The Power of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is beneficial for gardens and heath.

Cinnamon is excellent as a repellent, rooting agent, and anti-fungal… (1)
  • It’s a great rooting agent for your plants:
    • Transplants especially need rooting agents. Put a teaspoon in a wet paper towel and wrap it around your seedling’s roots then plant it (not cloth-like paper, cheap brands break down better).
    • Use it occasionally when watering to replenish the cinnamon. Just mix it in hot water, boil it if you want, then let it cool, strain it (if you want), and water your plants with it.
    • It’s also beneficial for plants in shock from transplanting or critters scurrying about in the soil and loosening the roots.
  • It’s a great anti-fungal agent for your plants:
    • It wards off slime, mushrooms, and other fungi which slugs love, so you’ll also be rid of those nasty creatures.
  • It’s great for repelling ants and squirrels:
    • Just sprinkle a good amount of ground cinnamon where pests like to go, inside and outside.
    • If you like the smell of cinnamon, you’ll love using it in your home, your shop, and your garden.

Name brands aren’t necessarily important when it comes to using cinnamon in your garden.

  • You don’t need to pay high prices for ground cinnamon, just get the cheaper brands for gardening and pest control, or even for cooking.
  • The Dollar General and stores like it have cheap brands, as little as $1.00 for the same sized bottle as most name brands.
  • If you prefer to buy in bulk, you’ll need to look elsewhere, dollar stores do not usually sell commercial bulk items.

However, true cinnamon (Ceylon) is more beneficial than the more common form (Cassia) we see in stores. Ceylon is more expensive and is more difficult to acquire, but, some health food stores may sell it. Search for it online if you prefer to have it rather than the Cassia form and you cannot find it in your local health food stores (1).

Question: How does cinnamon get its flavor and odor?
Answer: Cinnamaldehyde.
“The distinct smell and flavor of cinnamon are due to the oily part, which is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde”…

Cinnamaldehyde is the aldehyde that gives cinnamon its flavor and odor. Cinnamaldehyde occurs naturally in the bark of cinnamon trees and other species of the genus Cinnamomum like camphor and cassia. These trees are the natural source of cinnamon, and the essential oil of cinnamon bark is about 90% cinnamaldehyde (1).

Cinnamaldehyde is also used as a fungicide. Proven effective on over 40 different crops, cinnamaldehyde is typically applied to the root systems of plants. Its low toxicity and well-known properties make it ideal for agriculture. To a lesser extent, cinnamaldehyde is an effective insecticide, and its scent is also known to repel animals like cats and dogs. Cinnamaldehyde is also known as a corrosion inhibitor for steel and other ferrous alloys in corrosive fluids. It can be used in combination with additional components such as dispersing agents, solvents, and other surfactants (2 [Description]).

Cinnamon also has health benefits(1)
  • It is an anti-inflammatory
  • Aids in removing toxins
  • Increases Metabolism
  • Helps lower blood sugar
  • Improves insulin sensitivity
  • Beneficial for heart disease
  • It may possibly even be beneficial for people with neurodegenerative diseases

On the downside, due to its high irritative compounds, some humans have ‘allergies’ to cinnamon and should never ingest it, breath it, or wear it.

Symptoms of exposure to this compound may include inflammation and erosion of gastrointestinal mucosa. The vapor or mist causes irritation of the eyes, mucous membranes, and upper respiratory tract. ACUTE/CHRONIC HAZARDS: This chemical may be harmful by inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption. It may cause irritation of the skin, eyes, upper respiratory tract, and mucous membranes (3 [12.1.3]).

So, if you are allergic but want to use it in your garden, take extra precautions to protect your skin, airways, and eyes.

All in all, cinnamon (Ceylon or Cassia) is beneficial to use in the garden, in buildings, and for healthier diets as long (as it is in moderation and you’re not allergic to it).

Hope you found this tidbit of information beneficial.


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