The health benefits of Cinnamon tea are well-known in South and Southeast Asia.
One of the oldest known spices, cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka where it thrives in the hot moist climate. Cinnamon is naturally sweet with a delightfully spicy fragrance due to the essential oils found in its bark.
Cinnamon tea is usually a combination of the finest cinnamon from Sri Lanka and Chinese black teas. The resulting tea is a spicy delight with an aroma that will entice people in the next room to come in and ask you what you’re drinking.
Cinnamon tea makes a great after dinner beverage and goes well with fruit and pastries. Brew a big pot and the wonderful aroma will make your home seem warmer on even the chilliest night.
Cinnamon tea has a heavenly aroma with a wonderful flavor. It has a very subtle and mellow taste, but will turn deliciously spicy after adding some clove.
Cinnamon tea is what many would consider a “comfort tea”. Among some of the more well-known cinnamon tea benefits are the following:
- Improves circulation
- Eases cold symptoms
- Relieves stomach upsets
- Menstrual aid
Interesting things about Cinnamon tea, did you know that:
The name “cinnamon” was derived from the Arabic and Hebraic term “amomon” which means ‘fragrant spice plant’.
The Bible mentioned cinnamon as being one of the ingredients used by Moses in his anointing oils.
In ancient Greece, the value of 350 grams of cinnamon was said to have been equal to about 5 kilograms of silver.
In medieval times, cinnamon was widely used as a meat preserver due to its bacteria-fighting phenols. It was also valued for its strong aroma that masks the stench of rotting meat. The desire for cinnamon was one of the many reasons that led to the exploration expeditions of the 15th to 17th centuries.
In the 17th century, the Dutch had a monopoly of trade on cinnamon as they took possession of the island of Ceylon, then the world’s largest cinnamon producer. They would subsequently yield this monopoly to France when they were defeated in the Revolutionary Wars.
Ceylon black tea is widely used as the base on which to add bits and pieces of cinnamon bark to produce cinnamon tea. Ceylon tea is known to have a strong citrusy note & is typically taken with bread, jam and scones in England. Black tea and cinnamon are important products of the country of Sri Lanka and it doesn’t come as a surprise to have these two complement each other nicely.
Its believed to be quite rich in iron. Iron is the mineral responsible for the formation of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the red pigment in the blood that helps enable respiration of cells as it transports oxygen to the cells.
It has a high magnesium content. Magnesium is a water-insoluble mineral that aids in helps in forming healthy bones and teeth. It also may help reduce the severity of asthma attacks.