Ingredient Battle: Jasmine vs. Cinnamon

jasmine vs cinnamon ingredient battle

Jasmine

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What is it?

Jasmine is the name of hundreds of species of flowering shrubs or vines that have dark green leaves and white flowers. It is said to have first grown in the warm regions of the Eastern Hemisphere, but today it grows in other tropical and subtropical regions and in the southern United States.

Why do people love it?

Many people use jasmine for its fragrance to scent perfumes and teas. It is also used therapeutically in many ways.

Benefits

Helps to Manage Stress and Anxiety

Jasmine has been shown to have a positive impact on mood. Whether used topically or aromatically, jasmine boosts energy levels and stimulates the brain. Jasmine has a relaxing effect and decreases heart rate. The antioxidants found in jasmine help reduce oxidative stress and can also lower blood pressure. Some people have also found jasmine to be an effective natural antidepressant.

Promotes Sleep

Those who have a hard time falling asleep may find jasmine to be beneficial in promoting sleep. It acts as a natural sedative and reduces heart rate. Jasmine can be combined with other soothing oils such as lavender for additional help with sleep promotion. A good night’s rest is beneficial for the body and health of the skin as it allows the body and skin to repair and regenerate.

jasmine tea

Improves Immunity

The active ingredients in pure jasmine oil naturally fight harmful bacteria, viruses, and infections. Jasmine oil is used to prevent illness, skin irritation, and viral infections. It can be diffused into the air for purification and can be applied topically to prevent infections or the spread of fungus.

Skin Protection

As an essential oil, jasmine protects the skin and boosts its immunity. Jasmine contains antioxidants that protect the skin from environmental pollutants. It is gentle and non-irritating which is great for those with sensitive skin, oily skin, or dry skin. Jasmine also helps to even out skin tone, protect a youthful, ageless appearance, and is a natural moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores.

How to use it?

Jasmine is most often used as an essential oil or an ingredient in tea. Jasmine is also used in various skin care products such as lotions, moisturizers, facial masks, and creams.

Cinnamon

cinnamon for skin care

What is it?

Cinnamon is a popular spice that comes from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree. The cinnamon tree grows in Sri Lanka, Brazil, India, Jamaica, and Madagascar. The tree grows as high as 30 feet and produces oval leaves and small yellow flowers. The fruit of the cinnamon tree resembles an acorn.

Why do people love it?

This spice is used in cooking and baking for its flavor. Cinnamon also has a long history of medicinal use throughout the world. Most people use certain types of cinnamon, mainly Cassia cinnamon (called “true” cinnamon) or Ceylon cinnamon (also known as Chinese or Saigon cinnamon).

Benefits

Antioxidant

Cinnamon contains over forty protective compounds. It is an antioxidant powerhouse! Antioxidants protect the body and skin by reducing the production of free radicals, which cause cell damage. Antioxidants also slow and prevent signs of aging such as wrinkles, bags under the eyes, and sagging skin. Polyphenols, flavonoids, and phenolic acid are all antioxidants found in cinnamon and each work to fight against oxidative stress. Oxidative stress in the body can lead to various diseases.

cinnamon

Anti-Inflammatory

The anti-inflammatory effects of the phytochemicals in cinnamon help reduce the risk of declined brain function, heart disease, and cancer. Cinnamon also contains flavonoids that fight chronic inflammation, which can cause pain and redness and can lead to the formation of wrinkles, sagging skin, and acne.  

Improved Skin Health

Another benefit of cinnamon comes with its antibiotic and antimicrobial properties that protect the skin from allergic reactions, infections, irritations, rashes, and other skin conditions. Cinnamon can be combined with honey, which also has antimicrobial effects, in facial masks and treatments to optimize skin health and reduce acne, eczema, and rosacea. Check out these recipes

How to use it?

Cinnamon is commonly used in foods to boost flavor and as a natural sweetener. As an essential oil it can be applied to the skin to help with various skin conditions and to reduce inflammation. Some people enjoy adding cinnamon to detox drink recipes and do-it-yourself facial masks. Cinnamon can also be found and used in various skin care products such as scrubs, body washes, soaps, and exfoliating cleansers.

cinnamon and honey






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