Not the one you’re thinking of.. I was inspired to look up benefits of cinnamon after watching “The Doctor’s” on TV the other day… They were talking about how harmful the cinnamon challenge is to people, and there was a horror story from a girl who asphyxiated on the cinnamon and almost died; she was holding back tears talking about how she couldn’t breathe and didn’t know what to do… DUNCE! I was laughing anyways…
So I thought that in loo (I don’t think that’s the right loo that I’m looking to use but whatever it works for now) of the dangers of swallowing a tablespoon of cinnamon, there are benefits of the spice, and I’m going to tell you alllll about it.
Cinnamon has antimicrobial benefits (woop woop!) meaning that it can kill the microbes that cause acne or clogged pores. So your pimples can do the cinnamon challenge and die. By mixing a little honey with cinnamon and applying it to a pimple you will not only dry the pimple out but also nourish the skin with the honey and cause blood and oxygen to flow to the surface to help attack the bacteria in the pimple. These antimicrobial properties not only help your pimples but also your cuts. If you have an open wound, clean it then sprinkle a tiny bit of cinnamon on it to again pull the oxygen and the blood to the surface, allowing your body to quickly fix the area, as well as killing the bad microbes itself. It will also help infection from growing in that area.
Cinnamon will be found in spas in the form of essential oils used in aromatherapy treatments. Not only does this smell soothe and relax you, but it also improves memory function, eases anxiety and also helps to sharpen your cognitive skills (hand-eye coordination, memory, basically the process of thought). As the cinnamon oils have a warming effect, they help to relax tense and sore muscles. The warming is the blood flow increasing (not for those with high blood pressure) to stimulate circulation which is excellent for waste removal in your body, and is excellent to wear down cellulite ;). This increased blood flow also helps to plump, so used over time on wrinkles or lips will help to plump the lips and lessen the look of wrinkles or fine lines.
Antioxidants!!! Wahoo! Antioxidants are found in high levels in cinnamon. These help to prevent damage in the skin in the future from free radicals.
If you would like to try a face mask with cinnamon it’s super easy! Add milk with cinnamon (about 1 cup of milk with 1 cinnamon stick) to a sauce pan and heat for 5 minutes but do not boil. Remove from heat and stir in a tablespoon of honey (the more natural the better!) Pour the mixture into a bowl removing the cinnamon stick and let cool until lukewarm. Brush onto your skin to create a nice even layer (you could try with your hands but I feel a mess coming!) and leave on for 5-10 minutes but no longer than that. The milk will of course use lactic acid to lightly exfoliate and smooth out the skin, and the cinnamon, well I just went over all that. Your skin should be feel clear and soft when you remove the mask. Not for those with sensitive skin! (sorry :[ )
Lastly, I just want to say that cinnamon CAN CAUSE IRRITATION because it does increase blood flow and is such a strong astringent. Cinnamon oil especially should be “watered down” with another oil as direct contact of a pure solution can cause irritation and burning to the skin, especially the face. So don’t try and be a hero.
Let me know what cha think about cinnamon!