Cinnamon, Winter’s Spice {Cinnamon Rose Sugar Body Scrub}

Winter’s cloak is upon us. Our blood is moving slower through our veins, and our bodies desire rest just as the bear curls up underground to hibernate in deep quietude.

And, despite the promise of the hustle of a new year, it is still winter.

Life in my new cottage is cold. Colder than I’ve experienced in any other home. Life beneath the wise redwood trees and in a very old house with poor insulation means thicker sweaters, hot tea, and more cinnamon. Yes, cinnamon.

As I talk about in my book, The Healing Kitchen, cinnamon was once an exotic spice that symbolized wealth and divine status. Now it is one of the most common spices you can find at the grocery store.

Originally sourced from Sri Lanka, cinnamon was once a well kept secret by Arab and Phoenician merchants. In the time of the Middle Ages, you were viewed a wealthy person if you could obtain an exotic spice from the East (even though it was really used to cover up the smell of cured meat, which often spoiled in the colder months).

A warming spice, cinnamon helps stimulate the digestive system and assists with metabolic syndrome (preventing blood sugar peaks). It also helps with cognition, and can be used in teas to improve focus. It is rich in manganese as well as the antioxidants phenol, salicylic acid and tannins.

To warm up your body from the inside out, you can make a simple tea {or Té de canela}. Boil some water and pour over 3-4 whole cinnamon sticks. Let steep for 5-10 mins and enjoy, perhaps with a dollop of coconut milk and honey.

Cinnamon Rose Sugar Scrub

I’ve whipped up this lovely, body warming scrub that will moisturize dry, chapped winter skin we often experience this time of year. Sugar is gentle and contains natural glycolic acid, an ingredient that dissolves dead skin cells and clarifies skin. Not so great for our digestion, but divine on the skin.

Sugar and oil makes the base, then I’ve added in cinnamon to get blood circulation moving and rose for both aroma (cinnamon and rose is a swoony combination) and skin soothing. I’ve been putting it on each night before my bath, and it’s been a beautiful way to come down from my day and cozy into my warm bed to do some hibernating myself.

Cinnamon Rose Sugar Body Scrub

  • 1c. Sugar
  • 1/2c. base oil (Sweet Almond, Olive, or I used Sunflower)
  • 1 pinch dried Rose Petals
  • 10 drops Rosehip Seed Oil
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Glycerin
  • 10 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

Place sugar in a bowl and pour your base oil over. Take your pinch of rose petals and break them up in your hands before sprinkling them into the sugar-oil mixture. Then add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until well combined. Spoon into jars.

Makes approximately 4 2-oz jars. Shelf life is 6 months if kept tightly sealed.

To use: Just before showering, swirl ingredients together with your fingertips to mix. While showering, apply scrub in a firm circular motion with your hands. Rinse off and pat body dry with a clean towel.

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