13 Household Uses for Cinnamon

Try these 13 uses for cinnamon around the house for everything from aches and pains to seasonal decor.


| November/December 2014


Cinnamon is comforting to us—and for good reason. It boasts anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Studies have shown it can lower cholesterol and possibly treat some infections. Keep cinnamon—specifically cassia cinnamon—stocked in your spice cabinet and use it for everything from soothing upset tummies to taming troublesome pests.

Household Uses for Cinnamon

Scent of the Season: In a reusable squirt bottle, combine water with a few drops of cinnamon essential oil. Spray in any room to eliminate odor.

Massage Magic: This lightly scented oil can aid in a relaxing massage. Combine 1⁄2 cup almond or sesame oil, 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract in a clean container. Shake oil gently before using. You can use it as a bath oil, as well.

Stomach Soother: Cinnamon contains catechins, which can help relieve nausea. To make cinnamon tea, boil 1 teaspoon cinnamon bark in a cup of water for about 10 minutes. Strain and drink. Do not drink cinnamon tea during pregnancy.



Cassia Cleaner: To make a wintry-scented all-purpose cleaner, in a large reusable spray bottle combine 1-1⁄2 cups vinegar, 1-1⁄2  cups water and 30 drops cinnamon essential oil.

Brain Booster: Cinnamon may help enhance cognitive function and memory. When studying for a test or brushing up on vocabulary in a new language, waft cinnamon essential oil under your nose or sip cinnamon tea for a brain boost.

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LilyCorall
11/4/2014 5:25:51 PM

I love cinnamon but we have to pay attention to dosage. Natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Cinnamon has several benefits but it also has some side effects for someone like: - Pregnant women, cinnamon can induce uterine contractions and in some cases even cause premature labor. - People who have a heart rate condition should be careful when consuming cinnamon because it has been associated with an increase in heart rate. Most experts agree that the right dosage is between two and five grams each day, this because it contains Coumarin which may be toxic when consumed in high dosages.









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