Cinnamon tea, also known as cinnamon stick tea, is perfect for warming you up in the colder months!
The tea is extremely fragrant and has a light sweet flavor. You’ll love how your kitchen smells after you brew a cup!
Cinnamon tea doesn’t just taste good, it’s full of health benefits to support your well-being. Whether you prefer green tea, black tea, or even white tea, you can make it with whatever choice of tea you like.
You’ll learn how to make cinnamon tea in this post, including some of the tea’s health benefits, as well as some tasty variations you can try to spice up your cup.
Cinnamon Tea Health Benefits
Cinnamon sticks are sourced from bark inside cinnamon trees. Cinnamon has a lot of potential health benefits, as it contains a lot of antioxidants and plant compounds to support proper health.
The benefits of cinnamon tea include:
- Decreasing inflammation to prevent many chronic conditions, like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
- Antifungal and antibacterial properties which are good for mouth health, such as preventing tooth decay and bad breath.
- Tackling dangerous free radicals and improving the percentage of free radicals the body can combat, known as total antioxidant capacity.
- Improving blood sugar levels, as cinnamon contains a compound that can imitate insulin. Cinnamon may also prevent blood glucose spikes by decelerating the breakdown of carbohydrates in the stomach.
- PMS relief, as research indicates cinnamon may aid menstrual symptoms, like nausea and pain relief.
- Improving heart health due to related anti-inflammatory effects. Cinnamon may also lower bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol levels, as well as lower high blood pressure.
Cinnamon tea can also alleviate a sore throat,(see also: What Tea Is Good For A Sore Throat?) thanks to the hot water from the tea. You can also add a little honey to the tea, as this improves its immune boosting, antioxidant, and antibacterial effects.
Cinnamon Tea Ingredients
You can make cinnamon tea with only three main ingredients. These are:
- Cinnamon sticks: You can also make cinnamon tea with ground cinnamon, though this recipe will use its stick form.
- Water: This will create the base of the tea.
- Black tea: Your choice of tea bags or tea leaves. If you prefer, you can opt for green tea or choose decaf tea instead of regular.
- Honey: Honey is optional, as you can use any type of sweetener that you like. Honey does have health benefits, but you can opt for erythritol or stevia to make the beverage sugar-free.
It’s better to opt for cinnamon sticks instead of cinnamon powder. Cinnamon is available in two main types: Cassia and Ceylon.
- Cassia cinnamon is the regular cinnamon you’ll find at the grocery store. This version is darker in color and has a stronger flavor.
- Ceylon cinnamon is often referred to as the ‘real’ cinnamon. It’s higher in price compared to cassia cinnamon, but it has a lighter flavor and color that tastes best in cinnamon tea.
Making Cinnamon Tea: The Method
Now that you know a little more about cinnamon tea and its health benefits, we can get into the method!
Follow these steps to make cinnamon tea:
- Add your water and cinnamon sticks to your saucepan. Place the saucepan on the stove and bring the mixture to a boil, using a medium-high temperature.
- After the mixture has boiled, lower the heat to a light simmer, then leave the cinnamon sticks to immerse for ten minutes.
- Take the pot off of the heat and add your black tea leaves. Leave the tea to brew for one to two minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea.
- Pour the cinnamon tea into your mug or a teapot. Add sweetener to taste, then you’re done!
If you’re using a teapot, you can leave the cinnamon sticks in the pot to infuse the tea with its flavor. If it tastes too strong, add some hot water to dilute it.
Cinnamon Tea Flavor Variations
After you’re more accustomed to the cinnamon tea recipe, you can try a few flavor variations and see which ones you like.
Some of these ingredients may have additional health benefits. Turmeric, honey, ginger, and lemon juice are known for their immunity-boosting properties. You may want to add these ingredients to your tea around flu season.
- Milk tea: As you would with normal milk tea, simply add a little milk to your cup of cinnamon tea. You can opt for non-dairy or dairy, depending on your preferences.
- Bay leaf tea: Gives the tea an earthy flavor and may have potential weight loss effects.
- Lemon: A squeeze of fresh lemon can make cinnamon tea taste incredibly refreshing!
- Orange: If you’re not keen on lemon, a squeeze of fresh orange juice can add a tropical element to the tea. You can also add orange zest to your teapot for a different taste.
- Turmeric tea: A little turmeric powder, or slices of fresh turmeric root, can infuse the tea with lots of health benefits. You can maximize these by adding some black pepper to the pot too.
- Ginger: Ginger adds a pleasant spice that complements the cinnamon well. It also has health benefits, thanks to its many antioxidants. Simply slice a piece of fresh ginger, or add a teaspoon of ginger powder to your teacup.
- Nutmeg: A gentle spice that goes well with the cinnamon, giving the tea a nutty, warm flavor.
- Apple: Add a few teaspoons of apple juice or some apple chip pieces to your teapot. The apple acts as a natural sweetener and gives the tea an autumnal feel.
- Cayenne pepper: You’ll only need a pinch of this to give the tea a little kick. Cayenne pepper may also have additional health benefits, like improving high blood pressure and preventing heart disease.
Now you know how to make cinnamon tea!
This tasty beverage warms you up from the inside out. You’ll also receive some of its health benefits, especially if you try some of the flavor variations above.
Additions like ginger, turmeric, cayenne, and honey taste great and are packed with antioxidants to support well-being.
It’s best to use Ceylon cinnamon sticks for this recipe, but if you can’t find these, regular Cassia cinnamon will work just fine.
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