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Cinnamon has been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to relieve pain and disease, such as cold or indigestion. This scented spice contains calcium, fiber, iron and magnesium, and its peel contains essential healing oils. Combined with other natural ingredients such as olive oil and brown sugar, for example, give an ideal skin blend.
Cinnamon is the flavor that makes any coffee, cake, candy or tea delicious. But besides the delight in the kitchen, this magical spice makes miracles and … outside!
Due to its high calcium, iron, magnesium and fiber content, cinnamon, used in its spice form or essential oil, has many benefits for beauty, being a true “natural cosmetic” product!
The sweet, spicy scent of cinnamon is one of our favorite winter fragrances, but it’s more than just a scent or a topping for a latte. Cinnamon is also a powerful beauty ingredient with plenty of benefits for your hair, skin and health.
The fragrant spice contains calcium, fiber, iron and manganese, and within its bark are healing essential oils. When organic ground cinnamon is combined with ingredients such as olive oil and brown sugar, it can make for quite the homemade beauty recipe. Here are some surprising uses for cinnamon:
- Lip plumper. Simply apply a little Vaseline onto your lips and gently pat a pinch of cinnamon on top. Rub the mixture on for a few seconds and then allow it to sit for a minute. Add another coat of Vaseline and you’ll have much fuller lips.
- Anti acne face mask. Mix cinnamon and honey. The cinnamon will stop the acne-causing bacteria, and the honey will work to reduce redness and restore moisture. Leave on for about ten minutes (or until it starts to burn), then wash off and pat face dry.
- Hair treatment. One way to stimulate hair growth is by using a weekly cinnamon mask. Mix two tablespoons of cinnamon and honey into a half cup of warm olive oil. Add one egg to thicken the mask. Comb the solution through wet hair and set for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash out with a shampoo.
- Skin scrub. No one likes to walk around with “alligator skin.” To slough away dead skin cells and restore shine and softness, consider this do-it-yourself scrub made out of sea salt, almond oil, olive oil, honey and ground cinnamon.
- Breath freshener. Got bad breath? Chew on a few cinnamon sticks or gargle with warm cinnamon water to sweeten things up.
- Heals minor injuries. Antiseptic cinnamon acts on bacteria and helps heal wounds and traces.
- Anti-cellulite treatment. Add cinnamon to your daily diet to purify your skin and get rid of cellulite. Mix a drop or two of cinnamon essential oil in 2 tbsp of coconut oil and massage over cellulite-infected areas daily to see results.
- Home made bronzer. Mix a spoonful of cinnamon and a teaspoon of baby powder to add a little moisturizing cream. Mix until you get the desired shade and, using a brush, apply self-tanning obtained all over your face, or as a blush-cream. If you want to ‘tan’ all over your body, use larger amounts of ‘ingredients.
If you’re allergic to cinnamon please do not apply it on your skin or consume it in your food. To see if it’s safe for your skin, use a test patch in your inner elbow. Rub a small amount of cinnamon mixed in honey onto your inner elbow. If you see any signs of irritation such as redness, burning and severe itching, immediately rinse off with cold water and do not use it on your skin.