Some opine that if only more people were aware of the benefits of cinnamon tea, the world would be in a better shape, health-wise. Why? By sipping a cup of cinnamon brew, you will not only get a taste of this sweet-smelling spice but you will also benefit from its natural healing properties. If you have yet to be familiar with cinnamon tea and its myriad benefits, these facts might serve to enlighten you.
- Cinnamon is a spice that is collected from the inner bark of trees that belong to the genus, Cinnamomum. It has been used for thousands of years to flavor food and to heal various ailments.
- Aside from incorporating cinnamon in dishes, drinking cinnamon tea is a convenient way of enjoying this exotic spice. The process of preparing cinnamon tea is simple and only entails boiling and steeping a cinnamon stick in water for several minutes. Cinnamon powder can also be used in lieu of the cinnamon bark.
- A cinnamon stick can also be called a “quill.”
- Cinnamon teas are made from one of the two types of cinnamon that are commercially available today: Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is better in quality and hence, more expensive. It is sourced from Sri Lanka, the Seychelles and Madagascar. Cassia cinnamon is more common and is produced by China, India and Indonesia.
- Even if cinnamon tea is delicious by itself, you can combine it with other teas and ingredients to make it more delicious and nutritious. Sweetening your cinnamon tea with honey will certainly make you ask for a second cup. Brewing cinnamon tea with black tea will boost the beverage’s antioxidant levels, while a cinnamon-ginger tea combination is a powerful detoxifier that also wards off colds and flu.
- If you are feeling lethargic in the middle of the day, cinnamon tea can be a caffeine-free alternative to coffee. Research studies prove that the aroma of cinnamon boosts brain activity and helps to keep you mentally sharp and alert.
- Adding milk to cinnamon tea is not recommended since this will lower the antioxidant levels of the tea.
- The link between cinnamon tea and weight loss is well-founded. With only 2 calories per cup, cinnamon tea is one of the lowest-calorie drinks you can have. Further, it boosts metabolism and can help the body burn calories at a faster rate. It also keeps your digestive system healthy and aids in regulating your blood sugar level, reducing sugar cravings and the tendency to overeat.
- Cinnamon tea can be used as a mouth rinse. The essential oil, cinnamic aldehyde, which is found in cinnamon, is not only deodorizing but anti-bacterial as well.