20 Incredible Benefits of Cinnamon (Dalchini) for Skin, Hair and Health

Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. There are many different types of cinnamon available in the market nowadays but Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) is called the true cinnamon. It is mainly used as an aromatic condiment to add flavour in a variety of cuisines. It is also known for its medicinal properties and has been used throughout history. The distinct smell and flavour of cinnamon are due to the oily part, which is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde. It is believed that this compound is responsible for most of cinnamon’s powerful effects on health and metabolism. With all that said, cinnamon should be used in very little quantities as it does have some side effects if over consumed.

Nutritional Value of Cinnamon

Cinnamon spice (Cinnamomum verum),

ORAC Value-267536, Nutritional value per 100 g.

(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 247 Kcal 12%
Carbohydrates 50.59 g 39%
Protein 3.99 g 7%
Total Fat 1.24 g 4.5%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 53.1 g 133%
Vitamins
Folates 6 µg 1.5%
Niacin 1.332 mg 8%
Pantothenic acid 0.358 mg 7%
Pyridoxine 0.158 mg 12%
Riboflavin 0.041 mg 3%
Thiamin 0.022 mg 2%
Vitamin A 295 IU 10%
Vitamin C 3.8 mg 6%
Vitamin E 10.44 mg 70%
Vitamin K 31.2 µg 26%
Electrolytes
Sodium  

10 mg

 

<1%

Potassium 431 mg 9%
Minerals
Calcium  

1002 mg

 

100%

Copper 0.339 mg 38%
Iron 8.32 mg 104%
Magnesium 60 mg 15%
Manganese 17.466 mg 759%
Phosphorus 64 mg 9%
Zinc 1.83 mg 17%
Zinc

 

Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-ß  

112 µg

Crypto-xanthin-ß 129 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 222 µg
Lycopene 15 µg

Benefits of Cinnamon for Skin

Cinnamon contains antioxidants, antimicrobial, antifungal and other such properties. Let us see some benefits of cinnamon on the face to achieve beautiful and healthy skin.

Note: Cinnamon is one of the most common spice allergy triggers. It can also irritate sensitive skin. Always do a patch test before applying cinnamon on the face.

1. Works as An Anti-Ageing Agent

anti ageing

Cinnamon contains antioxidants. These antioxidants fight free radicals which can damage cells and are responsible for ageing and a number of other diseases including Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Using cinnamon helps fight free radicals which in turn help reduce the signs of ageing. It also increases the production of collagen in the body. Given below is a quick DIY with the goodness of cinnamon for your face.

You Need

  • 2-3 drops Cinnamon Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil or petroleum jelly

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Apply to the face avoiding eyes.
  3. Wash after 10 minutes.

Use this regularly to reduce fine lines on the face.

2. Can Be Used as An Exfoliator

Cinnamon can be used as a natural exfoliator. Using cinnamon powder for exfoliating helps get rid of dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling soft. The other benefit of cinnamon powder is that it also increases the blood flow to the face which gives a healthy glow to the skin.

You Need

  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp. honey

Method

  1. Mix honey with the cinnamon powder.
  2. Apply the mixture on the face and massage it.
  3. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

Using this exfoliator will give a natural glow to the face and makes your face soft and fresh.

3. Treats Acne

acne

Cinnamon has various compounds like cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, cinnamylacetate, eugenol and others. These chemical compounds have antimicrobial, antifungal and other properties. Due to its antimicrobial properties, cinnamon can be used to treat acne.

To Use

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt or curd

Method

  1. Put ¼ cup of plain yogurt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1 tsp. of cinnamon powder.
  3. Add 1 tbsp. of raw honey.
  4. Mix all the ingredients together.
  5. Apply the mask all over the face avoiding your eyes.
  6. Let it dry for about 10-15 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water.

4. Works as An Astringent

Cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon) has tannins which act as an astringent. This property of cinnamon helps shrink pores and that makes the skin appear smoother. Cinnamon can also be used as a toner as it removes impurities and minimizes pores.

5. Reduces Dark Spots, Blemishes and Pigmentation

darkspots

Cinnamon has antioxidant properties and increases the production of collagen in the body. Using cinnamon on the face can help reduce dark spots, blemishes and pigmentation.

To Use

  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon powder
  • 3 tbsp. Aloe Vera gel
  • ½ tsp. pure almond oil

Method

  1. Mix ingredients to make a fine paste.
  2. Apply the paste on cleansed face and neck. You can also apply the paste just on the dark spots with the help of a Q tip.
  3. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and then wash it with lukewarm water.

Benefits of Cinnamon for Hair

There are many benefits of dalchini or cinnamon for hair. It is believed to stimulate hair growth, reduce dandruff and strengthen hair follicles.

1. Stimulates Hair Growth

hair growth

Cinnamon increases the blood flow thus stimulating hair growth. It also strengthens the hair follicles resulting in stronger hair.

To Use

  • 5 drops cinnamon oil
  • 3 tbsp. coconut milk
  • 2 tsp. honey

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients well. Apply to the scalp and massage for 2-3 minutes. Do not miss the roots.
  2. Apply the remaining paste to the lengths of the hair.
  3. Leave it for about 30 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

This mixture keeps your hair very moisturised and healthy. In addition to that, cinnamon oil leaves your hair smelling delicious!

2. Can Be Used as A Natural Hair Dye

Using chemical dyes can damage your hair; so many people are now turning towards natural ways to colour their hair. Cinnamon can be used to naturally lighten the hair while keeping the hair healthy.

3. Dandruff

dandruff

Cinnamon has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which fight against dandruff and helps treat itchy scalp.

To Use

  • 5-7 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon powder
  • 3 tbsp. raw honey

Method

  1. Take warm extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Add 2 tbsp. of raw honey.
  3. Add 2 tbsp. of cinnamon powder and make a paste of running consistency.
  4. Apply to the scalp and massage for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  6. Rinse with a mild shampoo.

Apply these two times a week for best results.

4. Repairs Damaged Hair

Cinnamon is known to have many amazing benefits for hair including damage repair. It helps rejuvenate the hair making it strong and healthy.

To Use

  • 3 tbsp. raw honey
  • 3 tbsp. cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. macadamia oil
  • 5 drops cinnamon oil

Method

  1. Melt the coconut oil and add honey.
  2. Mix all the other ingredients together.
  3. Apply on clean and dry hair.
  4. Leave it on for 40 minutes
  5. 5. Rinse with a mild shampoo
  6. Let your hair air dry.

5. Makes the Hair Shiny

shiny hair

Cinnamon helps nourish the hair and keep it healthy. In addition to that, it also makes the hair silky and shiny.

To Use

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 4-5 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • Glycerine

Method

  1. Take 1 cup of yogurt and add 4-5 tsp. of cinnamon powder to it.
  2. Add 2 tsp. of glycerine to it.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together and apply on the scalp. Make sure the roots are covered in the cream.
  4. Keep it on for at least 1 hour.
  5. Wash the hair with mild shampoo.

Benefits of Cinnamon for Health

Cinnamon contains antioxidants, polyphenols, phenolic acid and other flavonoids. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-ulcer, anti-diabetic properties.

1. Helps to Lose Weight

Control weight loss

There are many benefits of cinnamon for weight loss. Studies have shown cinnamon to reduce some of the bad effects of eating high-fat foods. This can help in the overall weight loss plan. Its effect on blood glucose levels can also help with weight loss.

2. Helps Treat PCOS

PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels. A small study found out that cinnamon helps in regulating the frequency of menstrual cycles among women with PCOS.

3. Relieves A Sore Throat

Cinnamon has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties which can help with a sore throat. You can add cinnamon to a cup of tea. There are many benefits of cinnamon tea. It is not only tasty but also relieves a sore throat and other cold symptoms.

4. Helps Oral Health

Cinnamon is believed to be a natural pain reliever. It can help reduce toothaches. Cinnamon also has antimicrobial properties. It helps in treating oral infections.

5. Keeps the Heart Healthy

healthy heart

Cinnamon can reduce the risk of heart disease. It helps reverse the effects of high-fat food and helps prevent the chances of a heart attack.

6. Can Help Prevent Cancer

Studies have shown that cinnamon has properties that can help kill cancer cells. Further research of cinnamon could lead to the development of potent antitumor agent or complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of diverse cancers.

7. Reduces Inflammation

Several studies on medicinal plants and their components have indicated the anti-inflammatory activities of cinnamon. A recent study showed that cinnamon can potentially be used as an anti-inflammatory agent.

8. Treats Neurological Disorders

A study reported that cinnamophilin confers protection against ischemic damage in rat brains. It has shown to be effective in the treatment of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

9. Acts as An Antimicrobial

To date, several antimicrobial activities of cinnamon and its oils have been reported in various studies. Using cinnamon can help fight against bacterial infections.

10. Helps Diabetics

Treats Diabetes

Cinnamon (dalchini) is known to have anti-diabetic properties. The benefits of cinnamon for diabetes is that several studies have found the evidence of cinnamon decreasing the blood glucose level and some studies show that it also helps by lowering insulin resistance in the body. In a recent study, suitable doses of cinnamon were found to help diabetes due to enhanced insulin secretion.

Also, read:

Cinnamon essential oil is a highly potent extract comprising of the volatile compounds from Cinnamon. Read all about the benefits of Cinnamon Essential Oil.

 

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Smriti Bhardwaj
Smriti Bhardwaj, a keen writer and a web developer. I am currently pursuing B.Tech in Computer Science and engineering. I completed my school level education from the C.S.K.M Public School (both 10th and 12th standard from CBSE board). Fortunately, with all the hard work I was able to score 10 CGPA in the 10th grade and 87.4% in 12th grade. My area of expertise is writing general articles that might include issues related to lifestyle. With Living Anveya, I enjoyed writing about personal care, home care, and wellness. I personally believe in having a natural approach towards anything in life. Besides writing, I have a keen interest in developing websites and playing with technology makes me happy.

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