How to Use Cinnamon Sticks: Surprising Tips & Ideas

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Cinnamon is a well-known spice, but you might not know that its uses go far beyond the kitchen. We’ll look at how to use cinnamon sticks like you never have before.

The cinnamon we all know and love is actually tree bark from members of the Cinnamomum genus. There are over 250 species of cinnamon, though only two are typically cultivated and harvested for culinary use: Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum. The majority of cinnamon you’ll find in the grocery store is a mixture of different types of cassia cinnamon because it’s generally less expensive. Ceylon cinnamon is known as the crème de la crème of cinnamon, which is why it has a higher price tag.

One trick to figure out which type of cinnamon stick you have is by taking a closer look at it. Ceylon cinnamon has a light brown color, and is thin and papery, forming multiple layers when rolled up. Cassia cinnamon, on the other hand, is a more reddish brown color, and has very few, thicker layers.

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3 Ways to Use Cinnamon Sticks for Their Scent

When combined together, these spices create a warm and inviting aroma.
When combined together, these spices create a warm and inviting aroma. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / PublicDomainPictures)
  1. Stovetop Potpourri: If you’re having company over, or just want your house to smell like cinnamon rolls are baking, you can use cinnamon sticks to create that warm and inviting atmosphere. Simply boil some water in a pot on the stove, drop in a few cinnamon sticks and let it brew. An added bonus is that you can drink it as cinnamon tea afterward!
  2. Create a Scented Wreath: Calling all the crafty people out there! This unique decorative item looks beautifully festive and smells heavenly. It works as both fall and winter decor, and you can jazz it up even further with cloves, dried orange slices, or star anise.
  3. Car Air Freshener: If your car has started to have that musty car smell and you don’t want to use one of those chemically scented pine trees, try using cinnamon sticks! Simply break a few cinnamon sticks in half, add them to a small satchel, and hang it from your rearview mirror.

Infuse Hot Beverages

Cinnamon sticks can add a beautiful and subtle scent to hot beverages.
Cinnamon sticks can add a beautiful and subtle scent to hot beverages. (Foto: CC0 / Unsplash / Taryn Elliott)

While it might not be the most surprising use, you can use cinnamon sticks as a stir stick for your hot beverages to add an extra kick of flavor. This works for coffee, tea, and even hot chocolate! Of course you can also use cinnamon sticks in hot beverages like gluhwein, gluh gin and chai lattes.

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Treat Athlete’s Foot With Cinnamon Sticks

Soaking your feet in a cinnamon stick brew may help clear up foot fungus.
Soaking your feet in a cinnamon stick brew may help clear up foot fungus. (Foto: CC0 / Unsplash / Rune Enstad)

Cinnamon has long been known for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, which is why it is such a popular ingredient in natural medicine. If you find yourself suffering from athlete’s foot, use a cinnamon stick foot soak to help clear it up.

Simply boil some cinnamon sticks in water on the stove, allow it to cool, and soak your feet in the liquid for a few minutes each night until the infection goes away.

How to Use Cinnamon Sticks to Repel Insects

Clothes moths can wreak havoc on your wardrobe. Keep them away with cinnamon sticks!
Clothes moths can wreak havoc on your wardrobe. Keep them away with cinnamon sticks! (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / leks)

While most humans love the smell of cinnamon, there are a few insects that really don’t enjoy it. Use this to your advantage!

Moths: Skip the moths balls and add a few cinnamon sticks to your closet instead. By combining cinnamon with black peppercorns and cloves, you’ll be able to repel moths and keep your clothing safe.

Ants: These little insects can be a nuisance in the home – it’s not uncommon to find them in the spring and summer all over your house. If you happen to notice an area with an ant infestation, you can place some cinnamon sticks along their route, or you can grind up the cinnamon and do the same. Ants aren’t fans of the aroma, and will do their best to avoid it.

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