Cinnamon & Ginger Love


It is Christmas Eve and I am baking delicious Cinnamon and Ginger biscuits. My home smells incredible. Sweet, spicy, warm, inviting ~ such a homely and comforting, yet invigorating and focusing smell.

Being self-employed, I rarely get the chance to bake, but when I do, it will always involve wonderfully wholesome ayurvedic spices that will offer goodness for body and soul. Both cinnamon and ginger offer a range of incredible healing properties which help us fight the winter bugs and more serious illnesses. By including them in our every day diet, and by adding them to our treats, we help our bodies stay well.

I also love cinnamon and ginger teas. My current favourites are Cinnamon & Liquorice, Cinnamon & Star Aniseed & Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey by Pukka. Liquorice root, by the by, has another whole host of healing benefits, but that is for another post.

Cinnamon Health benefits

Cinnamon is often used in ayurvedic herbal preparations to enhance the bioavailability of other herbs. It is a warming spice, and contributes the sweet, pungent and bitter tastes. It is excellent for pacifying Kapha and good for balancing Vata also. Individuals trying to balance Pitta can also consume cinnamon, but in relatively smaller quantities.

In ayurveda, cinnamon is used to balance the digestion and to pacify stomach disorders. Combined with other warming herbs and spices like ginger and black pepper, it can be boiled into an herbal tea to soothe discomfort associated with colds. Its oil is used to pacify headaches and keep joints healthy.

Cinnamon also:

1. has a high Source of Antioxidants

2. Contains Anti-inflammatory Properties

3. Protects Heart Health

4. Helps Fight Diabetes

5. Helps Defend Against Cognitive Decline & Protects Brain Function

6. May Help Lower Cancer Risk

7. Fights Infections & Viruses

.8. Protects Dental Health & Freshens Breath Naturally

9. Can Help Prevent or Cure Candida

10. Benefits Skin Health

11. Helps Fight Allergies

12. Can be Used to Sweeten Recipes without Added Sugar

Ginger Health Benefits

Ginger is used so widely in ayurveda that it is an entire medicine chest in itself. There is an ayurvedic sutra (verse) that says that everyone should eat fresh ginger just before lunch and dinner to enhance digestion. Not only does ginger stoke the digestive fire, but it also whets the appetite, improves assimilation and transportation of nutrients to targeted body tissues, and clears the microcirculatory channels of the body. The few situations in which ginger is contraindicated are in cases of hyperacidity; during any form of hemorrhage (including menstruation); vertigo; and chronic skin disease.

Other than in these situations, ginger is an excellent spice that can be used daily.

Traditional ayurvedic texts recommend ginger for therapeutic use for joint pain; for motion or airsickness; and for clearing the microcirculatory channels to facilitate better absorption of nutrients and better elimination of wastes. Modern science, by way of worldwide research, ratifies its effectiveness in preventing motion or airsickness, improving digestion, and for its pro-analgesic effect on the joints, particularly in early stages of rheumatoid arthritis.

Ginger also:

1. Reduces risk of Stroke and Heart Disease

2. Relieves Indigestion and Nausea

3. Helps cure Malabsorption of food & nutrients

4. Improves Compromised Immunity and Respiratory Function

5. Fights Bacterial Infections

6. Fights Fungal Infections

7. Helps to cure Ulcers and GERD

8. Helps relieve Pain

9. May help Fight Cancer

10. Helps control Diabetes

11. Lowers Cholesterol

12. Relieves symptoms of Arthritis

So, as you can see, both these amazing spices have an impressive host of healing properties to share with us. Instead of reaching for over the counter pills and tablets, why not try including these two wholesome spices into your daily diet and see how much of a difference it makes?

Quick and Easy Cinnamon & Ginger Biscuits Recipe

  • Serves: 8+

  • Prep: 40 minutes

  • Cook: 12 minutes

  • 180℃ / Gas mark 4

What you need:

  • 300g plain flour

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp ground ginger

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 150g soft brown sugar

  • 90g butter

  • 1 egg

  • 50g golden syrup

  • 1 tsp milk (optional)

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180'C/Gas mark 4

  • Sift the flour, cinnamon and baking powder into a bowl and stir in the sugar

  • Cut the butter into cubes and rub these into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs

  • Beat the egg, add the golden syrup and beat until smooth

  • Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the egg and syrup

  • Mix the dough to a smooth ball and if it seems to stiff add the milk

  • Wrap it in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes

  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board to 5mm thick and cut into shapes with cutters

  • Transfer onto a baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes, they will still feel soft but harden upon cooling

Let cool, and enjoy the goodness!

With Love on Xmas Eve,

BeeBee xxx

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