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  1. Brain Spices Cinnamon Saffron Turmeric Sage

  2. Cinnamon Name your favorite use

  3. Cinnamon Ancient use Egyptians = embalming, cosmetics Egyptians imported 2,000 BC Arabs controlled keep as a secret Legendary phoenix built nest

  4. Bible references: Moses – ingredient of holy oil Proverbs – lover’s bed perfume Song of Solomon - describe beloved incense in Tabernacle

  5. Very expensive One year wages for commoner Nero 65 AD burned year’s worth of city’s supply for his wife’s pyre

  6. Portuguese 1518 Dutch 1638 English 1796 decline

  7. True vs. Cassia True or Ceylon cinnamon Cinnamonumverum Cinnamomumzeylanicum Sri Lanka indigenous 80-90% world

  8. Cassia cinnamon Cinnamomuminers native to Burma C. loureiroi Saigon cinnamon

  9. Cinnamon quills

  10. 80 nutrients manganese fiber iron calcium

  11. Cinnamaldehyde essential oil

  12. Food preservative antimicrobial antifungal

  13. Memory loss gum before test more focus faster reflexes better scores

  14. Medical uses

  15. Type II Diabetes 1 g/day (1/4 tsp.) 20% drop in sugar Caution! Coumarin may cause liver problems

  16. History Scent, purify temples Greece Bath water Romans Cleopatra Medieval dye

  17. Food yellow Rice dishes Cakes

  18. Lussekatter Saint Santa Lucia Dec. 13, saffron bread

  19. Stigma of blue crocus

  20. Most expensive spice 100,000 flowers/pound $5,000/pound

  21. Harvesting saffron

  22. Harvesting saffron in Iran

  23. 90% produced in Iran 220 tons/year

  24. Packaging saffron

  25. Medical Use • Depression • 15 mg/day • as effective as Prozac • Works on serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine • Boost and stabilize mood

  26. b. Athersclerosis 100 mg/day decrease cholesterol Alzheimer’s 30 mg/day. Slows progress Cancer, Parkinson’s, MS still in trials, cell or animal

  27. Turmeric Leading crusader against disease

  28. Perennial Curcuma aromatica rhizome

  29. Curcumin antioxidant anti-inflammatory Protects all organs

  30. Antacid Bandages – speed healing Headache – in Tylenol Acne- topical paste Decongestant

  31. Cancer Alzheimer’s Disease Parkinson’s Disease Arthritis Heart Disease and Stroke Skin Fat buster Etc.

  32. How much? Indians eat 1 tsp/day in 3 meals

  33. Yellow American cheese Mustard Butter and margarine Chicken broth Bread-and-butter pickles Yellow cake Popcorn

  34. Best if cooked stir fry rice dishes vegetables Careful – stains counters, clothes

  35. Ginger The best for nausea

  36. Motion sicknes Morning sickness Chemotherapy Anesthesia

  37. rhizome 50% grown In India

  38. Queen Elizabeth I gave to dinner guests

  39. German tradition

  40. Gingersnaps Kimchi Jamaican jerk Curries Ginger ale Ginger tea