There are so many reason why I love Cinnamon! Cinnamon has been used for many years for various medicinal purposes including for skin disorders. One great thing about cinnamon is there are so many ways to use it – cinnamon oil, powder, mask, etc.
Cinnamon is proving to be a spice that not only adds flavor to your dishes but can also cure many infections and diseases. There are several researches being conducted all over the world about the benefits of cinnamon for diabetes, hair loss, cholesterol, memory, arthritis, skin and more. A topical application of cinnamon with honey is said to get rid of pimples, ringworms, eczema and other skin infections.
Cinnamon essential oil is often used in aromatherapy and it combines well with lemon, lavender, cardamom, geranium and rosemary essential oils. Cinnamon essential oil can be used as a massage oil to cure arthritis, general pain and more.
Cinnamon Benefits for the Skin
Cinnamon is said to improve fine lines by plumping the skin. This means that using cinnamon can stimulate blood vessels and bring blood to the surface of the skin. Use a mixture of 3 drops essential oil of cinnamon and 2 tbsp olive oil or petroleum jelly. Apply this mixture to fine lines on the skin, taking care to avoid the eyes. The skin soon plumps out and fine lines become less visible. This can even be done to plump up lips and can be used as an alternate to lip gloss.
Cleanses the Scalp
Cinnamon can also be used to nourish the scalp. Make a paste using 1 tsp ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp warm olive oil and 1 tbsp honey. Massage this into the scalp and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off after this using a normal shampoo. Cinnamon acts like an exfoliating agent to stimulate the scalp and provide nourishment to hair follicles.
Treatment for Eczema
Eczema can be a very irritating skin condition that leaves behind light colored patches. Some people have found that using 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp honey on these patches could provide relief. However, this paste must not be used on the face for it can cause irritation. You are advised to perform a skin test before using cinnamon paste on the skin.
Treatment for Acne
Cinnamon is said to help with treatment of acne and pimples. Mix 1 tbsp cinnamon powder and 3 tbsp honey and apply this on pimples. Leave this paste overnight or for 20 minutes before washing with warm water. Acne scars could dry out and skin could get rejuvenated. This paste can also de-clog pores and bring oxygen and blood to the surface. However, this must not be used more than once a week since it could cause skin irritation.
Cinnamon has antiseptic properties. If you have an open cut or wound, just dust a pinch of cinnamon over it. Bacteria will be killed and the wound heals faster.
Reduce signs of aging
Cinnamon used on the skin seems to increase collagen levels for up to six hours after it is applied. Breakdown of collagen causes the skin to lose elasticity and increases signs of aging. Cinnamon seems to increase collage expression on the skin through cinnamaldehyde, its main chemical component. This is able to activate growth factors IGF-1 and improve collagen expression. Topically cinnamon creams could be used.
As a massage Oil
Cinnamon oil improves blood circulation. By using this essential oil for massages, the nutrients in the skin increases and this improves the tone of the skin. Cinnamon oil made from the leaves must only be used on the skin. Oil made using cinnamon bark usually causes allergic reactions.
Other benefits to the skin
Cinnamon included in foods can also improve skin tone. For example, add a tablespoon cinnamon to various foods in a day can provide us with a good source of fiber. This eliminates waste products from the body. Flushing out toxins prevents them from clogging the skin and improves skin tone. Drinking a smoothie with a dash of cinnamon powder can fight against bacteria which cause acne and other skin conditions.
Cinnamon powder and cinnamon oil have been found to offer anti-parasitic, antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties according to animal and test tube studies. Cinnamon could be used to fight vaginal and oral yeast infections caused by the Candida Albicans fungus. It could also be used to get rid of head lice.
Ways to use Cinnamon for Skin
Here are some ways to use cinnamon and other ingredients for the skin.
Cinnamon-Nutmeg Body Wash
If you are feeling fatigued, you can try this body wash to recharge your body and make you feel fresh and look younger. Make this inexpensive, rejuvenating wash using 6 teaspoons each of ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon. Filter this, pour it into a warm bath and soak in this until the water cools. Use the same water to wash your face too. Soak for 10 minutes a day and feel the difference.
Combine together the following ingredients and use them as a scrub.
- Cinnamon essential oil – 2-3 drops (optional)
- Ground coffee – 2 cups
- Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp
- Sea Salt or raw sugar – ½ cup
- Almond oil or any other light essential oil – 2-3 tbsp
Cinnamon-Honey-Nutmeg Face Mask
This face mask can be used to treat acne. It can be used twice a week but with caution. The benefits are got from all three products. Honey offers antimicrobial benefits and can fight acne caused by microbes. It is also soothing to the skin and is a natural antioxidant. Nutmeg reduces inflammation and redness caused by acne. It can dry out acne and is a safe topical acne treatment similar to salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Cinnamon can dry out pimples and plump the skin by bringing oxygen and blood to the surface and unclog and open pores by removing excess oil from the skin’s surface.
For the mask, mix together:
- Cinnamon – 1tbsp
- Raw organic honey – ¼ cup
- Nutmeg – 2 tbsp
BUT DID YOU KNOW: Cinnamon Helps Aid in Weight Loss too!
#1: Controls insulin levels
Cinnamon has the unique ability to imitate the activity of insulin in the body. For those who are unfamiliar with the process of glucose metabolism, insulin is the chemical that helps your body regulate its levels of blood sugar (glucose). People who are more familiar with conditions like diabetes know that maintaining a blood sugar level is important as spikes that are either too high or too low can be dangerous for patients, especially. Even within non-diabetics, increased blood sugar levels can be problematic because they cause excess fat to be stored, making it harder for people to maintain or lose weight. Cinnamon helps regulate your levels so this excess fat does not build up.
#2: Decreases blood sugar
For the reasons mentioned above, maintaining a regulated blood sugar level is important for weight loss. Cinnamon can help do this by controlling insulin quantities as well as directly act on the blood sugar itself. A study has even shown that adding cinnamon to a meal can lower its glycemic index by 18-29%. Eating lower glycemic foods is important to avoiding spikes in your blood sugar levels.
#3: Speeds metabolism
As mentioned in the discussion of how cinnamon helps control insulin levels, the spice has the ability to alter the metabolism of not only sugar, but of carbohydrates as well. Your body is better able to use your carbohydrate storage, so that they do not turn into excess fat. The consumption of cinnamon itself, also causes a metabolic reaction. Similar to when you eat hot peppers, the presence of the cinnamon in your body allows your metabolism to speed up just because it takes a little extra energy to metabolize. This boost in metabolism allows you to burn more calories and assists with weight loss in this way.
#4: Lowers LDL cholesterol
Research has also supported the idea that cinnamon can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, which is great for your heart health. Diabetic participants in a recent study showed lower LDL among other weight loss indicators like BMI when taking the given dose of cinnamon during the study period.
#5: Helps to burn belly fat
The consumption of cinnamon is said to impact abdominal fat more so than fat found in other parts of your body. This is often a problem area for many, so this is good news for those who have struggled to lose body fat. Not only does it benefit your dress or pants size, but abdominal fat is actually the most dangerous type of fat as it surrounds some of our most vital organs. For this reason, less belly fat is good for your overall health.
#6: Suppresses appetite
Cinnamon can actually slow down the process of moving food into your stomach. This is a good thing for those attempting to lose weight because this activity will help you feel full for a longer period of time. In addition, the sweet nature of cinnamon can help alleviate a sweet craving. Many times when you are on a weight loss diet, sweets are off limits, so the cinnamon can fill this void so that you do not feel tempted to reach for high calorie desserts.
How to use it
The great thing about using cinnamon for weight loss is that it is such a common spice, since it is a “superfood” every household keeps and can be added to many common foods. Here are a few ideas as to how you can incorporate cinnamon into your diet to lose weight:
• Sprinkle a teaspoon on your oatmeal or breakfast cereal
• Mix cinnamon and honey into hot water to make a tea-like concoction
• Add to your regular tea or coffee
• Mix into butters, yogurt or cheese spreads to enhance flavor
• Add into fruit juices or ciders
• Mix into a protein shake
• Take a cinnamon capsule (supplement)
As previously stated, there is no magic bullet for weight loss, especially when it comes to long lasting weight loss. Cinnamon is a great tool to keep in mind and is pretty easy to integrate into your diet, as you only need a teaspoon per day to see a difference over time. Keep in mind that the best weight loss methods always incorporate a balanced diet and exercise program, but this spice can be help you along your way.
Precautions while using cinnamon
Cinnamon oil offers many health benefits but used in concentrated form, it can also cause allergic reactions like swelling of the skin, hives, mouth sores and skin irritations in some people. Hence, people are advised to do a patch test before using cinnamon oil or to use cinnamon bark powder instead for skin infections. The irritation is often caused by eugenol and cinnamaldehyde present in cinnamon oil. This could cause convulsions and must be avoided during pregnancy. It could also be an irritant or a dermal toxin sometimes. Some people could experience allergic reactions to cinnamon oil or even develop contact dermatitis.