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
+ 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.
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.
+ 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
+ 3 teaspoons of raw, manuka honey
Mix altogether and apply with a cotton bud to skin legions.