With its unique flavor, cinnamon is one of the most widely used spices in the world, extremely beneficial for our health. Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of tree species from the Cinnamomum genus and people, usually, use it in their breakfast, dessert recipes or meat spice blends.

It is loaded with antioxidants and just one teaspoon of ground cinnamon provides strong antioxidant action, while its anti-bacterial activity helps the immune system fight infections. Cinnamon also contains vitamins B1 and C, phosphorus, calcium and potassium, all essential nutrients for overall health.

However, many will wonder: “Why use cinnamon?”

The following list can, easily, answer the question!

  • Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese that helps maintain bone density.
  • Cinnamon is also a great source of fiber, iron and calcium.
  • The polyphenols found in cinnamon, help maintain healthy arteries by eliminating the risk of cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants found in cinnamon are used by many cosmetics companies to create products that prevent acne and wrinkles.
  • Several tree spices from the Cinnamomum genus are a great source of essential oils that give cinnamon anti-microbial and anti-septic properties.
  • Cinnamon can help get rid of constipation.
  • Cinnamon helps in proper digestion.
  • Cinnamon can help people suffering from arthritic and rheumatic diseases. Studies have indicated that cinnamaldehyde present in cinnamon, inhibits the activation of inflammation causing factors such as arachidonic acids, thereby acting as an effective anti‒inflammatory agent.
  • Cinnamon prevents urinary tract infections.
  • Cinnamon reduces the pains of menstrual period.
  • Cinnamon is a natural remedy for eliminating headaches and migraine relief.
  • Research has shown that cinnamon can help regulate cholesterol levels as it lowers levels of total and “LDL” bad cholesterol, as well as triglycerides (fatty acids in the blood), while increasing levels of “HDL” good cholesterol.

What’s New with Vicky

Vicky has actually been taking her own advice and using cinnamon as a natural skin remedy. The winter wind in New York City can be brutal on your face. Vicky has been using cinnamon to treat her dry skin. The coffee and cinnamon scrub below has been working wonders to make her face feel soft again. She’s still bundling up though! It’s going to be 30 degrees in New York tomorrow.

Weekly Read

There’s a lot more to cinnamon than people think. In fact, there are some pretty super cinnamon benefits you should know about! Click to read them!

Weekly Recipe

This cinnamon chicken recipe is a delicious, family-friendly recipe that kids and adults will love!

Spiced Cinnamon Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts [ halved ]
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 lemon [ juiced ]
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Himalayan sea salt [ to taste ]
  • freshly ground black pepper [ to taste ]

Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. In a small bowl add all the ingredients, except chicken, and toss to combine.
  3. Brush both sides of the chicken breasts with the spice mixture and let marinate for 10 minutes.
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Health and Beauty Tips of the Week

1. Natural Remedy for Blackheads using Cinnamon

Get rid of blackheads with this remedy! Mix 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon with honey into a bowl to form a thick paste. Apply the paste on the affected area before bedtime and leave it overnight. The next morning rinse the area with lukewarm water.

2. Cinnamon Soothes Dry Skin

Cinnamon helps remove dead skin cells and helps restore shine and suppleness to the skin. Make a scrub by combining sea salt, almond oil, olive oil, honey and cinnamon to fight skin dryness. Apply to your face and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

3. Cinnamon Stimulates Hair Growth

Combine a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a teaspoon of honey, a tablespoon of olive oil and an egg. Apply the mask to the hair and leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it off thoroughly with a mild shampoo. Use the hair mask once every week for best results.

4. Use Cinnamon for a Scalp Cleanser

Cinnamon nourishes the scalp by acting like an exfoliate. Mix a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, one tablespoon of honey and a quarter cup of warm olive oil and massage onto the scalp. Leave the mixture on the hair for 20 minutes before washing with your shampoo.

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5. Rejuvenate your Skin with Cinnamon Scrub

Store this body scrub in an air-tight mason jar and use it when you need to exfoliate your body!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coffee grounds
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4-1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sea salt

Steps

  1. Mix coffee grounds, sugar, salt and cinnamon powder together in a bowl.
  2. Add coconut oil to the mixture and mix everything well.

Ask Vicky

Q: It is true that the combination of cinnamon and green tea can benefit the body?

A: Green tea and cinnamon have numerous of health benefits and the combination of those 2 ingredients can renew your body! Prepare your green tea as usual and sprinkle a small amount of ground cinnamon or add a cinnamon stick into your cup using it as a spoon at the same time!

Q: I have bought cinnamon essential oil but I don’t know how to use it. Any ideas?

A: Have you ever tried to massage your body with cinnamon oil? A mixture of 3 drops of cinnamon essential oil and 2 drops of extra virgin olive oil works wonders in relieving muscle and joint pain! Furthermore, the sweet aroma of the cinnamon oil can soothe your mind and soul!

Weekly Inspiration

“Now my life is sweet like cinnamon!” – Lana Del Rey