You can do a lot of things with cinnamon. You could put some in a pie. You could mix it into your hot chocolate. Some people even get a spoonful and pop it straight into their mouth (Side note: Please don’t actually do that). It can be dangerous.
Remember the story of a little boy who died from cinnamon? This article, however, is less concerned with those types of uses for cinnamon and much more concerned with the little known things that can be done with cinnamon.
You see, cinnamon is an anti-bacterial and -fungal agent that can be used for a wide variety of purposes beyond just spicing up a desert or ruining your night. So, let’s go ahead and take a look at some of the magic of cinnamon.
First off, cinnamon can be used to treat the flu and other stomach illnesses. By making a special kind of tea out of cinnamon, you can kill harmful bacteria. Simply boil a cinnamon stick in 1 and a half cups of water for 15-20 minutes should do the trick. Let the tea sit for a while. Once it turns from pale yellow to a deep red you know it’s ready for drinking.
Cinnamon is also an odor neutralizer. This quality is related to its anti-bacterial traits. Here’s good news for you. Remember that note about boiling cinnamon to make tea? That same process is going to make your home smell amazing! Two birds with one cinnamon stick.
Need a good metabolism booster? Cinnamon is once again your friend. Have about a teaspoon of it in the morning to give your metabolism a jump shot. Mix it in with your coffee or breakfast food.
Did you know that cinnamon can help fight gum disease? Not many people do. Swap out your mouth wash with a tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil. It’s tasty, cheaper, and effective!
Cinnamon also helps to lower blood sugar levels. That’s good news for people with type 2 diabetes. Obviously, cinnamon doesn’t replace taking insulin, but it can give you an extra boost if you need it.
Amazingly, cinnamon also works as an insect repellant. Insects apparently haven’t heard about all the benefits that cinnamon can provide. The spice is especially effective against ants. Sprinkle a line of it on the ground and ants won’t cross the spot. (Fun fact: this also works with chalk).
There are some hints that cinnamon can be a mood booster, along with all of its other traits. That cinnamon tea mentioned earlier could also brighten your day on top of helping with your stomach ache. If you’re feeling a little down one day, give cinnamon a shot.
Finally, cinnamon can treat toenail fungus. Apply some cinnamon leaf oil to the fungus every morning and evening. Pretty soon you should see some change. (And if you don’t, obviously go see your doctor). Cinnamon’s got a whole lot of health benefits, but my favorite thing about it is that it’s absolutely delicious!
Share away, people!
What do you think?