Wow! I Want to be a Cinnamon Girl for the Rest of my Life!

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Neil Young had a great hit in the early 1970’s, Cinnamon Girl. In it, he sang, “I could be happy for the rest of my life with a cinnamon girl.” Honestly, I don’t believe he knew that in 2015, researchers would be looking at whether cinnamon was a natural Viagra or not. And to tell you the truth, I wasn’t looking for that either when I sought a few of cinnamon’s health benefits to add to this blog.

What happened was, I accidentally added way too much cinnamon to my pumpkin pie recipe and was surprised at the outcome. Hold on, it’s not what you think. Unless you were thinking that more is better. It was delicious! I was pleasantly surprised at how much better my pie tasted.

To round out this blog, I looked for cinnamon folk remedies and was amazed at what researchers are looking at. According to a website called Medical News Today, cinnamon might help us fight these disorders: diabetes, heart disease, coughing, arthritis, sore throats, muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite and erectile dysfunction. And if that wasn’t enough, Medical News Today states that researchers at Tel Aviv University (Israel) discovered that cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s due to an extract found in cinnamon bark. Okay already… I want to be a cinnamon girl for the rest of my life.

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How Does Mistletoe Grow On Trees? You Might Be Surprised


Mistletoe is a parasite. Some people say it harms trees, others say not so much. Opinions vary and I imagine it has a lot to do with climate.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen mistletoe grow on anything but oak trees, but the American mistletoe also grows on poplar, maple, tupelo, apple and thorn trees. Grapevines and apricot trees that grow in the Himalayas, are sometimes found with mistletoe growing on them.

What really surprised me was the way the mistletoe gets its start. Birds are attracted to the mistletoe berries and after they eat them, they clean their beaks while sitting on a tree branch. Because the berries are sticky, the seeds from the berries attach to the branch. Eventually, the seeds germinate and the mistletoe begins to grow. The roots grow right into the bark of the tree drawing water and nutrients. This parasitic action can cause the tree branch to die and lead to the death of the whole tree.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here:–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973