Cinnamon Oil is Antiseptic

 
Here’s an interesting one: essential oils have antiseptic properties and have such medical uses as hand cleaners in physicians offices to preventing post surgical infections (rather than antibiotics) in hospitals. Intrigued, I googled around on the subject and found a few additional recipes to the Thieves Oil discussed in the Time’s article. I made one up using lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus and tea tree oils (12 drops or so each/ 4oz of water in a mister bottle) that I use as a hand sanitizer in my clinic.
The one I made also seems to be keeping the ants out of the kitchen. I mist the counters with the spray. Last year someone some recommended cinnamon for ants, so i got a few 12″ sticks and placed them around the kitchen where the ants hang out. It seemed to reduce the population markedly. I got the idea of using the spray from my eco-exterminator who says wintergreen, thyme and rosemary deter insects, especially ants.
Here’s a link to the NY Time’s article about cinnamon oil’s antiseptic uses:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/08/health/08real.html?_r=1&scp;=1&sq;=%20The%20Claim:%20Cinnamon%20Oil%20Kills%20Bacteria.%20By%20ANAHAD%20O%92CONNOR&st;=cse
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Here’s a video from NBC that shows how to easily make the thieves oil discussed in the Times article:
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/station/as-seen-on/Hand_Sanitizer_-_The_Home_Version_New_York.html
Below is an abstract of one of the studies cited in the Times article.

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