With the holidays just around the corner, your home is most likely starting to smell like the delicious aromas of the season, including the delectable aroma of cinnamon. Whether it’s from candles or cookies, the smell the cinnamon is intoxicating. But cinnamon has many other beneficial properties that go beyond just making your home smell great. And these properties can actually benefit your health too!
Cinnamon has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to help with things as common as the flu or indigestion. Within its bark are healing properties including high antioxidant values as well as antimicrobial properties promising inhibitory activity even at low concentration, making it one of the best essential oils to have in your collection.
But besides the many health benefits, cinnamon essential oil also has lots of beauty benefits.
Natural Lip Plumper
Cinnamon essential oil is a fantastic natural lip plumper if you prefer fuller and more luscious lips. Just dab some diluted cinnamon essential oil onto your lips and voilà! Naturally plump lips! You’ll feel a tingling sensation almost immediately because of the natural stimulating properties of cinnamon.
If you suffer from bad breath, cinnamon essential oil may be you new best friend. In various studies, cinnamon essential oil has been found to kill gram negative bacteria, the type of bacteria that causes bad breath (halitosis). Keep your eyes open for an upcoming blog post on how you can use cinnamon essential oil in your daily dental routine.
Cinnamon is also beneficial for acne prone skin due to its antimicrobial activities. You can even make your own cinnamon facial mask at home that will fight off acne and hydrate your skin. Here’s a great DIY recipe to try out at home:
Honey Cinnamon Face Mask
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp clove powder
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, then apply the mask to clean skin. Leave on skin for approximately 10-15 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water, gently rinsing in circular motions. Moisturize. Apply weekly if needed.
Warning: Because cinnamon is stimulating and increases micro-circulation on the surface of the skin, sensitive skin types should take precaution when using this DIY recipe. When removing mask, ensure that eyes are completely closed to reduce the chance of the mask from entering the eyes. If this occurs, flush eyes with copious amount of clean water and seek medical attention if discomfort occurs.