I don’t like chemicals and try to avoid them at all costs. In my garden space, I use homemade deterrents for insect control to keep my dogs and the environment safe.
If you aren’t using cinnamon around your home, in your garden and for your health, read on.
For Your Health:
1. As a power booster: Improves cognitive function and memory. Carry a stick with you to keep you focused. Or add to your morning cereal or coffee.
2. Cholesterol reducer: One quarter teaspoon cinnamon daily.
3. Pain reducer: Helps with contraction and relaxation of muscles.
4. Menstrual aid: For centuries cinnamon has been known to help with heavy menstrual bleeding.
5. Circulation booster: Cinnamon is commonly used to thin blood, which increases circulation through the body.
6. Arthritis pain reducer: Research shows that cinnamon slows down the breaking of bones.
7. Complexion enhancer: Cinnamon has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties along with antioxidants. Mix 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon with 3 tablespoons honey to apply to skin. Let mixture sit a few hours or overnight. Wash off with warm water.
8. Bladder infection: Cinnamon is also a diuretic.
9. Digestive aid: Cinnamon helps break down fats during digestion. A tea water concoction of a few dashes of cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey half an hour before eating will soothe your digestive system.
10. Yeast Infection: High blood sugar levels can lead to candida overgrowth. Cinnamon is helpful in lowering blood sugar.
I am not a medical professional, so I suggest you look up the safe use of cinnamon before ingesting.
Insect Bite Treatment: A mixture of cinnamon and honey applied to skin irritation helps to alleviate pain and itching. The mixture also disinfects the infected area and moisturizes to heal it.
Food Preservative: Add cinnamon to any recipe and it will help prevent the spoiling of food by delaying bacterial growth.
Light Bulb Diffuser: One drop of cinnamon essential oil on a cool light bulb will fill the room with aroma.
Moth repellant: Combine 1/2 cup of whole cloves and 1/2 cup whole black peppercorns with 3-4 broken cinnamon sticks. Fill sachets with 1 tablespoon of this mixture and place in drawers.
Ant repellent: I keep cheap cinnamon around to keep ants at bay. Sprinkle the powder around openings and wherever ants are getting in. They will turn around and not cross the line of cinnamon, I’ve found.
Cinnamon Outside & In The Garden:
Ants In The Sandbox: If there are ants in a child’s sandbox, mix a container of cinnamon powder with the sand, mixing well. Ants will avoid the sand.
Rooting Agent: I use cinnamon powder on a cut stem to stimulate root growth. Pour a spoonful onto a paper towel and roll damp stem ends in the cinnamon.
Deter Mushrooms In Planters: Cinnamon will deter mushrooms. Stir cinnamon in warm water and allow to steep overnight. Strain the liquid through a coffee filter and put the remainder into a spray bottle. Spray the stems and leaves of affected plants. Mist the potting soil of the plant with the mushroom problem.