Fall in Love with Cinnamon

When it comes to cinnamon – what’s not to love? This potent spice can be used in both sweet and savory dishes and can be used to heal acne topically and internally, although I think the later is the most effective.

Cinnamon is naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and an antioxidant. When consumed, cinnamon can decrease internal inflammation and also acts as a blood sugar stabilizer, and as we know from my last post, elevated blood sugar levels almost always means acne.

I like to use cinnamon as much as I can in my cooking. Below is my favorite smoothie combination I drink almost daily that has not only helped me treat acne but also enabled me to maintain a mostly clear complexion.

 

SKIN RADIANCE SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

+ 1 cup coconut water

+ 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

+ 1 cup baby spinach

+ ½ avocado

+ 1 scoop @parsleyhealth vegan protein powder

+ 1 teaspoon @moonjuiceshop beauty dust

+ ½ teaspoon cinnamon

 

Blend altogether on high speed.

 

CINNAMON TEA

Another way I use cinnamon is a nightly cup of cinnamon tea.

+ Crush 2 cinnamon sticks

+ Add 1.5 cups water to pot

 

+ Bring to the boil on the stove.

+ Once boiled, turn off the stove.

+ Cover the pot and let it steep for 15mins.

If your blood sugar levels are all over the place, you can do this morning + night. Makes 1 cup.

 

Adding cinnamon to curries, sprinkling over baked root vegetables, adding to soups and even mixed into rice or quinoa, cinnamon is something I have been using long term and I believe it is a major contributing factor to the healing of my skin. One thing about it is that it is a heating spice meaning it heats the body up so, during summer I usually add ½ teaspoon to my smoothies and withdrawal from using it elsewhere in my diet as I am someone who heats up easily. Come winter – I bring it back in to everything!

 

If you are experiencing spot breakouts, applying cinnamon topically can be helpful although for me – I found it was a little too “burny” for my sensitive skin. Try a test patch on your inner upper arm before proceeding if you do decide to try this natural spot cream.

 

SPOT CREAM:

+ 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

+ 3 teaspoons of raw, manuka honey

 

Mix altogether and apply with a cotton bud to skin legions.