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Charming Cinnamon: 2 Healthy Tips to Chase the Blues Away

Yesterday evening, for no apparent reason whatsoever, I was feeling awfully low. The human mind is indeed a mystery yet to be unravelled in its entirety.

Like Nature, we women are subtle feminine mystery encased in a human body.

Being a woman myself, I would like to think, that women cannot be understood purely by logic.

There will always remain an air of enigma about us. Our thoughts and emotions are very different from men, and so are the factors that affect them.

Women have been accused of being too 'emotional', too 'sensitive' and too 'unpredictable' since the times of Sigmund Freud.

He even went ahead to say "Women oppose change, receive passively, and add nothing of their own," in a 1925 paper entitled "The Psychical Consequences of the Anatomic Distinction Between the Sexes". (American Psychiatric Association)

In the present times, a statement like this would have started a Revolution.

It is, however, very interesting to observe the findings of modern science. National Institute of Mental Health U.S states that "Depression is more common among women than men, likely due to certain biological, hormonal, and social factors that are unique to women". (NIMH)

Anxiety and Depression Association of America statistically state that "Women (10.4%) were almost twice as likely as were men (5.5%) to have had depression". (ADAA)

Mental Health America mentions that "Many factors in women may contribute to depression, such as developmental, reproductive, hormonal, genetic and other biological differences (e.g. premenstrual syndrome, childbirth, infertility and menopause)". (MHA)

As a woman, I would like to add an important factor to that observation and that would be the constant need for a woman to portray herself as an equally competent gender as a man.

The American psychologist, columnist and TV personality must have realised that fact in the world of men when she said :

"A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success." - Joyce Brothers

Evidently, it appears that women tend to be more susceptible to depression than men.

Have you ever wondered whether it has something to do with our comparatively higher EQ than our male counterpart? I am sure science will someday find an answer to that lingering question.

But admittedly, I have come across men who can give women a run for their money when it comes to Emotional Quotient.

And thanks to that Emotional Quotient, women's gifted 'special' ability to manage her workers, teams or operate in a certain environment has been recognised.

There is now a Global Benchmark to ascertain how Emotionally Intelligent a person is.

I amuse at the thought on what Sigmund Freud would have to say about Emotional Quotient, had he been alive today.

Dark and dreary mind where nothing's going right

Speaking about 'feeling low', it would be most unfair to assume that men do not go through the 'low' phrase. In fact, they are more at risk.

The stereotypical society has placed high expectations and norms for the male to 'behave'. Men have a tough time keeping up with their 'resilient' image.

A sign of sadness or crying is considered as a sign of weakness in many cultures even today. This constant compulsion to live up to an image set by society can take its toll.

In many ways, I consider those women to be lucky, who were allowed to be themselves. Allowed to embrace their identity, emotional needs and exercise freedom of expression without inhibition.

Those who were never been admonished for having a good cry or reprimanded for choosing their career and giving a tough competition to their male colleagues.

But at times, and more often than not, you may have been overwhelmed with emotions for no apparent reason. A sense of void takes an iron grip over your very being.

A feeling which many of us can easily relate to but has no idea how to 'come out' of it.

And during those unexplained dark moments, our subtle feminine energy needs some serious boost and who comes to our rescue - Lo and Behold! It is the Charming Cinnamon!

My generous and affectionate mother had passed on her secret recipe to the man in my life with ample hint on when to serve it to her daughter. And I share it with you, dear readers.

A Mother's Instincts, a feminine subtlety, an eternal bond of care. Nature whispers that I share this with you all. For as the famous poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist had said :

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed - Maya Angelou

Before, I share this special brew to you all. I must disclose that cinnamon tea was originally adviced for my uncle, who was diabetic and went into a depression of sorts as a result of changes in his diet to control his condition.

Needless, to say, he loved to indulge in food, especially sweet ones. Cinnamon had lifted his moods while healing him at the same time from his condition.

So, here is one of the versions of Cinnamon Tea. This is an aromatic drink and is best taken without milk. A great option and much advised for those who are lactose intolerant.

Serves 2 :

  • Heat and bring to boil 2 cups of water.

  • Add Cinnamon Tea Bags (I use the organic ones)

  • OR Add Cinnamon Stick (Ceylon/ Indian) washed along with regular tea bags or tea leaves

  • OR Add 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon Powder (depending upon how strong you want the brew to be)

  • Strain the liquid in case the powder is not finely grounded. Please use organic powder only.

  • Add pure organic Honey if you wish to boost your metabolism or any sweetener of your choice.

  • And your drink is ready.

The preferred brand of Cinnamon Stick and Powder is underlined and linked above, just in case you are wondering which one's are the best

A cup of Happiness and Heath

After years, I realised how subtly mother had combined cinnamon tea with Christmas.

Not only does it signals the celebration with the touch of euphoria, but also reduces the effect of all the sweet and sugary treats that we indulge in.

Whoever said healthy eating was boring never met my mother.

Speaking of healthy eating and healing at the same time, here is something for you, if you like your tea robust with milk and doesn't shy away from a spicy kick to your tea.

This one is for the more adventurous ones.

Now, that I am sharing the recipe for the robust cinnamon tea, let me also share with you another wonder spice which fragrantly blends with cinnamon and that is - Cardamom.

Cardamom becomes a natural mood lifter when combined with cinnamon. There are many other medicinal benefits of Cardamom when eaten in moderate quantities, it heals not only the body but also the mind.

Now here is the recipe :

Serves 2 :

  • Heat and bring to boil 2 cups of water.

  • Add Cinnamon, about an inch and a half.

  • Add two medium-sized crushed green cardamom

  • Add 2 teaspoon of tea or 2 tea bags

  • Boil it for 1-2 minutes on medium flame.

  • Add Milk (Toned or Full Fat) 1/2 cup or more as per your taste.

  • Add Sugar 1 Tsp Sugar or more as per your taste.

You may brew it for 3 minutes if you prefer a strong flavour.

Or you may leave it for a minute on the medium heat before straining it into cups.

And you are all set!

If you are wondering the robust tea recipe sounds familiarly Indian, then you are right. It is. And not all spices are meant to burn your tongue or your tummy.

These have miraculous healing power. While I cook up another storm in a teacup to lift my mood, do raise a cup to yours! Happy sipping!

Important Note: If you are medically diagnosed with depression or currently undergoing treatment for mental health. Please do not stop your medication. The tips from the above post are additional assistance in battling your condition. Also, if you feel you need to seek medical help for persistent conditions or symptoms, please reach for medical assistance without delay.

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