We can’t deny it – cinnamon is delicious. It’s a versatile spice that can be used in sweet or savoury dishes and you’d be surprised what a dash of cinnamon can do for your cooking, and your health!
Cinnamon has some great health benefits such as a yeast fighter, a digestive aid and menstrual pain relief (bet you didn’t know that one). It’s also a cholesterol reducer and a circulation booster. Cinnamon is a very multi-talented spice. But there are other uses for cinnamon, other than being ingested for your body.
Moths can be pesky little creatures and they can infest cupboards and homes. You can fill satchets with cinnamon sticks and cloves and hang them in your wardrobe or place them in your drawers to ward off moths that will eat holes into your clothes. Your cupboards will also smell lovely!
Insect bite treatment/wound healer
Making a natural mixtue of honey and cinnamon and applying it to the bite and irritated skin can take away pain and itching. The mixture disinfects the affected area and helps to heal the bite.
Whether it’s in potpourri form or as a burning incense, cinnamon is a great and easy way to freshen up your house and have it smelling delicious. You can use ground cinnamon or cinnamon oil to make homemade fresheners.
Many acne treatments are pricey and not all of them work the way they should. You can spend money trying to find the right one, or you could mix some cinnamon powder and fresh lemon juice to help to reduce acne and blackheads instead.
Paired with coffee or sugar, you can make a simple scrub that will reduce cellulite and exfoliate the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and smooth. Who wouldn’t want to smell like cinnamon sugar? Yum!
If you like a little DIY, you can make your own hair treatment or shampoo from things you can find in your pantry and fridge. Cinnamon increases the blood circulation on your scalp, which assists in making your scalp healthy and thus makes your hair grow. Not too keen on whipping up your own shampoo? Add it to your existing shampoo and conditioner.
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Try this quick and healthy banana bread scones recipe on a lazy sunday – your family will thank you for it! Using ingredients such as 2 ripe bananas and a touch of cinnamon for that authentic taste, enjoy with a fresh juice or even a rich coffee.
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1.25 cup all-purpose flower
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted better (cut into pieces)
2 ripe bananas (chopped and mashed)
1 egg lightly beaten
Brown Sugar Glaze (optional)
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tsp milk
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two forks until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in mashed banana and egg. Stir until just combined.
- Turn dough out onto well-floured surface. Dough will be soft and somewhat sticky. Knead 5-6 times until dough comes together.
- Shape into an 8-inch circle. Brush top of dough with water. Stir together sugar and cinnamon for topping and sprinkle over the top. Cut into 8 pieces and place on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until light golden brown. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
- In a small bowl, whisk together sugars. Add in vanilla and 2 tsp milk. Add another tsp milk if you want a thinner glaze. Drizzle over cooled scones. Serve.
- Store leftovers in a loosely covered container.
Image and Recipe via A Kitchen Addiction