Cinnamon or “Dalchini” (Hindi,Gujarati,Marathi,Punjabi), ‘Dalchina Chekka‘ in Telugu, ‘Pattai‘ in Tamil, ‘Karuvapatta‘ in Malayalam, ‘Lavana Patte‘ in Kannada, and ‘Darchini‘ in Bengali, is a spice obtained from the inner bark of the tree genus ‘Cinnamomum’ whose bark is known for the healing essential oils generated. The spice has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to cure main ailments like cancer, flu, and indigestion. The fragrant spice contains fiber, manganese, calcium, and iron and is commonly used in many food dishes. What not too many people know is that this fragrant spice also possesses properties to cure many skin, health, and hair problems.
Skin Benefits Of Cinnamon
Cinnamon contains antimicrobial properties that can benefit the skin. Find out more about how this humble spice can help purify and clear your skin without the need of expensive spa and salon treatments.
1. Cures Acne, Pimples, And Blemishes
Cinnamon helps get rid of acne and pimples on the face and body. This is done by drying the skin and bringing blood and oxygen to the outer skin surface. A simple to make recipe includes mixing three tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of cinnamon. Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave it overnight. Alternatively, leave it on for 20 minutes before washing with water. Repeat next week.
2. Soothes Dry Skin
Cinnamon helps remove dead skin cells and helps restore shine and suppleness to the skin. Make a scrub by combining sea salt, almond oil, olive oil, honey and cinnamon to fight skin dryness.
3. Complexion Enhancer
Thanks to the antifungal and antibacterial properties, cinnamon helps enhance the complexion. Puree a small banana, plain yogurt, ground cinnamon, and lemon juice and mix them in a smooth paste. Apply to a clean face and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing with lukewarm water. Relieve Eczema: Make a mixture of one teaspoon each of honey and cinnamon. Apply a thin layer of the paste on the affected areas. For best results, continue the remedy for a week.
4. Alleviates Fine Lines
Cinnamon improves blood flow and brings the oxygen and blood to the outer surface of the skin, and this causes minor plumping and a fuller complexion. Prepare the remedy by mixing a couple of drops of cinnamon essential oil and petroleum jelly and apply it all over the face, avoiding the eye area.
5. Prevents Skin Infections And Cures Cuts And Wounds
For any kind of skin infection, make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder in equal proportions and apply it to the affected area. Cinnamon is also known to cure ringworms. Moreover, to cure cuts and wounds, simply dust some cinnamon powder to kill germs and heal it quickly.
6. Treats Rough Feet
Cinnamon can soften rough and dry skin due to its rich antioxidant properties. Prepare a foot bath by mixing the juice of five lemons, a tablespoon of olive oil, a quarter cup of whole milk, half a cup of water, and two tablespoons of ground cinnamon. Soak the feet in this bath for 15 minutes for soft and smooth feet.
Hair Benefits Of Cinnamon
Since ancient days, cinnamon has been a valued spice for making hair strong and beautiful. Cinnamon ensures enhanced blood circulation in the body, which ensures hair roots and scalp to get the required nutrition, and oxygen, which leads to strong, beautiful and healthy hair.
7. Stimulates Hair Growth
Your hair will love the combination of honey and cinnamon. Use the hair mask once every week for best results. Combine a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a teaspoon of honey, a tablespoon of olive oil and an egg. Apply the mask to the hair and leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it off thoroughly with a mild shampoo.
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8. Scalp Cleanser
Cinnamon nourishes the scalp by acting like an exfoliate. A teaspoon of ground cinnamon, one tablespoon of honey and a quarter cup of warm olive oil, when mixed and massaged onto the scalp, will stimulate the cleaning. Leave the mixture on the hair for 20 minutes before washing with a normal shampoo.
9. Lightens Hair Color
If required, cinnamon can lighten the hair color. Mix equal proportions of your conditioner and cinnamon powder. Cover the entire length of the hair with the mixture. Apply the mixture evenly to avoid streaking. Brush the hair, remove all tangles and cover it with a shower cap. Leave the mixture overnight and wash the hair in the morning.
Health Benefits Of Cinnamon
Cinnamon possesses antimicrobial properties that help prevent many health disorders. The potent spice can take your health to the next level. Try incorporating the spice in your daily diet and beauty regime to reap the wonderful cinnamon benefits.
10. Reduces Cholesterol
According to research, a daily cinnamon dose of 120 milligrams to 6 grams can help in the reduction of total cholesterol levels, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL or good cholesterol levels in your body (1). By making sure that your body is low in bad cholesterol and has enough of the good type, you ensure that your heart health is improved as well, keeping various heart conditions away. This is one good reason to start sipping on cinnamon tea every day! You need to just intake one teaspoon of cinnamon a day for better health (2)!
11. Pain Reliever
Cinnamon is commonly used to treat pain as it reacts with prostaglandin that contributes to contraction and relaxation of muscle tissues.
12. Cures Cold
Cinnamon is a warming herb used to cure cold and the common flu. Cinnamon, when added to ginger tea, is an excellent cold reliever. Another remedy includes adding quarter-teaspoon if cinnamon powder to a tablespoon of honey. Consume the mixture twice a day for three days for best results.
13. Prevents Arthritis
Arthritis causes pain and swelling in the joints and cinnamon helps alleviate the symptoms. In a hot cup of water, add two spoons of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Drink the mixture twice a day to alleviate arthritic pain.
14. Aids Digestion
Cinnamon helps break down fats and thus aids digestion. Moreover, a combination of honey and cinnamon also helps cure stomach ulcers and relieve gas.
15. Heart Health
Mix cinnamon powder and honey and make a thick spread. Replace your regular jam with this and consume it daily. This will reduce the risk of heart attacks.
16. Promotes Weight Loss
Cinnamon benefits in reducing insulin resistance and triples the insulin’s capacity to metabolize blood sugar. This spice thus helps reduce hunger and sugar cravings, resulting in weight loss.
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17. Menstrual Aid
Consumption of cinnamon tea helps women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding.
18. Prevents Cancer
Cinnamon contains anti-cancer properties. Make a mixture of honey and cinnamon powder in water. Drink the concoction twice a day for three months to cure bone and stomach cancers.
19. Increases Longevity
Cinnamon is known to enhance life span. A combination of four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water, when brewed and drunk three to four times day, increases longevity.
20. Diabetes Treatment
A quarter teaspoon of cinnamon, when consumed over a period of two months, will help reduce blood sugar levels by 30 percent.
21. Treats Infertility
Cinnamon contains a nutrient called cinnamaldehyde, which is known to increase the progesterone level and decrease testosterone levels in women. The hormonal balance reduces the chances of infertility in women.
22. Prevents Neurodegenerative Diseases
Cinnamon helps reduce chronic inflammation that is associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
23. Boosts Brain Functioning
Smelling cinnamon regularly helps boost the cognitive ability and memory of the brain.
24. Breath Freshener
Cinnamon helps combat bad breath. Chewing on few cinnamon sticks or gargling with warm cinnamon water helps to get rid of bad breath effectively.
25. Fight Bacteria, Viruses, Etc.
Cinnamon can fight off viruses that cause flu and cold. It also inhibits bacterial growth, which can cause UTIs and E. coli. It is well-known as a combatant of infections such as Candida yeast infection. When you drink cinnamon tea on a regular basis, you can also fight off stomach flu and a number of hospital-acquired infections that are caused by a virus or bacteria (3).
26. Prevents IBS And Indigestion
Cinnamon is rich in an antioxidant known as catechins. This is a superb aide in digestion and prevents Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), bloating, constipation, gas, etc. (4). A cup of cinnamon tea works great to relieve discomfort, especially if you eat rich foods.
27. Improves Colon Health
According to research, cinnamon helps immensely in improving the health of the colon. Therefore, it can prevent colon cancer. Its richness in antioxidants also contributes to the prevention of this life-threatening disease as well as other cancers.
28. Prevents Chronic Inflammation
Cinnamon is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation has been connected to a large number of dangerous illnesses and diseases such as Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, obesity, infertility, etc. Cinnamon tea is a delicious way to fight inflammation and protect your body from its effects that can cause these deadly health problems.
29. Controls Blood-Sugar Levels
Studies have been conducted to show how cinnamon can affect blood-sugar control in people who suffer from diabetes (5). They have shown that diabetics who were given a dose of up to 6 grams of cinnamon every day had their blood-sugar levels lowered by 18 to 29%. A cup of cinnamon tea may aid in the reduction of sugar spikes and improve the modulation of blood sugar levels.
30. Improves Circulation
Improper circulation can affect the body in various ways. It can cause varicose veins, pain in the joints, constipation, as well as a wide range of other health problems. Cinnamon tea can warm the body naturally, and this helps in increasing the flow of blood all over your body (6). Therefore, it can naturally improve blood circulation. It is also a natural blood thinner, which is another reason you should switch to drinking cinnamon tea regularly.
31. Stimulates Memory And Alertness
According to research, cinnamon may have a positive effect on cognition, alertness, and memory. Memory recall and response time can be improved with the intake of cinnamon. If you have work overload, drinking a cup of cinnamon tea can help you stay relaxed yet focused. While more research is required to prove this, it would not hurt you to drink some soothing cinnamon tea when you need to be alert and focused.
32. Relieves Insomnia
Nowadays, it is not only adults who suffer from insomnia; many children do too. What you need is a great natural remedy to promote good sleep every night. There is nothing better than a glass of hot cinnamon milk to help you sleep well.
Tips For Usage/ Cooking
Recipes For Cinnamon Milk
Making cinnamon milk is easy. There is no fuss or mess!
You Will Need
- Milk – 1 cup
- Cinnamon stick – 1 (you can use a teaspoon of cinnamon powder as well, but it does not dissolve and can cause discomfort inside the throat)
- Honey – 1 teaspoon
- The first thing you need to do is heat the cup of milk in a pan until it has almost boiled.
- Once it is nice and hot, add your cinnamon stick after pouring the milk into a cup.
- Cover the cup and let it steep for 10 minutes or so. Lastly, add the honey to taste.
- Children prefer cinnamon milk with a bit of honey as it adds sweetness to it; most adults prefer it without the honey.
There is another cinnamon milk recipe that you can try out.
You will need
- Almond milk – 2 cups
- Local honey – 1 tablespoon
- Cinnamon stick – 1
- Ground turmeric – 1 teaspoon
- Coconut oil – 1 tablespoon (optional)
- Grated ginger and black pepper – one pinch each
All you need to do is mix all the ingredients together and bring to a boil for 5 to 7 minutes, until you get a lovely golden yellow color.
Has this convinced you to add cinnamon to your weekly beauty regimen and diet? Do try to and leave us a comment below to know if cinnamon helped you.