The answer to your health woes might just be in your spice drawer. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to add a dash of cinnamon to your diet.
Did you know that as little as 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on your well-being? It helps to control blood sugar (so it's great for diabetics or those with prediabetes), eases menstrual pain, and is a high source of antioxidants. If that isn't enough for you, it is also antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antiseptic, which means it's effective in fighting colds, yeast infections, stomach ulcers, head lice, and more. Cinnamon reduces risk factors for heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and it is also a source of fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese. Who knew that such a common spice had so many benefits?
Cinnamon is also beneficial for skin because of its antimicrobial properties. Honey and cinnamon are frequently used together to treat acne, rosacea, eczema, and the combination can even treat skin infections. A hair treatment including cinnamon could help to stimulate hair growth as well. For a face mask to treat acne, mix 3 tablespoons of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon and apply to your face. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes then wash off with warm water. (Before you do the face mask, try it on a small patch of skin first! Some people experience burning from the cinnamon.)
With so many ways to benefit from cinnamon, we are excited to see the creative ways you use cinnamon this week! You can sprinkle it on a baked sweet potato, stir some into your oatmeal, or snap a pic of your acne-fighting face mask. Use the hashtag #bebetter52 to share your completed challenge!