Cinnamon Tea: 4 Health Benefits and How to Make Your Own

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Cinnamon has a comforting smell, but did you know you could drink it? We’ll give you a cinnamon tea recipe and explain the benefits of cinnamon tea.

For many, cinnamon is very comforting. It conjures up images of cinnamon buns, apple pie, snickerdoodles and french toast. While those are all delicious, one of the best ways to consume cinnamon is actually by drinking it in a cinnamon tea – this helps you take advantage of all the health benefits cinnamon has to offer.

Read more: Types of Cinnamon: Which is Best?

4 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

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Did you know that cinnamon sticks are actually dried and rolled up pieces of tree bark from the cinnamon tree? (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - Theo Crazzolara )

Cinnamon isn’t just a spice for baking with, it’s also full of nutritional benefits. One teaspoon of ground cinnamon contains: 

  • 1 gram of fiber 
  • 26 milligrams of calcium 
  • 11 milligrams of potassium 
  • 3 micrograms of beta carotene 
  • 2.5 micrograms of vitamin A 

Based on its nutritional benefits, it makes sense that cinnamon tea may be able to help with many ailments.

1. Digestive Issues

Cinnamon has been used to treat digestive issues in both Eastern and Western medicine for years. Drinking cinnamon tea could help lower carbon dioxide levels in your stomach, thereby alleviating certain digestive issues

2. Weight Loss Aid

Cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels and prolong the feeling of fullness, which is a great weight loss aid. However, try and limit your consumption of cinnamon tea (especially Cassia cinnamon) as it can contain dangerously high levels of coumarin

3. Menstrual Cramps

If you’re looking for a natural remedy for cramp relief, look no further: cinnamon tea may help take the edge off the pain thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant properties. Other potential benefits include reducing menstrual bleeding and calming down nausea. For best results, drink a few cups of cinnamon tea at the beginning of your period.

4. Oral Health  

Because of its potent antibacterial and anti fungal properties, cinnamon tea may help reduce bad breath and tooth decay. This is why you may have noticed cinnamon flavored dental hygiene products like mouthwash or natural toothpaste tabs (available on Amazon**).

Not Everybody’s Cup of Tea

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If you’re taking medication of any capacity, consult with your doctor before drinking cinnamon tea. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Anna Schvets)

Though cinnamon has many beneficial properties, there are also some adverse health side effects of the spice. Avoid drinking cinnamon tea when:

  • Taking Medication: Drinking cinnamon tea in combination with medications can cause negative interactions. Always talk to a healthcare professional first, especially if you’re on antibiotics. 
  • Pregnant: pregnant and breastfeeding women should not drink cinnamon tea because it stimulates blood flow causing the uterus to contract and could cause early labor. Check out our list of teas that are safe to drink during pregnancy.

Much like other food and beverages, cinnamon tea should be consumed in moderation. An overdose of the coumarin contained in cinnamon can cause liver and kidney damage. Ceylon cinnamon is always the safest choice as it contains less coumarin.

Cinnamon Tea Recipe: Make it Yourself!

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This delicious drink may give off very wintery vibes but is a great year round beverage. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Ngo Trong Gan)

A cup of cinnamon tea could not be easier to prepare. All you need is:

  • 1 cup hot water
  • A stick of cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon) or 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey

Pour the hot water onto the cinnamon and honey and stir everything well. Allow the tea to steep for about ten minutes. Ta-Da!

Tip: It is also delicious as an iced tea. Prepare it hot, allow it to cool, and then pour it over ice for a refreshing summer drink. Because it doesn’t contain any caffeine, you can drink it any time of the day without having to worry.

Looking for other ways to infuse some cinnamon into your diet? Check out some recipes where cinnamon plays a crucial role:

This article has been translated from German by Karen Stankiewicz. You can find the original here: Zimttee: Wirkung, Anwendung und Anleitung zum Selbermachen

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