As fall arrives with its cooler mornings, there’s nothing more inviting than a warm cup of cinnamon tea. This addictively delicious beverage not only surpasses coffee in my morning routine but also offers a range of health benefits that are too good to ignore. Loaded with powerful antioxidants, cinnamon is considered a superfood that fights inflammation and protects your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. In fact, the polyphenols in cinnamon are so potent that they can be used as a natural food preservative. Combining the benefits of raw honey with cinnamon slows aging, strengthens vitality, and increases life expectancy. Join me as we explore the incredible benefits and simple recipes for cinnamon tea, as well as a bonus recipe for an ultra-moisturizing acne blast mask.
Benefits of Cinnamon:
Cinnamon is a powerhouse of health benefits. Let’s take a look at some of them:
1. Weight loss: Cinnamon raises metabolism, aiding in weight loss.
2. Blood sugar regulation: Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels, making it beneficial for individuals with diabetes or insulin resistance.
3. Improved brain health: Studies suggest that cinnamon can help improve and prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
4. Cancer prevention: The protective effects of cinnamon against cancer are well-documented.
5. Dental health: Cinnamon prevents tooth decay and promotes oral health.
6. Antimicrobial and antibacterial properties: Cinnamon fights against various harmful microbes and bacteria.
7. Respiratory health: Cinnamon is effective in fighting respiratory infections.
A Word of Caution:
When purchasing cinnamon, it is important to be aware that there are two main types available:
1) Ceylon Cinnamon or “true cinnamon” is tan/brown in color, milder in flavor, and harder to find. It is usually available at health food stores or online platforms like Amazon.
2) Cassia cinnamon is the most common variety sold in grocery stores and is likely the one you have in your spice cabinet. It is red in color, spicier, and more potent. Both varieties offer similar benefits, but cassia cinnamon contains a higher amount of coumarin. Coumarin at higher levels can be toxic and lead to liver failure. Therefore, when using cinnamon in supplement or oil form, ensure it is of the Ceylon variety. Cassia cinnamon should be consumed within the daily limit of 1 to 2 teaspoons of powdered cinnamon.
Recipe: Cinnamon Tea with Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks and Bay Leaves:
You can personalize your cinnamon tea depending on your preference. Here’s how I make mine:
– Tea kettle
– Filtered water
– 2 or 3 organic Ceylon cinnamon sticks
– 10 organic dried bay leaves
– A piece of organic ginger root (optional)
– Raw unfiltered local honey to taste
1. Fill the tea kettle with filtered water.
2. Add in two to three Ceylon cinnamon sticks, 8 to 10 bay leaves, and 1-inch pieces of ginger root.
3. Bring the water to a boil and turn off the heat.
4. Fill your glass mug and add raw honey to taste.
5. Sit back and enjoy the warmth and wellness of your cinnamon tea.
6. The next morning, reheat the leftover tea until it is gone. You can reuse the cinnamon stick in the next batch, just replace the bay leaves.
Alternative Recipe: Simplified Cinnamon Tea:
If you prefer a more simplified version, try this recipe:
– 1 to 3 cups of hot filtered water
– 4 teaspoons of raw honey (adjust to taste)
– 1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon powder (Ceylon)
1. Heat water in a coffee pot, kettle, or microwave.
2. Add in cinnamon powder and raw honey.
3. Stir thoroughly and drink immediately.
4. Remember to make a fresh batch daily for optimal flavor and benefits.
Bonus Recipe: Ultra Moisturizing Acne Blast Mask:
If you’re looking for a skincare treat, try out this ultra-moisturizing acne blast mask recipe:
– Clean face
– 1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon powder
– 1 tablespoon of raw honey
1. In a small bowl, mix the powdered cinnamon and honey.
2. Blend the ingredients well into a smooth paste.
3. Apply the mask to your clean face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
5. For optimal results, religiously use this mask 2 to 3 times a week to moisturize your skin or bid farewell to acne.
Cinnamon tea offers a delightful way to embrace the flavors and benefits of fall. With its antioxidant properties and numerous health benefits, this aromatic beverage is a must-try. Just remember to choose the right type of cinnamon, be cautious of the daily limits, and experiment with the recipes to make them your own. So, grab a cozy mug, savor every sip of cinnamon tea, and let it nourish your body and soul.
– Happy Fall Ya’ll from Hooser Health 🍂