Now you might be wondering, what a spice has to do with beauty, but don't count this one out. After sprinkling cinnamon into a few DIY beauty products and in coffee for the first time, it dawned on us that it's versatility is quite remarkable.

Cinnamon is a spice that is obtained from the inner bark of trees found commonly in Asia. In ancient times it was used as a perfume, a spice, and an aromatic in religious ceremonies.

1. The first benefit to cinnamon is that it can come in many forms. Typical formulations include: Essential oil, Powder, Tea, and Bark. This versatility allows it to be easily incorporated into beauty products and regimens.

2. The antiseptic properties of cinnamon can help to resolve small and large skin issues including acne and Staphylococcus aureus. As a bonus, it also soothes eczema.                  

DIY: mix a tsp of cinnamon powder with a tsp of honey and apply to the affected areas  (Do not use on the face).  Modify this formula to make a face mask by combining 1 tsp of cinnamon with at least 3 tbsp of Honey. Apply to face and rinse in 10 minutes or when it starts to tingle, whichever is the shorter amount of time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

3. Does Botox creep you out? Is it hard to imagine injecting a neurotoxin produced by bacteria into your body? Worry no more. Cinnamon can give you the benefits of other anti-aging treatments without the bacteria.

DIY: It can help to plump fine lines, wrinkles, and lips. Just mix 3 drops essential oil of cinnamon and 2 tbsp olive oil. Any easy lip application is to pat a small amount of olive oil or coconut oil on your lips and then pat a small pinch of cinnamon on top. Cover with a bit more oil and wait for your plump lips! (Do not apply any of these DIY treatments near your eyes)

4. The refreshing scent of cinnamon can also be used to freshen your breath and enhance the scent of your everyday products.

DIY: Try chewing on cinnamon bark as a natural breath refresher. As an easy pick-me-up, you can add a pinch of cinnamon to your morning face wash/body wash. Not only will it help to cleanse, reduce acne, and improve collagen production but the scent will awaken the senses.

5. Common beauty uses include: face masks, hair conditioners (promotes shine, growth and smoothness), and natural makeup powders and bronzers.

DIY: We created our own DIY face powder that we use to set makeup, but depending on the blend it can either be a foundation, setting powder, or bronzer. Live Simply and Wellness Mama have simple recipes to get you started. We also love HELLO GLOW’s bronzer recipe.

6. Last, but not least, you can maximize the health benefits of cinnamon by incorporating it into your daily meals. It has been shown to reduce heart disease, lower blood sugar levels, reduce yeast infections and mucus, and act as an anti-inflammatory.

DIY: 1) sprinkle cinnamon in your coffee and thank us later! 2) Try this smoothie we love from culinarygasm. 3) You no longer have to be embarrassed about unsightly nail fungus. Soak your hands/feet in water with a few drops of cinnamon leaf oil while enjoying a cup of Ceylon tea and repeat daily until the infection is gone. Specific instructions here.

Disclaimer: Some forms of cinnamon are known to contain higher concentration of coumarin, which is known to cause liver and kidney damage when consumed in excess. Cinnamon is also known to cause skin irritations and other allergic reactions in some people. It is recommended to do a patch test before using. See the Environmental Working Group site for more details.