An article written by my daughter Phoebe
My mother has all kinds of natural homemade recipes and herbs for common illnesses, skin care, hair care, body care and healthy living. One of those recipes for facial care that I love is the cinnamon Manuka honey face mask recipe.
If you are looking for a natural homemade skin care recipe that kills bacteria that causes acne (of pimples), this recipe is very effective for that.
Before I tell you about the cinnamon manuka honey face mask recipe, let us look at some of the benefits of cinnamon and manuka honey for the skin. But first, here’s my principle for body, skin and hair-care products.
If you can take the product internally then it is natural and good for your skin, hair and body. If not, it is bad chemical. Don’t take it – Phoebe
Benefits of Manuka Honey for the Skin
Manuka honey is a special type of mono-floral honey harvested from bees that only pollinate the manuka flowers. The manuka bush grows uncultivated and is only found in New Zealand’s remote North Island and Southeastern Australia. Manuka honey is medicinal-grade and tops the world’s honey chart because of its high nutritional profile and Unique Manuka Factor (UMF).
Historicall, honey has been used as an alternative medicine for thousands of years. Ancient civilizations and cultures around the world have praised honey for its healing and health-promoting properties. In the Bible, honey is a symbol of good health and physical and emotional wellbeing.
“Pleasant words are honey from a honeycomb – sweet to the soul and healing for the body” (Proverbs 16:24).
The health benefits of manuka honey includes its high nutritional, immune-boosting, healing and anti-microbial properties that occurs naturally. In its unfiltered or raw state. manuka honey’s nutritional content is up to four (4) times that of normal flower honeys.
Manuka Honey is Rich In
B Vitamins (B6, Thiamin, Niacin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid)
When taken internally and applied to the skin, the body immensely benefits from these nutrients. Honey is often used in skin care products as it has been know to:
- Cleanse the skin
- Exfoliate and fight free radicals in the skin
- Improve skin tone and texture
- Soothe skin rashes
- Moisturize dry skin
- Kills bacteria and fungi that causes skin blemishes and infections such as acne, rashes and eczema
- Heals the skin from damage caused by harsh environmental factors
- Delays wrinkles on the skin, thus promoting youthful skin even when aging
- Balances the skin’s PH
My principle when it comes to skin care products: If you can take the product internally then it is good for the skin. Manuka honey is good food.
Benefits of Cinnamon for the Skin
Cinnamon is one of my favorite and the most common spice in my home. It’s the first spice I knew since childhood. We harvest the bark of the cinnamon tree ( Cinnamomum) that abundantly grows wild in the tropical jungle and use it’s powder and oil extracted from the bark as traditional herbal medicine, breath freshener, spice for cooking and for preserving and marinating meat and for applying to the hair and skin for beauty.
Cinnamon is a simple yet powerfully healthy spice with unique colour, smell and aromatic flavour. It’s intricate history of being used as an expensive spice and a medicine goes back to ancient times in many cultures throughout the world.
According to an article in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science Invention, cinnamon has anti-inflamatory and anti-bacterial properties. Cinnamon is known to possess anti fungal, anti microbial, astringent and anti-clotting properties. It has been shown to suppress E.coli, Staphylococcus and Candida albican microbes. Cinnamon can kill bacteria as well as fungi and viruses.
Cinnamon has many proven health benefits that you can Google and learn more. The special benefits of cinnamon for the skin includes:
- Very high concentration of antioxidants – researches have shown that cinnamon is number one for being rich in a variety of 41 protective antioxidants which fights free radicals that can damage cells, thereby slowing down the aging process.
- Anti-microbial and anti-biotic – the cinnamon’s anti-microbial and anti-biotic properties makes it the best natural remedy for skin conditions caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses. It has been proven to be effective in killing bacteria causing acne and eczema. Applying cinnamon essential oil to the skin can reduce inflamation, swelling, pain and redness. It protects the skin from irritations, rashes, allergic reations and infections.
- Boosts the immune system – eating highly nutritional food is essential for beautiful skin, from the inside out. Cinnamon is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids that boots the immune system, thereby promoting good health and well-being.
Cinnamon Manuka Honey Face Mask Recipe
You can make yourself chemical-free natural face mask at home and enjoy the benefits of manuka honey and cinnamon. The recipe is simple. You’ll need three (3) tablespoons of raw manuka honey and one (1) tablespoon of cinnamon powder. Whip till you get a chocolate-like paste and apply to your face.
Wait for 20 minutes and gently wipe clean with a soft facial cloth. Then rinse your face with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel or facecloth. Repeat this once weekly.
The timing of 20 minutes works for me. Some people leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes, or until they feel the skin burn. If it’s your first time to try this recipe, test a small amount on your skin first to determine your skin’s sensitivity and reaction to the ingredients.
Cinnamon Face Mask Benefits
As we age, our skin looses its elasticity. Exposure to chemicals used in cosmetics products, soaps and pollutants in the environment can also clog the pores of the skin, interfere with the skin’s PH and cause premature aging. Using natural skin care ingredients such as cinnamon and raw honey reverses these.
You can apply the paste to the roots of our hair. Honey and cinnamon are high in nutrients that enhances hair growth and keeps your hair healthy. Part your hair. Apply a small amount to the roots and massage. Cover with a shower cap for a 20 – 30 minutes and later rinse with warm water.