The aroma of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven. The pungent taste on your tongue. You have it in your kitchen. And use it to bake goodies of all different kinds. You might even have cinnamon sticks and powder in your cupboard. But did you know you can use cinnamon in your witchcraft? Let’s talk all thing cinnamon: cinnamon magic properties and 10 easy but powerful uses in the craft.
Cinnamon, Cinnamomum, is essentially a common spice that’s made from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees. This genus of tree belongs to the Laurel family and are considered evergreen. These trees emit aromatic oils which have seduced people for centuries. Cinnamon is a spice used mostly in baking and cooking, and it also comes in essential oil form.
Cinnamon has been traded and used for thousands of years. Records show since at least 2000 BC. Ancient Egyptian priests used cinnamon in the mummification process, giving it an inevitable link to the spirit world and the dead. It was also given as offering to royalty and to gods and goddesses in ancient times. It has been traded from various countries in tropical Asia and in high demand all over the known world since.
Cinnamon is used by magical practitioners and witches of all kinds and for many reasons. Cinnamon’s magic properties include protection, money, strength, love, amplification, divination and connection to the ancestors and the spirit world. Cinnamon is also used medicinally for many reasons including as an anti-inflammatory, for its antioxidants, to lower blood sugar and aid in the body’s insulin-production, and to decrease risk of heart disease.
It’s particularly present during two seasons: Autumn and Winter. And is frequently used in dishes, potpourri, essential oil blends, crafts and much more during the holidays. You’ll notice the scent of cinnamon wafting from every witch’s house from Mabon Eve through the Winter holidays like Yule and Saturnalia. You might see it accompanying orange slices on evergreen garlands and wreaths. Or smell it when it’s baked into a pumpkin pie. Whatever the method, this herb is powerful.
Cinnamon comes in a few forms, making cinnamon magic versatile and fun. Find cinnamon sticks, chips, and powdered at your local grocery store. Cinnamon essential oil is sold by natural food stores and herbal shops. How you use cinnamon in your witchcraft is only limited to your imagination. Here’s a few ideas:
Sprinkle cinnamon on your morning coffee and visualize your intention: love, protection, strength, vitality, etc. for the day. Add cinnamon chips to herbal tea or sprinkle over top in the same way.
One of my favorite forms of magic is spell bottles and jars. Add cinnamon chips, powder, oil or sticks to your spell bottles, jar, and bags for your intention OR to amplify the effects of the spell. Cinnamon is a known strengthener of any magical intention = it yields more powerful results.
I don’t know if anyone else does this, but I use cinnamon essential oil (among others) as offerings. I sprinkle a few drops on my ancestor and deity candles, on god/goddess statues, and more. It smells amazing and pleases Spirit.
I bet you have cinnamon in your kitchen pantry or cupboard. If you enjoy kitchen magic like me, make a pan of cinnamon rolls this weekend to lighten the household’s mood. Cinnamon rolls are delicious and comforting in times of stress and anxiety. While making/baking, visualize your intentions and smile! Yummy cinnamon magic. Here’s a recipe.
The first candle spell I ever cast included a red votive candle and McCormick’s powdered cinnamon. If all you have is a candle, a bit of oil, and some cinnamon, you’re good to go! Sprinkle cinnamon around the candle, or anoint the candle with a bit of oil and roll it into the cinnamon. Great for love, money, protection, and all kinds of spells!
You all know how much I love my simmering potpourri spells. SUPER EASY, cheap and effective in the home. Add cinnamon to an Autumn or Christmas simmering potpourri to cleanse, invigorate, and promote love in the home. Here’s our article on Simmering Potpourri Magic to give you ideas.
Nothing reminds me of Autumn or the Winter holiday season like mulled wine. Great for family dinners, holiday parties, coven meetings, and more. Making mulled wine in a Dutch oven over an open fire or on the stove always makes me feel like I’m brewing a magical potion. Mulled wine wouldn’t be the same without cinnamon sticks. Add for protection, health, love, and more. Here’s a recipe for mulled wine.
An old folk magic tradition is working magic into chores. The next time you have to wash your front door or floors, make an infusion of herbs and spices. Include cinnamon for whatever your intentions are that day. Cinnamon brings abundant blessings into the home. Making an infusion is easy: simmer water with herbs on the stove for 10+ minutes, strain and use as door wash or mop water.
I’ve seen a lot of cinnamon stick decorations during Christmas time. It’s as easy as gluing or stringing cinnamon sticks together to make a symbol. Witches can use this craft to make runes, pentagrams, etc. Pinterest has some great crafting tutorials – just search for “cinnamon stick craft”. Then add string or ribbon to the top and hang your cinnamon magic runes above your altar, around the home, and even in your car.
Snickerdoodles are basically sugar cookies rolled in cinnamon. Sounds delicious, right? It is. Add a little magick to your cookies by visualizing your intentions while baking them. You could even draw sigils and symbols into the cinnamon before rolling your cookie dough in them.
The same way you add cinnamon to the top of your coffee and tea, you’ll add it to your smoothie. Cinnamon literally goes great in almost every decadent smoothie containing banana, pumpkin, coffee, cacao, peanut butter, apple, and even pear. Whenever I add it to my morning smoothie, I envision it’s energies speeding up the healthy benefits of each ingredient. I also visualize it providing protection and strength to me so I can get through my day.
A legitimately fun activity to do in Autumn or Winter is to make scented pine cones. If you live in a place where the pine cones are aplenty, gather 12-18. You can then either drip cinnamon essential oil onto the cones and bake them at 200 degrees for 15 minutes. OR bake them first to dry them out completely THEN add the pine cones to a bag along with the oil, shake, remove and let air dry completely. Adding other oils to the mix increases the aroma these babies give off including clove, orange, or mint oils. Leave them in a bowl near your front door or on the coffee table.
One of my favorite magical things to bake is cinnamon bread. It’s a delicious dish for the Winter holidays (Yule or Saturnalia) and is versatile. Eat it for breakfast, brunch, snack or dessert. Every time you eat it, visualize prosperity filling your house and bank account. Cinnamon is, after all, a potent multiplier for prosperity spells.
Cinnamon is powerful on so many levels. Many magical practitioners, mediums, and witches use it in their divination practices. Some ways might be to gently blow cinnamon over the table or space you’ll be using before divining. Washing your hands in a gentle cinnamon hand wash before reading the runes or Tarot (be sure to always dilute cinnamon essential oil with a carrier oil as it will burn the skin!) or even burning a cinnamon candle during a session.
One tip that went viral on TikTok involves taking a small handful of cinnamon and blowing it through your front door on the first of every month to encourage prosperity to flow into the home. I’ve done this a few times and have seen definite results!
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