We think of cinnamon as a seasoning for baked goods, but it was mentioned in one of the earliest books (approximately 2,700 B.C.) about Chinese botanical medicine. Cinnamon is considered one of the most important circulatory herbs in traditional Chinese medicine and is often recommended today.
In Chinese medical philosophy, pain, cramps, and congestion are considered blocked energy. Cinnamon is thought to move qi, or vital energy, when qi is "stuck" in the abdomen. Cinnamon circulates the energy to the rest of the body and is thought to have a warming effect.
- Squeeze out about a tablespoon of honey
- Add a few shakes of ground cinnamon (1 teaspoon or so) to the honey and mix it up
- Wet your face with warm water.
- Apply mixture to your face using gentle upward circular motions.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Splash face with cold water to tighten pores.
Why It Works
Cinnamon has natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties & antioxidants. Cinnamon is used to treat menstrual disorders such as abdominal masses, stopped or irregular menstruation, and abdominal cramps. It is also used to prevent and treat the common cold and upper-respiratory congestion. Cinnamon warms the body and invigorates the blood. Therefore, it is helpful with various circulatory disorders, including chest pains, palpitations, numbness and arthritis.
Along with the graininess to exfoliate when rubbed onto the skin. Honey has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, and has been used on skin for thousands of years. It softens the skin by attracting and retaining moisture & contains alpha hydroxy acids which exfoliate and hydrate.