Cinnamon is a spice that most of us are already familiar with — perhaps you have it in your morning coffee or your favorite bread rolls. But beyond its culinary capabilities, did you know that it also has a ton of health and beauty benefits? Cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of the “Cinnamomum” tree, which is known for being a rich source of healing essential oils. CNN has praised it for being a medical powerhouse, but it has already been used for centuries in Chinese medicine for curing ailments such as flu and indigestion. The main reason behind its numerous health benefits is its high anti-oxidant level, thanks to ingredients such as fiber, calcium, and iron.
However, it’s important to remember to consult with your doctor for any potential allergies. Foxy Bingo warns that eating an excessive amount of cinnamon can cause drying of the mouth and throat, as well as breathing difficulties if inhaled. Therefore, despite its many benefits, it’s important to consume it in moderation. Anywhere between 1 to 4 grams is a good daily amount.
We’ve previously highlighted how cinnamon is one natural way to achieve a smoother complexion here on Fashion Police Nigeria. Now, see what else cinnamon can do for your hair and skin.
It can prevent skin infections and cure cuts
A research study by the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research found that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial benefits, making it good for healing wounds. A simple paste of honey and cinnamon powder can be applied to any kind of skin infection for cleansing. For cuts, you can lightly dust some cinnamon powder above it to kill germs and speed up skin recovery process.
It can stimulate hair growth
Quickly skim the ingredients list on your shampoo bottles, and you may see that a lot of them already contain cinnamon. This is because of its potential to plump your scalp, relieve hair loss, and promote hair growth. Lifestyle author Victoria Epperly suggests creating a paste from cinnamon and using it as a hair masque to keep your tresses voluminous and bouncy.
It can cleanse and exfoliate your scalp
If you’d like to try a natural alternative, cinnamon can make a great addition to your cleansing routine and nourish your roots just as well. Start by mixing a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a tablespoon of honey, and a quarter of warm olive. Afterward, massage it onto your scalp to clean it, and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing with your shampoo.
It can clear acne and improve your complexion
Before turning to expensive dermatologists and anti-acne treatments, try turning to cinnamon first. Because of its anti-fungal benefits, cinnamon can help de-clog your pores to clear acne. There are various DIY cinnamon masks available online, but makeup blogger Michelle Phan recommends this simple combination of honey and cinnamon.
It can be used as a lip plumper
Your puckers need some tender loving care, too. Ward off flaky, dry lips by using a homemade cinnamon scrub. To do this, blend a touch of organic olive oil and a pinch of cinnamon, and rub this on your lips gently. It will leave you with instantly plumper, smoother lips. Some people have even used the same mixture to temporarily plump skin and make fine lines disappear.