Homemade beauty from your pantry – 3 recipes with cinnamon

Cinnamon is a very popular spice, highly appreciated for its unmistakable warm and intense aroma, which makes it suitable for both savoury and sweet dishes, as well as a variety of beverages. And as if all that wasn’t enough, cinnamon is also claimed to have some health and beauty benefits, due to its antiseptic and tonifying properties.

Here are 3 simple and quick cinnamon recipes you can try at home.

Facial scrub

Powdered cinnamon is a very efficient, yet gentle natural exfoliant. Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder with one of honey and apply the resulting paste evenly on your face. Gently massage the skin with circular motions for a couple of minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. The scrub will clear away all the dead skin cells, while the honey helps soothe and moisturize the skin.

Invigorating mask

Mix a pinch of cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of almond oil (or another vegetable oil of your choosing) and a little bit of lemon juice and massage the mixture into your skin, using the tips of your fingers. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Nourishing mask

Add 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon to a mixture of yoghurt and shea butter (or coconut oil for very dry skin) and apply it on your skin, leaving it on for at least 15 minutes. Even the flakiest, driest complexion will respond to the moisturizing and nourishing effects of this mask.

Anti-hair loss treatment

Mix 6 tablespoons olive oil (you may warm it up a bit first) with a 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder, 2 tablespoons honey and 30 drops lime oil. Apply this mask around the roots of your hair, massaging it vigorously into your scalp. You should leave it on for about an hour, then rinse, and repeat the treatment once a week. Hair loss will be reduced, and your hair will regain its natural shine and strength.

Cinnamon is also good for…

A dash of cinnamon in a cup of hot chamomile tea will help get rid of insomnia. You can also place a cinnamon stick in the coffee or tea pot, which will keep headaches and depression at bay. Also, if you suffer from gingivitis or other gum-related problems, a cinnamon-infusion gargle can help alleviate the symptoms.

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