Benefits of cinnamon for the body and skin!
Cinnamon comes from the bark and leaves of a shrub, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum. This shrub originated in the tropical regions of Asia near Sri Lanka and India. Today it's found in tropical areas around the world.
Cinnamon is a natural substance. It has a sharp, stimulating, invigorating scent. It has medicinal and topical benefits. It has antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.
Cinnamon is used in different forms like cinnamon oil or cinnamon powder. It's found in many products: medicines, foods, perfumes, room fresheners, mouth fresheners, pest repellents, scrubs, soaps & more.
CAUTION! Cinnamon in any form can redden, burn and blister skin if applied directly. Always dilute cinnamon before use. Even 1/2 of a drop of cinnamon oil can be enough for a full bath tub of water. Cinnamon is strong with a powerful essence. Never use cinnamon on sensitive skin. Never use it in or around sensitive areas of the body. Be wary of minor cuts or abrasions. You may want to avoid cosmetics containing cinnamon.
HEALTH BENEFITS Of CINNAMON
Relieve Cold & Flu
Boost Brain Activity
Control Blood Sugar
Improve Colon Health
Removes Blood Impurities
Stimulate Blood Circulation
Relieve Sore Muscles & Joints
Cinnamon is used for aromatherapy. Stimulate the mind. Improve memory and concentration. Decrease lethargy and tiredness. Improve bad temper or irritability. Alleviate nervous tension & anxiety.
Cinnamon oil blends with lavender, lemon, rosemary and geranium essential oils. The blended cinnamon scent can invigorate yet still relax.
CINNAMON RECIPES - Homemade Skin Care
*NOTE*: If any discomfort or irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately. Cinnamon, in any form, can be very sensitive to skin. Contact health care provider, if needed.
GET RID OF PIMPLES
Cinnamon stimulates blood circulation. It draws nutrients & oxygen to skin. Its antibacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties help to eliminate pimples.
-- Combine 2 tablespoons of organic honey with a tiny dab of organic cinnamon powder. Mix together to form a pasty texture. Dab small amount on pimple. Leave on approx. 15 minutes. ( If any discomfort occurs rinse immediately with cool water). Otherwise, rinse with warm water and gently pat dry. Continue once daily for best results.
-- Dilute 1 or 2 drops of cinnamon oil with water. Dab on pimples. Rinse with water. Pat dry. Continue regularly, once a day. Some have seen pimples fade within 10 days!
MORE HOMEMADE RECIPES
(Cleanse, Soothe, Remove Impurities)
-- MILK & CINNAMON HOMEMADE FACE MASK:
Combine 1 tablespoon of organic milk, 2 tablespoons of organic honey, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon of organic cinnamon. Mix together to form a pasty texture. Spread on face evenly, avoiding eyes and sensitive areas. Leave on 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse face with lukewarm water. Gently pat dry.
-- CINNAMON & OATMEAL HOMEMADE FACE MASK:
Combine 3 teaspoons of regular oatmeal, (unflavored), 3 teaspoons powdered milk and 1 or 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Mix together with water to form a thick paste. Add 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Blend with mixture. Apply paste evenly, in small circular motions, on face avoiding eyes and sensitive areas. Leave paste on face 2 or 3 minutes and no longer. Rinse with warm water. Gently pat dry. Add light, natural, moisturizer.
-- CINNAMON & OATMEAL BATH:
Combine 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cups powdered milk, 1/2 cup regular oatmeal, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder. Blend all ingredients together to fine powder texture. Add up to approx. 2 tablespoons of mixture to bathtub of water. Rinse well. Gently pat dry.
RELIEVE PAINFUL JOINTS
-- Add 2 drops of
diluted cinnamon essential oil to warm compress. Apply compress to
affected area. Continue 2 to 4 times daily. Ease joint pain and
inflammation. Arthritis sufferers reap benefits of cinnamon!
WORDS OF WISDOM
If you are making your own homemade skin care products make sure you know the cautions of using cinnamon, cinnamon oil and powder. Know all the cautions of using essential oils. Essential oils are potent chemicals! Never use large amounts externally or internally. Never use them straight. Always dilute in carrier oil, soap, lotion or other buffering agent. Never use without knowing what their bioactive compounds are known to do. The benefits of cinnamon are numerous but understand how it interacts with skin before using in any homemade recipes.