Cinnamon tea is an enjoyable beverage that may offer several health benefits. It comes from the cinnamon tree’s inner bark, that rolls as it dries out, which forms the popular cinnamon sticks. People steep the sticks in boiling water or transform it into a powder used to make the tea.
Before we proceed with the steps on how to make the cinnamon tea, we discuss first the benefits of drinking the tea. Some of you are aware that it is used to help lose weight, improve heart health, reduce inflammation, alleviate menstrual cramps, and lowers blood sugar levels.
Health Benefits of Cinnamon Tea
Enumerated below are some of the science-based benefits that you can get from taking cinnamon tea.
- Rich in Antioxidants – Cinnamon tea is rich in antioxidants that will keep you healthy and fit. Antioxidants can ward off oxidation due to free radicals that can damage the cells and make you sick like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
- Reduce Inflammation and Improves Heart Condition – A study shows that cinnamon may lower markers of inflammation. It is quite beneficial since inflammation is the root cause of chronic diseases such as heart diseases. Cinnamon can lower the cholesterol level and keep your blood pressure at normal.
- Reduces Blood Sugar – Cinnamon has a great impact on a person with diabetes, as it is effective in lowering the blood sugar levels. Its action is somewhat similar to insulin. It is the hormone that shuts the sugar out of your bloodstream.
- Promotes Weight Loss – It is popularly known as a weight-loss tea.
- Protection from Bacteria and Fungi – Cinnamon has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Its antibacterial effects can prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath.
- Reduces Menstrual Cramps – Cinnamon tea can ease menstrual symptoms like dysmenorrhea and PMS or premenstrual syndrome. It can make the pain more bearable. Menstrual bleeding, nausea, and vomiting are reduced during women’s monthly periods.
- May Fight Signs of Skin Aging – Cinnamon can promote collagen formation and increase hydration and skin elasticity, reducing skin aging signs. It will provide you a younger and healthier skin.
- Anticancer Properties – Some studies show cinnamon tea’s effectivity to eliminate certain types of cancer cells, and one of them is skin cancer cells.
- Preserve Brain Function – Cinnamon tea can help protect brain cells, protect against Alzheimer’s disease, and boost motor function for those who have Parkinson’s disease.
Besides the above benefits, cinnamon tea can also help deal with cough and sore throat.
Steps on How to Make Cinnamon Tea
There are three ways of preparing cinnamon tea – tea with cinnamon sticks, cinnamon and ginger tea, and cinnamon black tea. Choose the one that is convenient for you to prepare and the readily available one.
1. Tea with Cinnamon Sticks
This is the popular way of preparing cinnamon tea and the easiest to prepare.
What you need:
- One cinnamon stick
- 1 ½ cup of water
- Fine Strainer
Step #1 Pour Water and Add Cinnamon Stick
In a pot, pour the 1½ cup of water and add the cinnamon stick. Before placing the pot on the stove, make sure you have covered the pot with a lid. It is best to break the cinnamon stick into pieces to produce a stronger tea.
Step #2 Set the Burner to Medium-Low and Allow to Boil
It is recommended that you set the burner to medium-low to allow it to boil slowly. This is an effective way of extracting the flavor from the stick. The boiling may take around 15 to 25 minutes. Expect the water to turn pale yellow slowly, but it will darken as you continue to boil.
Step #3 Allow to Steep for 15 Minutes
Once the boiling is completed and extracted the flavor, remove it from the burner. Allow it to cool slightly to allow the cinnamon stick to release more of its flavor. Let the tea steep for 15 minutes without heat. You will now have a golden red color.
Step #4 Strain and Serve
After allowing the tea to steep, you can get the strainer and pour it into a mug or glass. The strainer will remove the bits of cinnamon stick. If you want to drink the tea hot, you can reheat it as it might cool down while straining it.
2. Cinnamon and Ginger Tea
If you want to add more flavor to your cinnamon tea, adding ginger tea is a good combination.
What you need:
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- 40g Peeled ginger
- Large saucepan
- 3 qt. Water
Step #1 Place Cinnamon, Water, and Ginger in a Saucepan
Add ginger, water, and cinnamon in a large saucepan. Cover and place it on the stove. Break the cinnamon sticks for stronger cinnamon.
Step #2 Let the Mixture Simmer
Set the fire at medium-low and allow the mixture to simmer slowly. Let it simmer for about an hour to make sure all the flavors are extracted from the cinnamon sticks and ginger. You know the tea is simmering if there are bubbles in the pot. Wait for the tea to come to a full boil.
Step# 3 Strain the Tea Mixture
After simmering it for an hour, turn off the fire. Get the strainer and strain the tea to separate the sticks and ginger tidbits.
Step #4 Serve and Add Honey
Pour the tea on the cups for serving. If you want, you can add some honey to taste. If the tea cools down while straining, you can reheat it to serve hot.
3. Cinnamon Black Tea
The easiest way to prepare cinnamon tea is by using a tea bag. You can buy a tea bag in your favorite supermarket.
What you need:
- Cinnamon sticks
- Tea bags
Step #1 Add Boiling Water and Cinnamon Sticks
In a mug, place the cinnamon sticks. Pour boiling water on it until the sticks are fully submerged.
Step #2 Cover the Mug and Allow to Steep
Tightly cover the mug to allow the mixture to steep for ten minutes. Steeping will allow the cinnamon stick to release its flavor.
Step #3 Add Tea Bag and Allow to Steep Again
After 10 minutes of steeping the cinnamon sticks, add the tea bag into the mug and let it steep again for another three to five minutes. You use a decaffeinated or regular black tea. You can use other types of tea if you don’t want black tea.
Step #4 Add Sweetener and Serve
After a few minutes, remove the tea bag and the cinnamon sticks from the mug. You can add a sweetener to your preference and drink immediately.
If you have some leftover, you can place it in a sealed container to preserve the flavor. You can reheat it in a microwave. In reheating, set it on high for 10 seconds. You can repeat reheating it if it is still not hot enough for you.
Adding flavor or combining other drinks on your cinnamon tea is possible. Just make sure it will complement the taste of the cinnamon.
If you haven’t tried cinnamon tea yet, you can try it now. Preparing it is easy, and you can add a variation on the beverage to make it more tasteful. It is a healthy drink with antioxidants and has several health benefits.
The cinnamon tea is not just an ordinary drink as it has antibacterial and antifungal properties that are quite helpful in dealing with bacteria. It keeps your cholesterol and blood pressure at a normal level.
You can serve the drink hot or cold, depending on your preference. Drinking it twice a day can provide you many health benefits, keeping you healthy and energized all day long. Make it a habit to drink cinnamon tea. You will not regret it.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.