8 Uncommon Uses for Cinnamon You Never Knew

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Written by Bernie Carr

Preppers like to stock up on multi-purpose items such as baking soda, salt, sugar, and I’ve posted about emergency uses for common items. One thing I have not covered is cinnamon. I use a lot of cinnamon for cooking and baking but it turns out cinnamon is very useful around the house. Here are a few I’ve been trying out.

Insect repellent

Cinnamon can be used to repel indoor and outdoor pests. Deter ants by sprinkling cinnamon on observed ant trails. Mosquitos and other biting insects also do not like the scent of cinnamon. Sprinkle is around your patio near your entrances. You’ll enjoy the smell but the bugs won’t.

Digestive aid

Have a bit of heartburn or stomach upset? Try adding cinnamon to tea or milk to soothe your digestive tract. This remedy is not recommended for pregnant women.

Sore throat relief

Mix cinnamon and honey to tea to relieve a sore throat. The mixture has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that may even help shorten a cold.

Closet sachet

Are moths eating through your clothes? Make a closet sachet with a few of other spices such as eucalyptus, cloves, and rosemary.

Repair furniture scratches

Rub a bit of cinnamon on furniture scuffs and scratches to help erase them.

Fungus prevention

You might notice whitish spots on your plants – plant fungus. Sprinkle cinnamon on the soil around the plant before you water it to help get rid of fungus.

Root regrowth

If you are trying to regrow plants from cuttings, coat the stem in cinnamon, before planting it into the soil. It will encourage growth like those rooting hormones.

Protect new seedlings

Do you have seedlings on the ground that you want to protect? Sprinkle cinnamon on the soil around them to protect them from disease and pests.


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Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Bernie’s latest e-book, FRUGAL DIY has just been released on Amazon. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and Clark.com, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.

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