Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Spice that's Nice: Cinnamon!

Hello friends and happy hump day! Hope you are all surviving this work week like I am. I've been feeling tired and sluggish, but somehow I have found the energy to get up and go to work, workout, cook and clean. They all seem like daunting tasks at times, but I remind myself that this is all temporary. Speaking of cooking....

Do you guys just love cinnamon during this time of year? I know I do. I put cinnamon on my oatmeal and coffee. I have cinnamon candles at home. I have adorned all my bedrooms with cinnamon broomsticks. The list just keeps going and going. Did you guys know that cinnamon offers a bunch of health benefits? Let me tell you more...

Health Benefits of Cinnamon
1. Diabetes. Cinnamon has shown to lower and control blood sugar levels. Cinnamon also reduces triglycerides and LDL cholesterol.
2. Alzheimer's Disease. Cinnamon has shown to inhibit the formation of the proteins and filaments that are associated with the disease.
3. Anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown that compounds from cinnamon may help with inflammatory diseases.
4. Anti-microbial. Cinnamon has shown to fight off bacteria.
5. Cancer. Cinnamon has shown to slow tumor growth.
6. Weight loss. Cinnamon has shown to speed up one's metabolism.
Cool things you could do with cinnamon:
1. Lip plumper. Apply a little bit of Vaseline on your lips, then add a pinch of cinnamon and rub together on your lips. After a few seconds, apply a second coat of Vaseline.
2. Anti-acne face mask. Combine 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and lather on your face. The cinnamon will stop any acne-forming bacteria and the honey will reduce redness and restore moisture. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash your face.
3. Hair-growth treatment. Combine 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of honey and half a cup of warm olive oil. Add 1 egg to thicken the mask. Combine the ingredients and add it to your wet hair for about 10-15 minutes. Wash off with shampoo.
4. Breath freshener. Chew on a cinnamon stick or gargle warm cinnamon water to eliminate halitosis.
5. Dry skin scrub. Combine 1/2 cup sea salt, 1/4 cup almond oil, 1/8 cup olive oil, 2-3 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Use on your body to get rid of that alligator skin.
How do you use cinnamon?
I am grateful for the awesome
dinner that my mother-in-law
brought Milo and I last night.
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  1. Oooh that's super cool about the anti-acne face mask! Love that they're ingredients I have at home :)

  2. Isn't that totally awesome?! Let me know how the mask goes =)