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Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Parts used: Bark and essential oil

Benefits: What a marvelous plant! As well known for its medicinal properties as for its delicious flavor, the cinnamon tree is native to India but is widely cultivated in most tropical regions of the world. Though cinnamon is considered to be simply a spice by most Westerners, herbalists have been using it for centuries as a warming digestive aid. It is a wonderful mild stimulant and can be combined with ginger to treat circulatory and digestive problems. The plant has antiviral and antiseptic activities, making it useful for fighting infection. Because of its delicious flavor, it’s often used in herbal formulas to mask the taste of less flavorful medicinal plants. There are few blends that aren’t enhanced by cinnamon’s warm, spicy flavor!

Suggested uses: To make a warming tea, infuse 1/2-1 teaspoon of cinnamon bark in 1 cup of boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Combine cinnamon with ginger for circulatory problems, with chamomile for poor digestion, and with yarrow & peppermint for colds and flus. Use the powdered bark in cooking; it is a flavorful addition to many main courses and desserts. Add the essential oil to salve recipes and use them topically as analgesics and as warming, stimulating balms.

Daphne Oram (1925-2003) was a pioneering electronic musician and sound engineer at the famed BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The Young Americans label has just issued a luxurious 4 LP vinyl collection drawn from Oram’s massive sound archives. “The Daphne Oram Tapes” includes 46 tracks, a total of 2.5 hours of previously unreleased material. And this is just volume one! (via Electronic pioneer Daphne Oram recordings now available - Boing Boing)

“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.”
― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Dean Ornish, MD, is the founder, president, and director of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, where he holds the Safeway Chair. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish received his medical training from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. For the past 28 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery.

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