Friday, June 17, 2011

It's a Cinnamon & Bay Leaf Day...

There is green everywhere one looks around here...
I do so love green

the day has turned out bright and sunny after a couple of days of rain

do you use bay leaves in your cooking?
it's a great medicinal food to add to your culinary cupboard
our farmer neighbor brought us a huge bouquet of fresh bay leaves

I love the way he tied the boughs together...
with dried banana leaves
I'd like to learn how to do that

are the leaves not beautiful?
they are chock full of nutrients

they supply vitamins A, C...
magnesium, calcium, manganese, potassium, and iron
the leaves are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti- fungal

when dried, they become an olive color

most people know of it in the powder form
I dry mine and then grind the leaves into a powder to keep in my pantry

I use it in soups, stews, cocoa tea, meats
it makes for a great poultice on wounds

even the dog thought the bouquet was interesting

we also harvested cinnamon bark from our own tree...
this tasty bark has it's great properties, also

it never ceases to amaze me how God has put these beautiful plants on the earth for our benefit
you can learn more of both these herbs on...

the boughs of bay leaves need hanging to dry and the cinnamon put away in jars

our little Orphan Annie says...

May you have a sweet, savory day, or night.


  1. The last photo is wonderful. You have a great weekend, too. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

  2. sweet! i too think it's amazing everything God put for us here to use and benefit from.

    love the bay leaves! i've never heard of cinammon bark before.

    have a blessed weeekend~

  3. sounds like a great day...and yes, I do use fresh bay leaves in my cooking...and I have never used fresh cinammon - only store bought already ground -

    how so very blessed you are to receive all those bay leaves

  4. How fascinating, to be living in a place that grows things that we use but could never grow!

    Blessings, Debbie

  5. I wonder if we could get some cinnamon to grow here...

  6. I do use bay leaves in our cooking, I love using them! I had no idea what the health benefits were however, thank you for sharing that.

    I'm assuming the cinnamon bark is where ground cinnamon comes from? We do buy long sticks of cinnamon to use in hot cider or teas. We also mix cinnamon w/ raw honey and take regularly to boost our immune system.

    I love all the natural things God has given us, and want to learn more. Thank you for sharing your knowledge w/ the rest of us, it's so good to know these things.