We commented earlier, and a little sceptically, that a study by Alan Hirsch, M.D. at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, found that cinnamon scored high as an aphrodisiac for males.


Not long after, Times food journalist Lindsey Bareham tweeted that cinnamon is about to get sexy. (Actually she said "Cinnamon (Hill) is about to get sexy" but we'll let that pass).

 

Now we read on various websites that cinnamon heats up your body and, in turn, your sex drive and that, besides its direct effect on desire, cinnamon also strengthens the heart.  How seriously should we take these claims?

 

Well, they're certainly not new.  In the Book of Proverbs (7, lines 16 -18), collected thousands of years ago, we read:

 

"I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.  I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves."

 

Nice.