A simple way to get the numerous benefits of cinnamon is through homemade cinnamon tea. This healthy beverage has a sweet and spicy flavor that entertains your taste buds while also delivering remedying nutrients to your body.
This is how to make an easy tea with only cinnamon sticks and water. If you aren’t a fan of the taste, check out the other cinnamon tea versions at the end of this post!
Cinnamon Tea Recipe
- 3 inch cinnamon stick
- Boil the cinnamon stick in 1 1/4 cups water for 15-20 minutes.
- Turn off heat and allow to steep for an additional 15 minutes.
Alternative: If you don’t have access to cinnamon sticks, mix 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder with hot water and stir until dissolved.
Always Choose Ceylon Cinnamon
There are two different types of cinnamon: ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. Ceylon is “true” cinnamon that contains all the published benefits. Cassia cinnamon is a “fake” cinnamon that is much more common, but contains a toxic flavoring substance (coumarin) because it lacks the sweetness of true cinnamon.
The benefits of cinnamon are many, but if you want to get them, you gotta be consuming Ceylon cinnamon.
Benefits Of Cinnamon Tea
Cinnamon has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years and modern medicine has studied it extensively. Here are some of the top benefits of cinnamon:
Cinnamon contains an element called cinnamaldehyde, which has been studied for its abilities to stop unwanted clumping of blood platelets. Although some blood clotting is normal (when you cut your finger chopping veggies or skin your knee), irregular clumping of blood platelets can lead to blood clots, which can lead to serious damage and/or death.
#2. Regulate Blood Sugar
Cinnamon can help to regulate blood sugar in several different ways. Some studies have found that if you eat cinnamon along with carbohydrates, it can help to balance the effect the food has on blood sugar levels.
Other studies have found that cinnamon helps support the body’s natural insulin response by stopping insulin-inhibiting enzymes and making it easier for the body’s cells to utilize sugar. Research has also found that consuming cinnamon may help reduce the dangerous side effects of a high-sugar diet.
Cinnamon is a potent antioxidant and may in fact have the highest antioxidant content of any spice. Antioxidants are important because they protect the body from oxidative damage that otherwise can cause disease and premature aging.
#4. Effective Against Candida
Cinnamon is very effective against the common fungal infection candida. It contains proven anti-fungal properties and was tested successfully against several different types of this common yeast infection.
#5. Improves Brain Health And Function
One study found that cinnamon enhanced cognitive processing. Several more studies found that compounds in cinnamon appear to inhibit the buildup of the protein tau in the brain, which otherwise leads to neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease. It may also be effective at protecting neurons and neurotrasmitter levels in those with Parkinson’s disease.
More Cinnamon Recipes
In case you aren’t a fan of plain cinnamon tea, here are a few other ways to consume it that you might find more tasty:
Sudanese Cinnamon Tea
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 3 cups water
- 1 tbsp black tea
- Stevia, or raw honey to taste
- Add the cinnamon sticks into a teapot with black tea.
- Pour hot water over the top.
- Steep for several minutes.
- Pour into serving cups. Sweeten as desired.
Chai Tea Latte
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups coconut milk
- 8 tea bags herbal raspberry tea
- 2 tsp stevia
- 8 thin slices ginger root
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 8 whole cloves
- 2 cardamon pods
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pour water in a crock pot and add herbs and spices.
- Cook on high for 2-6 hours on low.
- Add coconut milk.
- Serve plain or topped with real whipped cream.
Lemon And Cinnamon Tea
- 4 cups water
- 4 cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 bags of tea
- 3-4 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1-2 tbsp raw honey
- Slices of lemon for decoration
- Combine water, cinnamon and cloves into a pot and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and add teabags.
- Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
- Remove the bags and add lemon and honey. Put back on LOW heat to warm for a few minutes.
- Once it is hot, strain into a cup.
Spiced Persimmon Turmeric Tea
- 8 cups/64oz filtered water
- One 3 inch piece peeled and thinly sliced fresh ginger
- One 3 inch piece peeled and thinly sliced fresh turmeric root
- 1 tsp fresh good quality peppercorns
- 6 good quality cinnamon sticks, preferably Celyon cinnamon
- 2 small or 1 large fuyu persimmon, thinly sliced (save a few slices for serving)
- Sweetener of choice (ex. honey or stevia) to taste
- Place the water, ginger, turmeric, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks and persimmon slices in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer on low for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Strain tea through a fine mesh strainer (or pour through a coffee filter to catch sediment).
- Pour into cups or bowls. The softened persimmons may also be added or add a few fresh slices for garnish and serve adding preferred sweetener to taste.
- Alternatively you can cool the tea to room temperature and refrigerate for a couple of days and reheat as desired.
Ginger Cinnamon Tea For Cold Season
- 2 inches fresh ginger root, sliced
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 5 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 cups water
- 2 lemons, juiced
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 1 inch turmeric, sliced or 2 capsules Daily Turmeric (optional)
- Combine water, ginger, cinnamon, garlic and turmeric and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Stir together raw honey and lemon juice in a cup(s).
- Strain the water and pour over the lemon and honey.
Cinnamon is an incredible remedying spice that should be in every cabinet. Remember, always choose Ceylon cinnamon whenever possible for best results. Cinnamon tea is an excellent beverage choice, especially during the cold winter months, because it will help to improve your immune system.