Cinnamon’s origins are believed to be in Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon. This was the cinnamon was part of the Dutch spice trade. Cinnamon is now largely cultivated across four countries in Asia: China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. It is made from cinnamon bark, the dried inner bark of the shoots found in Cinnamomum verum trees. Cinnamon is widely available as a spice in powder form or in its natural state as thin strips of dried cinnamon bark.

When consumed or applied to the skin, cinnamon is an excellent stimulant, astringent, and antiseptic. It is also known to encourage circulation. There are four types of Cinnamon: Ceylon, Cassia, Indonesian and Saigon. The highest grade of cinnamon is the Ceylon Cinnamon.

Benefits of Cinnamon for Skin:

  • Powerful antioxidant. Among spices, cinnamon contains the most antioxidants and ranks number 7 on the ORAC scale of foods with antioxidants. This impressive source of antioxidants can help your skin feel good and look good, too.
  • Anti-inflammatory. Cinnamon is also anti-inflammatory which means it helps treat and prevent swelling, infection and inflammatory diseases in the skin. This is due to the presence of a wide range of flavonoids in cinnamon spice as well as cinnamon essential oil.
  • Anti-aging. Antioxidants and other protecting agents in cinnamon make your skin feel younger for longer. That’s because these plant-based chemical compounds repair the skin and protect it from free radicals that cause damage to skin cells, premature aging or disease.
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