An interesting guide to Cinnamon Tea: Learn its benefits, recipes, and side effects

Tasteful, aromatic, and helps with weight loss and developing better skin—all of these are only some of cinnamon tea's characteristics.

Who doesn't love cinnamon? 

For so long, cinnamon has been used widely as a spice for culinary delicacies, pastries, beverages, and even as a fragrance. The beautiful combination of its unforgettable aroma and strong flavor leaves an impact on anyone who experiences it. In fact, it's one of the indicators of when Christmas is already around the corner. But beyond its amazing taste and aroma is its ability to provide various health benefits. At the end of the day, there's nothing better than enjoying something that also keeps us healthy, right? 

With that said, we'll be telling you everything about Cinnamon Tea and how this delicious beverage can potentially change your life. 

What is cinnamon tea? 

Cinnamon tea is a bittersweet beverage that provides various health benefits. Although cinnamon is a good additive to curries and smoothies, having it as your morning tea is simply indescribable. This tea is made from the Cinnamomum/cinnamon trees, particularly from their inner barks. These barks curl up once they are dried, resulting in the well-known cinnamon sticks. These sticks are then steeped in boiling water or ground into a powder that can be used to make the cinnamon tea. 

Cinnamon tea can be made on its own, but cinnamon is also great to blend with other ingredients. For instance, our Masala Chai tea and Turmeric latte both have cinnamon in them, further enhancing their taste and aroma. 

Pure cinnamon tea has an undeniably good flavoring and smell but what really makes it vital is the compounds in it. These compounds may provide various benefits to the body such as reducing inflammation, lowering blood sugar levels, and aiding weight loss. It's impressive how one cup of tea can help improve your health and overall quality of life! 

What does cinnamon tea taste like?

If you've had a taste of cinnamon buns or cinnamon rolls, you probably have an idea of what cinnamon tastes like. Especially during the holidays, cinnamon is basically just everywhere. But when it comes to pure cinnamon tea, it is defined to have a woody, sweet, and savory taste that can be perfectly blended with other ingredients. In fact, it's cinnamon's own versatility that makes it so popular and memorable. It can be mixed with rooibos tea or any sort of flowery tea and it will be amazing. If this is your first time trying cinnamon tea and are afraid you won’t like it, then don't worry. The smell alone is enticing enough to make you have a sip. 

Two types of cinnamon tea

There are many variations of the cinnamon tea but they often get grouped into two categories: Cassia and Ceylon. 

Cassia Cinnamon 

This is the common type of cinnamon sticks tea that you can find in a grocery store. These are darker brown in color, are stronger in flavor, and are rolled into thick, single sheets. 

Ceylon Cinnamon 

This is considered to be the "pure cinnamon tea". It has a pale brown color with thin multiple layers inside. It possesses a milder, more delicate flavor that some people prefer but it can be more expensive and harder to find in stores. 

What are the health benefits cinnamon tea can give?

There are so many possible health benefits cinnamon tea can provide. Its natural compounds have abilities to make our lives healthier and better. This way, you can drink cinnamon tea, not just for the sake of enjoyment but also to reap its benefits. 

Here are the following health benefits cinnamon tea gives: 

1. A powerhouse of antioxidants 

If you drink cinnamon tea, there is a possibility for you to reduce your risk of developing serious diseases. Cinnamon tea is rich in antioxidants, particularly polyphenols, that help fight free radicals. These are molecules that damage cells that lead to health conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Furthermore, research suggests that drinking cinnamon tea can help increase the total antioxidant capacity in your body. 

2. Reduces inflammation and improves heart health 

The compounds in cinnamon reportedly may reduce inflammation markers. This is great because inflammation is often considered to be the source of many chronic illnesses like heart disease. Drinking cinnamon tea may also help increase levels of good cholesterol which helps improve heart health by getting rid of the excess cholesterol from the blood vessels. 

3. Lowers blood sugar levels 

Diabetes is a tough enemy to beat. This is why it's important to manage and regulate your blood sugar levels while you still can. Cinnamon tea can help with that! Compounds in cinnamon are found to be contributors to lowering insulin resistance, therefore increasing insulin's effectiveness to lower blood sugar levels. 

4. Helps with weight loss

Cinnamon tea may aid in weight loss. Several studies highlighted the connection between cinnamon intake and fat loss. It's also being linked to reductions in waist circumference. However, a lot of these studies did not succeed in distinguishing between fat loss and muscle loss. This study was the only one that found that the subjects who participated lost 0.7% of fat mass but increased 1.1% of muscle mass after consuming 10 grams (5 teaspoons) of cinnamon powder per day for a total of 12 weeks. 

5. Relieves menstrual cramps 

For women, having a period can be the worst. Menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms make the experience unbearable at times. According to this study, women were provided with 3 grams of cinnamon or placebo each day for the first 3 days of their menstrual cycle. Those with cinnamon experienced a much less painful menstrual cycle compared to those who had a placebo. 

6. Fights skin aging and acne 

Want to stay young and flawless? Maybe having a cup of cinnamon tea from time to time would help! According to this research, cinnamon may help promote the formation of collagen and increase skin hydration and elasticity. All these can help improve the appearance of skin aging. Additionally, a study suggests that cinnamon extract helps combat bacteria that cause acne. 

How to make pure cinnamon tea or homemade cinnamon tea blend

To drink cinnamon tea, you must make one first. Making cinnamon tea is not all that difficult. You just cinnamon and a few ingredients and voila! To help you out, we've laid out a simple recipe for making a pure cinnamon tea blend that you can enjoy: 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cinnamon stick (Ceylon)
  • 8 oz water
  • black tea (teabag or loose-leaf) 
  • sugar or honey (optional)
  • tea strainer or filter 

Directions: 

  • Put the cinnamon stick into your drinking cup. 
  • Add the boiled water into the cup with cinnamon. Let it steep for at least 10 minutes. 
  • Add the black tea and let it steep for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Strain the tea leaves or remove the teabag. 
  • Add honey or sugar (if you want to sweeten it up)

Other homemade cinnamon tea blend recipes

Here are the other fun ways to make the homemade cinnamon tea that you can enjoy as a morning tea: 

1. Turmeric and cinnamon tea

A healthy drink to perfectly start or end your day. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cinnamon stick (or a 1/4 cinnamon spice)
  • 6 oz water
  • chamomile tea (teabag or loose-leaf) 
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • sugar or honey (optional)
  • tea strainer or filter 

Directions: 

  • Put the cinnamon stick into your drinking cup. (it's better to put it directly into the cup so there's less mess and no need to clean up) 
  • Heat the 6 oz of water and let it boil up to 90 degrees celsius. 
  • Add the water into the cup with cinnamon. Let it steep for at least 10 minutes. 
  • Add the chamomile tea. 
  • Strain the tea leaves or remove the teabag. Sprinkle the turmeric powder.
  • Add honey or sugar (if you want to sweeten it up)
  • Stir with a spoon and enjoy your turmeric and cinnamon tea!

Note: If you want a fast and simple way to prepare your turmeric cinnamon tea, you can try our Precious Gold latte powder! It’s a delightful blend of high-grade organic turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon powder to give you that unforgettable tea experience. 

2. Homemade cinnamon tea blend for weight loss

Are you trying to lose weight or burn some calories? Creating and drinking this cinnamon tea recipe might help! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder 
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder 

Directions: 

  • Heat the water and let it boil.
  • Add the cinnamon and black pepper powder to the cup. Add the honey and lemon juice as well. 
  • Pour the boiled water into the cup along with the other ingredients. 
  • Let the drink pass through a sieve and drink it while it's warm. 

3. Sweet cinnamon milk tea

Here is another delightful cinnamon tea blend that’s infused with milk! 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cinnamon sticks 
  • 3 black tea teabags 
  • 1 1/2 cup milk 
  • 3 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Put the water and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan.
  • Bring the water to a boil. 
  • Remove water from the heat. Add the black tea. 
  • Cover the pot and let it steep for 7 minutes. 
  • While steeping the tea, heat the milk inside a microwave or a saucepan until warm. 
  • After letting it steep, remove the tea bags and cinnamon sticks from the saucepan. 
  • Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. 
  • Pour the warmed milk into the mixture. 
  • Stir and serve. Enjoy! 

What are the side effects of cinnamon tea? 

Cinnamon tea is generally safe to consume, but cinnamon does contain the chemical coumarin. Drinking too much of it might lead to liver damage, low blood sugar, breathing problems, or even cancer. Remember to drink cinnamon tea in moderation. 

Can you drink cinnamon tea during pregnancy?

Fortunately, cinnamon is on the list of food and drinks pregnant women are allowed to have. However, it's still important to have cinnamon tea in moderation. Avoid overconsuming it so as not to cause any severe health complications. Also, there are still not enough guidelines for pregnant or lactating women when it comes to consuming cinnamon. 

 

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Experience the taste of cinnamon tea with Life of Cha! With our products, you will have a taste of cinnamon tea in ways like no other. We delightfully blended cinnamon with other ingredients to produce the best-tasting and healthiest teas. In fact, our Purify Coffee tea which is a great coffee alternative has an upcoming flavor that contains cinnamon! Stay tuned for more.

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