cinnamon

When I changed Hello Dollface from a beauty blog about everything beauty, I wanted to focus on natural beauty and non toxic beauty. But my journey has also led me to discovering a lot about health and wellness. I definitely don’t know everything and am no expert but I like that we can learn together. For example, did you know about the benefits of cinnamon?

I used to use cinnamon here and there, in baking and maybe sprinkled on toast. What I didn’t know until recently was that cinnamon is a serious rock star! Cinnamon is so good for you, it does all kind of amazing things from fighting disease to lowering blood pressure. If you aren’t using cinnamon in your daily diet, here is why you should start now.

Cinnamon:

Helps control blood sugar

Is a natural anti-bacterial

Increases blood circulation

Food preservative

Kills bacteria that creates odor

Helps memory

Reduces symptoms of IBS

Rids harmful mouth bacteria

Helps the pain of arthritis

Has anti-oxidant properties

Fights cancer cells

Cinnamon oil can help treat pimples

Lowers cholesterol

Eliminates headaches just by smelling it

Contains nutrients like iron and calcium

Helps with colds, sore throats

Warming agent, ideal for massage

Anti-fungal

 

Cinnamon trees grow  in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, and Egypt. The magical powers of cinnamon-harking back to thousands of years ago- come from the oils found in the bark of the tree. Cinnamon is found in the form of sticks, oils and the ground cinnamon we find at the grocery store.  Two types of cinnamon are available- Cassia and Ceylon. These both come from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees. 

What you (and I) have sitting on our shelves is a less expensive variety of cinnamon called Cassia. This cinnamon is very strong. The other kind of cinnamon is called Ceylon and is considered a bit finer and more sweet with a complex flavor. Starbucks uses Cassia cinnamon, just to give you a reference. 

The coumarin (blood thinning property) levels in Ceylon cinnamon is very small, while that in Cassia cinnamon is much higher. Pregnant women should use caution as should those with diabetes. Coumarin is also found the plants of celery, chamomile, sweet clover, and parsley so always use caution when ingesting a large amount of these.

The ideal dose for health benefits is ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon daily. I like mine with a spoonful of raw honey. 

You will want to use powdered/ground cinnamon to eat and save Cinnamon Essential Oil as more of a topical application or aromatherapy and always use it with carrier oils like jojoba, sweet almond or avocado. 

Do you use Cinnamon on a daily basis? Will you start now?