On the left are the Jameson toothpicks, and in the middle are the cinnamon ones. Be sure to keep the oil, as you can use it again and again as long as it lasts (eventually it will all be soaked up by the toothpicks). I used an old Mentos Gum case and mixed up the flavors (except for the cinnamon — that sucker burned the second it touched my lips!) so that I’d have a nice little surprise flavor every time. The Jameson was actually the weakest flavor of the bunch. For any non-concentrated liquid, I think you’ll have to let it soak for a while longer.
I was closer to 24 hours than 48, so maybe that extra day would have made a difference. As I already noted, the cinnamon flavor actually burned quite a bit, almost the instant it hit my lips. I even let them dry longer to get more of the oil off, but it was no different, and I ended up discarding them. The peppermint was definitely my favorite, and the orange was good too, albeit a little more subtle. Go crazy with flavors — you can get tea tree, clove, apple, etc. We weren’t allowed to take them to school because someone might “hurt themselves,” which made them all the more precious.
Soaked in fiery cinnamon, sucking on one of these toothpicks was kind of like eating red hots, without all the chemicals and nasty dyes. I decided, since I have pure, therapeutic-grade cinnamon essential oil, that I would take a shot at making my own batch of “Fire Sticks.” They turned out really well, so when my daughter, Jessica, walked into the room, I asked her if she wanted to try one. She looked at me with a blank stare, “You want me to try a toothpick?” “Well, I don’t want you to take a bite out of it, if that’s what you mean!” She put one in her mouth and looked a little surprised. “That’s really good!” How have my children gotten through life without ever having tried a Fire Stick? I decided I’m putting them in the gift baskets I’m making this Christmas. 100 plain, round, wooden toothpicks 15-20 drops of Young Living Vitality Cinnamon essential oil 2 T. vodka or Pure Vanilla Extract ( not imitation) (if using the vodka option, 1 drop liquid Stevia will sweeten it up) 1 glass jar. Blend together alcohol, essential oil, and Stevia and sprinkle directly on top of the toothpicks. Seal the jar, and distribute the mixture over the toothpicks by shaking. Store in a dark place for at least 48 hours, shaking the jar several times a day. Once the sticks have been thoroughly infused, remove them from liquid and lay them on a paper towel to dry. Essential oil-based products (and all food products) are best stored in glass. But, for my gift baskets, I like to put them in mini paper envelopes or muslin drawstring bags (found at craft stores). You could also use glass tubes with corks, which are super cute. You can order those HERE: Interesting Facts about Cinnamon: Historically, the power and pleasure of cinnamon has been used in many cultures for various natural benefits. It is believed that cinnamon supports the normal secretion of breast milk. In addition, a water-soluble polyphenol compound called MHCP is abundant in cinnamon. Cinnamon Bark essential oil promotes a healthy immune response, and helps maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen*. Cinnamon has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a spice, and provides a spicy and delicious addition when cooking or baking. This oil includes the naturally occurring constituent cinnamaldehyde, and is an important ingredient in many Young Living products including Thieves®, Abundance™, and Inner Defense™.
If cinnamon isn’t your thing, you could use Young Living’s Vitality peppermint, spearmint, Thieves, fennel, orange, lemon, or whatever your favorite tasting oil is! *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We are family-owned and operated, located at 1962 West State Street in Bristol, Tennessee. Whatever you need for your pet, we’ve got you covered. We stock only the best food and treats for dogs and cats, including holistic, grain-free, and natural choices. Of course, we have all of your favorite brands for everything else you could want as well: toys, collars, leashes, beds, crates, and more! We stock food and supplies for your scaly and feathered ones too!
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