Are you trying to stop smoking? What if we told you that there is a healthy, natural way to accomplish this?
Even though cinnamon toothpicks were rediscovered as an effective method against smoking in the last few years, they have actually been around for quite some time.
Cinnamon toothpicks were invented in 1949 by August T. Baden, a drugstore owner from Kansas. His invention was meant to serve as a treat for the kids in the neighborhood but became really popular in the 50’s and 60’s, helping Mr. Baden to make a fortune!
This article will tell you everything you need to know about cinnamon toothpicks and how they are beneficial to you.
Cinnamon Toothpicks Benefits
As most of us know, cinnamon is very beneficial for the human body. Its medical properties range from lowering the risk of heart disease and cancer to reducing blood sugar levels and fighting infections!
Cinnamon toothpicks also offer a number of benefits. Here are the most important ones:
1. Stop Smoking
According to experts, “flavored toothpicks can help fight the psychological symptoms of nicotine withdrawal” while trying to quit smoking.
Because people who are attempting to stop smoking often miss holding a cigarette in their hand, they’re advised to use flavored toothpicks in order to keep both the hands and mouth busy.
Cinnamon toothpicks are not only much prettier than cigarettes, but they also smell better. On top of that, they help remove the smoky smell in the mouth.
Smokers often have difficulties to get rid of this smell for good, no matter how many times they wash their mouth. Taking 2-3 cinnamon toothpicks a day should solve the problem.
2. Dental Hygiene And Fresh Breath
The toothpicks are made with cinnamon essential oil which acts as an anti-microbial agent and fights bad bacteria in the mouth. Taking cinnamon toothpicks regularly will help clean the teeth and remove the feeling of a bad taste in the mouth.
In addition, cinnamon has that beautiful fragrance which gives you a sense of freshness and helps you get rid of bad breath for good.
3. Reduce Snacking
Do you have a habit of snacking unhealthy food between meals? Or eat more than you should? If you do this, you might end up gaining weight.
Cinnamon toothpicks can help you reduce these practices. Whenever you feel the need to have a snack, just chew on cinnamon toothpick along with 1-2 glasses of water. This way, your cravings will be kept at bay and your weight will remain unchanged. Not to mention your mouth and teeth will be instantly cleaned!
How to Make Cinnamon Toothpicks at Home
Cinnamon toothpicks are available in supermarkets and online, but they’re also very easy to make at home. Here’s how.
- regular toothpicks
- a small glass jar
- 1-2 oz. cinnamon oil (You can find this last item in most of the health food stores but it is also available in some drugstores)
Method of preparation:
- Pour the cinnamon bark oil into the jar, add the toothpicks, and cover with a lid to keep the oil fresh.
- Let the toothpicks soak the cinnamon flavor overnight. You can also leave them to soak longer, but no more than 1-2 days.
- Take the toothpicks out of the glass jar and place them on a clean, non-absorbent surface such as plastic wrap or cookie sheet. Avoid using any absorbent materials such as paper towels because they’ll absorb the cinnamon oil. Leave to dry completely before use.
Storing Cinnamon Toothpicks
Whether store-bought or home-made, make sure to keep your flavored toothpicks in an airtight container in order to prevent the essential oil from evaporating.
You can also keep them in glass jars with lids, wax paper bags, lipstick holders, regular toothpick containers, or even envelopes; pretty much anything that is portable and can be kept in your bag or pocket. Just ensure that the container you decide to use is completely clean.
Cinnamon toothpicks are a great solution to get rid of some very bad habits including smoking, excessive snacking, and even nail-biting. They’re also a great natural alternative for keeping a clean mouth and fresh breath.
That’s why you should always have cinnamon toothpicks in your home. You can offer them to your family after dinner or serve them at get-togethers to make your party food better looking and extra nutritious.