How to Use Cinnamon in Organic Gardening

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Human civilization has been using cinnamon for at least 4 thousand years. Egyptians imported cinnamon in 2000 BCE. Egyptians used cinnamon to embalm mummies. They prized cinnamon so much that they even offered it to the monarchs and deities. The first reference to cinnamon in Greek civilization is the 7th century BC poem. Greeks offered connamon to the rules and temples. Today, even though cinnamon is still a prized spice, it is available easily. Thanks to the commercial plantation in India, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc.

Cinnamon is basically used as a taste enhancer and aromatic condiment in varieties of dishes. However, cinnamon is also used in herbal/natural healing. Researches have established that cinnamon is highly beneficial in diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV, multiple sclerosis, fungal infections, chronic wounds, digestive issue etc.

Apart from flavoring and aromatic agent in food, cinnamon is also a herb used in various conditions. However, not all people know about another use of cinnamon. Cinnamon can be used in many ways in gardening, from a natural fungicide to a rooting hormone.

If you love cinnamon and if you enjoy gardening, here are some interesting ways to use cinnamon in your garden.

Cinnamon as a Fungicide: You can use cinnamon to make your own natural fungicide. Cinnamon is very effective in killing the fungus. In order to make cinnamon fungicide add one tablespoon of cinnamon powder, 1 crushed aspirin in a half liters of water and let it mix well for 24 hours, then strain the mixture, fill the content in a sprayer and spray in the affected plants. You can add a few drops of vegetable oil or dishwashing soap in the mixture to make the spray stick to the affected areas in the plant.

Cinnamon as an insect repellent: Some people are so much fund of cinnamon that they use it as an insect repellent. All you have to do is add one spoon of cinnamon powder in your body lotion and apply on your body. Since cinnamon is an effective insect repellent, you can also use cinnamon to control pests.  You can sprinkle cinnamon dust on your gardening soil and plant leaves or spray cinnamon water in the plants. Cinnamon does not kill pests and insects, but they will deter ants, flies, bugs, worms from the plants.

Cinnamon kills wild and poisonous mushroom: If a lot of wild mushrooms grow in your garden, which you think can be poisonous, you can sprinkle cinnamon powder on these mushrooms. Cinnamon kills mushrooms.

Protects seedlings: Since cinnamon has an anti-fungal property and it repels insects and bugs, you can use cinnamon to protect your seedlings from fungus, pests, insects and other diseases.

Cinnamon as a rooting hormone: Dip your cutting in cinnamon water over night before planting, the mixture will stimulate root growth.

Cinnamon heals plants wounds: If you wound your plants while pruning, just sprinkle cinnamon powder on the cuts. This will not only heal the cuts but also protects the plant from disease and infections.

Author: Chelsea Bobby

A hobbyist blogger


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