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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

#COOKING WITH CLORIS--SPICE UP YOUR HOME AND BODY WITH CINNAMON

Two weeks ago I wrote about various clever ideas for using orange peelsToday I have some suggestions for spicing up your life with cinnamon, a very versatile spice that’s not just for baking snickerdoodles and apple pie.

Just as orange peel can be used as a natural insect repellant, cinnamon, combined with a couple of other spices, can be used as a natural moth repellant.

Natural Moth Repellant
You’ll need small sachet bags (available at craft stores), 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 cup whole cloves,1/2 cup black peppercorns.

Mix cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns together. Fill sachet bags. Hang bags in closet or place in dresser drawers.

Natural Athlete’s Foot Soother
Did you know cinnamon is an antimicrobial? If you’re plagued with athlete’s foot, boil ten sticks in a quart of water. Allow to cool. Soak your feet for twenty minutes. Dry completely.

Natural Hair Therapy
Cinnamon also increases blood flow. Some people believe it helps stimulate hair growth. To give your hair a boost, mix together 1/4 cup honey with 1/4 cup cinnamon. Apply to your scalp and allow to sit for fifteen minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Natural Furniture and Floor Repair
You can use cinnamon to hide scuffs in wooden floors and furniture. Just use a cotton swab to rub some ground cinnamon into the scratch marks.

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