CINNAMON is a sacred plant to Dionysus, the Greek god of ecstasy- and to the Phoenix, who used cinnamon, myrrh and spikenard to build the magical fire from the ashes it raised from. In the Middle Ages the Arabs brought cinnamon from Asia to Egypt on the caravan trade routes, and because cinnamon was so scarce, the Arabs concocted the story of a mythical cinnamologus bird, claiming they made nests from cinnamon bark. Their story of obtaining the bark required dislodging the birds from perilous cliff-hanging nests by various acts of wild heroism. 350grams of cinnamon was worth 5,000grams of silver in the Middle Ages, which meant only the affluent had access to this spice. Two varieties of cinnamon include Ceylon from Shri Lanka and Cassia from China and Indonesia. Cinnamon raises our vitality, warms and stimulates all the vital functions, counteracts congestion, improves digestion and aids peripheral circulation of the blood. Because of its powerful warming and stimulating qualities, be mindful of using this spice if your constitution is already dry or if you already have too much internal heat.