Cinnamon isn't just for cooking. The antioxidant-rich, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory spice is also a beauty powerhouse, with uses so vast, you might be better off moving it from your kitchen cupboard to your bathroom cabinet. Check out our seven favorite ways to use the stuff.
A 2009 study found that when applied liberally to hands, cinnamon oil was as effective an antibacterial agent as some commercial sanitizers.
Some natural-health practitioners believe that the antiseptic properties of cinnamon can help kill the bacteria that causes acne when applied topically as an oil or in a paste concocted from the powdered spice.
This one might be obvious given the prevalence of cinnamon in products like toothpaste and mouthwash, but the spice is a terrific breath freshener. To use it for this application, suck on whole cinnamon stick or brew some tea with a little bundle of them.
Since powdered cinnamon acts as an exfoliant and has been theorized to bring blood to the scalp, it can help clean and nourish the area. To use it, mix one part ground cinnamon with two and a half parts honey and four parts warmed olive oil. Massage the mixture into the scalp. Leave on for 15 minutes and then wash your hair as usual.
Try blending one half cup coconut oil (make sure its temperature exceeds 75°, the point at which it turns from solid to liquid) with two cups of sugar, a tablespoon cinnamon, two teaspoons of honey -- or get creative with your own combos.