DIY Homemade Cinnamon Remedies and Solutions

Cinnamon Antibacterial Spray

This sweet-smelling spray is perfect as a mouthwash spritzer, or to spray on your feet to prevent foot odor and help combat fungal infections. Use as required. If you make several batches, you can decant some into a different, larger bottle and use it as a homemade antibacterial surface cleaner too – perfect for quick spray clean ups in the kitchen or bathroom.

You will need:

  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups water
  • A small spray bottle or similar container

How to make cinnamon antibacterial spray:

  • Break up the cinnamon sticks and add to a saucepan.
  • Add the water, and bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for around five minutes.
  • Take off the heat and leave to steep for 45 minutes.
  • Strain, and decant into bottles as required.

For vaginal thrush infections, this solution can be used lukewarm as a daily douche until the infection is cleared, but do not use for more than one week and stop immediately if you are in discomfort or if the symptoms get worse.

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Easy Cinnamon Tea

This delicious cinnamon tea is very easy to make, and can be enjoyed just for the taste – but it’s also a useful sleep tonic and could help keep blood sugar levels under control.

You will need:

  • Two cups of water
  • One or two cinnamon sticks
  • A regular tea bag
  • Brown sugar or honey to taste
  • Milk to taste

How to Make Cinnamon Tea:

  • Add one or two cinnamon sticks to two cups of water in a saucepan.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 20 minutes.
  • Add the regular tea bag and steep for a few minutes.
  • Remove the cinnamon sticks and stir in a teaspoon or two of honey or brown sugar – as much as you would normally add to your regular tea or coffee.
  • Pour into your cup and add milk to taste.

This is for one person; if you’re making cinnamon tea for your family or for more people, allow two extra cups of water per person and one cinnamon stick per person.

If you don’t like regular tea, you can omit the tea bag – it’s a matter of taste and preference. Children tend to love this tea as it’s sweet and satisfying, and quite creamy too depending on the milk you choose to use.

Cinnamon Hair Refresher

Hair easily becomes clogged with the chemical residues of gel, shampoos and conditioners, losing its tone and shine. Cinnamon, with its natural cleansing properties, can be an effective way of removing build up and allowing your hair to breathe.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda

How to make cinnamon hair refresher:

  • Mix the ground cinnamon and the bicarbonate of soda together in a small dish or bowl.
  • Pick up the powder in pinches while you’re shampooing your hair as normal, and massage into your scalp.
  • Rinse thoroughly.

As well as washing away chemicals from your hair, the powder will help to remove impurities. Cinnamon has hair lightening qualities, so you may notice a very slight change in your hair tone after use. Repeat the hair refreshing treatment once a week for best results.

Ancient people were clearly onto something good when they realized the many and varied uses of cinnamon. For many of us, the smell of cinnamon conjures up memories of comfort baking, and particularly of Christmas, but careful use of this versatile spice can enhance our lives throughout the year. From cooking to cleaning and from hair care to skin care to infection fighting power, cinnamon has so much more to offer us than its delightful taste and aroma.

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