Cinnamon is a great healing tool used both internally and externally. I recommend in the Balance Your Hormones section of this site to take cinnamon internally as a way to lower elevated levels of testosterone and to help to balance out blood sugar levels if you’re insulin resistant. Both of these are leading causes of acne in adult women and are often connected to each other.
Cinnamon used externally is also a great spot treatment. Let’s take a look at exactly how to use both.
How To Make A Cinnamon Tea
You can just take 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily but I find it way more satisfying to make a cinnamon tea. You can then drink this after each meal to help balance your blood sugar.
Making a tea is a little more complicated then simply stirring cinnamon powder into hot water. You actually need to seep the cinnamon bark for some time in order to get the nutrients into the water.
Makes About 1 Cup
- Add 1.5 cups of water and a cinnamon stick about 5-10cm in length to a pot over the stove on low heat.
- Allow the pot to slowly come to a low boil. Once the water starts bubbling turn off the heat and let the mix sit for about 15 minutes to seep.
- Strain the water into a cup and you have your tea! You may want to gently heat again in case the water has cooled too much for your liking.
Alternatively you can stir 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder into a cup of hot water and allow it to sit for 30 minutes before drinking.
Immportant: It is better to use ceylon cinnamon because it contains only low doses of coumarin, an element found in cassia cinnamon. Coumarin can be harsh on the liver, and as we need to be healing to our liver during our acne treatment, it is a lot better to use ceylon cinnamon.
Cinnamon tea is best taken after each meal to help to balance your blood sugar levels. Alternatively you can take it after breakfast and then once again before bed.
How To Use Cinnamon Externally
Cinnamon is also a good addition to your skin care routine because it draws blood and nutrients to the surface of your skin. It’s also naturally anti-bacterial, so all of these things combined can then provide plenty of healing to a spot.
You can use cinnamon as a face mask or a spot treatment – whatever you feel to do. That’s the great thing about using ingredients that we can find in our kitchens, it’s easy to mix and match to whatever we feel like in the moment.
Some ideas are to mix cinnamon with honey, aloe vera gel, colloidal silver, or essential oils. You could also make a super deluxe hydrating mask by combining avocado with honey and cinnamon powder then leaving it on for as long as possible. That would be a real treat. I once left a mask on like this for about three hours (I was talking to a friend on Skype and watching a movie!!) and the next day my skin felt baby smooth.
Personally I feel that cinnamon used internally is much more effective than externally, but it’s great to use both.