kept secret from the western world. Some stories they came up with were that it was fished up with nets or that birds collected the sticks to make nest out of.

Cinnamon oil was used in anointing oil used by ancient Hebrews. the oil was also used by Egyptians in the mummification process. Romans used the leaves in wreaths that decorated temples. They also burned it at funerals because its fragrance was considered sacred. In the middle ages cinnamon was a sign of wealth and power. It was served in order to impress guest.