12 Unconventional Ways to Use Cinnamon

May 20, 2016

12 Unconventional Ways to Use Cinnamon

Cinnamon bread, apple pie, and breakfast cereal are a few places where cinnamon, quite frankly, rocks. It is a great addition to many recipes. However, there are many unconventional uses of cinnamon that you may not be familiar with.

Take a look at some of these uses for cinnamon that have absolutely nothing to do with pre-heating an oven to 350 degrees.  

Try using cinnamon for:

    • Alertness. Cinnamon has been known to boost brain power. In a recent study volunteers were asked to complete tasks on the computer using plain gum, no gum, and gum flavored with cinnamon. The participants with cinnamon gum responded most quickly to the test. Not only does consuming cinnamon improve the body's ability to utilize blood sugar, but just smelling the wonderful odor of this sweet spice boosts brain activity. Try our Brain Booster vitamin pack which is also formulated to keep you alert and focused.

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    • Antioxidants. Cinnamon has more antioxidants than many so-called antioxidant foods, ounce-for-ounce. One teaspoon of cinnamon has as much antioxidant capacity as a full cup of pomegranate juice or a half-cup of blueberries. Cinnamon contains the antioxidants polyphenols, phenolic acid, and flavonoids which help to help slow the process of aging.
    • Inflammation. Cinnamon health benefits include powerful anti-inflammatory properties, helping to relieve the pain and stiffness in your muscles and joints. It also helps reduce inflammation through flavonoid compounds, which can be used to manage pain. 
    • Bath oil. Have you ever smelled the scent of lavender as you’ve walked by an open air market?  Or from bath salts?  A beautiful aroma can calm and soothe, and cinnamon is no different.  For a cinnamon-infused bath, blend almond oil, vanilla essential oil, and cinnamon. Your senses will thank you for it!
    • Fresh breath. Cinnamon fights bacteria and can fight the bacteria that causes bad breath (no halitosis here). Gargle cinnamon with warm water for fresh breath or you can even chew cinnamon sticks. 
    • Digestion. Cinnamon contains volatile oils which help to break down fats, helping to aid your digestion. It's very effective for indigestion, nausea, vomiting and upset stomach. It also relieves acidity, diarrhea and morning sickness. It is therefore often regarded as a digestive tonic.  Eat cinnamon with your meal or make cinnamon tea before you eat. 
    • Potpourri. Sprinkle cinnamon essential oil on dry potpourri or place cinnamon sticks in potpourri for an added scent of cinnamon.
    • Scented spray. Combine water and cinnamon essential oil, and use it as a spray to neutralize odor.  Wipe down counters in the kitchen or bathroom as well to add a fresh scent to the room without using chemical spray.
    • Skin scrub. Cinnamon acts as both an antioxidant, slowing the aging process, and it has antibacterial properties.  So, naturally, it’s a great addition to any skin scrub.  To make a DIY skin scrub, add cinnamon to honey and place it on your skin.  Let it sit for a few hours or overnight.  Wash the skin scrub off, and bask in your glow. Additionally, try our Replenish+Rejuvenate vitamin pack to maintain firmness in your skin and assist with lustrous hair, skin and nails.
    • Bug bites. If you’ve been bitten by a bug, use cinnamon to reduce swelling. Mix cinnamon and honey, and place it on the bite. Let it sit to moisturize and serve as an antibacterial. 
    • Preserve food. Cinnamon helps to prevent bacterial growth and oxidation in foods and is used in food preparation in a number of countries with a hot climate. Paper coated with cinnamon oil has been shown to prevent the growth of mold in packaging for sliced bread. 
    • You’ll need cinnamon essential oil, a vase, and olive oil. Place ¼ cup of olive oil into the vase, and add 20 to 25 drops of cinnamon essential oil.  Place reed diffusers into the glass, and alternate by switching them around every few days.
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      Cinnamon is a spice with a plethora of uses. It’s a spice that can serve as a great addition to many dishes, whether savory or sweet. It can also be used to fight bad odors, or as an aromatic addition to potpourri. Cinnamon can also be used to preserve food, or to help you to stay alert during the day. 

      To learn more about alternative uses for cinnamon, visit this page here.

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