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The Secret Powers of Cinnamon

Many people may undermine the health and beauty benefits of using the spice cinnamon because we commonly associate it with baking or tea brewing. has four ways on how to use the spice that could open you eyes to variety of purposes. Instead of using cinnamon only during the cold and winter seasons, like the most of us, you’ll have a different outlook on this simple yet potent ingredient.

Plump your lips

Believe it or not, cinnamon is a vital ingredient in many popular lip plumpers on the market. To plump on the fly, mix a pinch of cinnamon into your favorite gloss, balm, or a dollop of petroleum jelly. Smooth onto lips and let set for five minutes, and rinse off before applying color.

Clear your skin

Acne-prone skin has a lot to gain from the anti-inflammatory effects of cinnamon—it helps reduce redness and relax overstressed pores. In a bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of raw honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Apply to the face, leave on for ten minutes, then rinse.

Cut your cramps

During your period, or any time your stomach is in knots, ingesting cinnamon will relax tight muscles and increase circulation in the abdomen, relieving both cramps and regular indigestion-related aches. An easy way to take it? Steep black or caffeine-free rooibus tea with a cinnamon stick. Bonus: Cinnamon tea can also help lower cholesterol.

Lift your spirits

The earthy scent of cinnamon leaf oil is a potent mood enhancer. But you want to avoid applying it directly on the skin—so diffuse it instead. Try diluting ten drops cinnamon leaf oil in 1 ounce (or 6 tablespoons) of distilled water. Funnel the mixture into a pocket-size spray bottle and spritz into the air for a much-needed energy boost any time, anywhere! –

Photo: __Martine Roch

Although I’m not into lip plumpers (my lips are naturally full enough!) but I will have to try the other methods. I’ve tried honey on my skin before but will have to incorporate the teaspoon of cinnamon. This is the perfect combination for me since I have acne prone skin and experience a lot of redness with my breakouts. On the other hand I tend to drink a lot of tea because me and my boyfriend hang out at coffee houses each week and I opt for the non-coffee options. If adding a dash of cinnamon can alleviate aches and calm the stomach then this remedy will become my go to during that time of the month when I’m the most groggiest and moody.

Have you ever used cinnamon in something other than your tea? If so what do you like to use it for and how does it make you feel after using the spice? Share with us!

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