Cinnamon has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Ayruvedic medicine to remedy illnesses, including the flu and indigestion. The fragrant spice contains calcium, fiber, iron and manganese, and within its bark are healing essential oils. When organic ground cinnamon is combined with ingredients such as olive oil and brown sugar, it can make for quite the homemade beauty recipe.
Here are five surprising uses for cinnamon:
1. Lip plumper.
You don’t have to go the cosmetic surgery route to get a plump pout a la Angelina Jolie. Simply apply a little Vaseline onto your lips and gently pat a pinch of cinnamon on top. Rub the mixture on for a few seconds and then allow it to sit for a minute. You will feel a slight tingly sensation from the spice — never apply dry cinnamon directly to your skin as it can cause irritation. Add another coat of Vaseline and you’ll have much fuller lips.
2. Anti-acne face mask.
Get down and dirty to your pores with a homemade acne treatment made out of 3 tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Whip into a thick paste that will resemble chocolate and smooth onto your face. The cinnamon will stop the acne-causing bacteria, and the honey will work to reduce redness and restore moisture. Leave on for about ten minutes (or until it starts to burn), then wash off and pat face dry.
3. Hair growth treatment.
Hair loss can be a horrific experience no matter the cause. One way to stimulate hair growth while giving your scalp some TLC is by using a weekly cinnamon mask. (Be sure to consult with a doctor before trying this alternative treatment, especially if you have a sensitive scalp.)
Mix two tablespoons of cinnamon and honey into a half cup of warm olive oil. Add one egg to thicken the mask. Comb the solution through wet hair and set for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash out with a shampoo.
4. Breath freshener. Got bad breath? Chew on a few cinnamon sticks or gargle with warm cinnamon water to sweeten things up.
5. Dead skin remover. If you want to remove the dead layers of skin and to return its glow than you should prepare a face mask of sea salt, almond oil, honey and cinnamon.
And of course, it is great additive to pancakes and hot red wine.