Cinnamon Tea with Homemade cinnamon powder

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Hello friends as I promised in yesterday mixture bites recipe post I’m back with Cinnamon Tea recipe for today. As you know I’m from Sri Lanka & its place where top quality Ceylon Cinnamon comes from. When going through my blog I though OMG, why didn’t I make a post for this beneficial drink to you as the first drink recipe that I’m sharing.

The popular spice is delicious whereas proving many health benefits to us. It create from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree, then sun dries to turn into curls, known as cinnamon sticks or quills. It contains a distinctive flavor and aroma, which used in worldwide different culinary cuisines. Actually there are two main types of cinnamon in the word & they called as Cassia Cinnamon and Ceylon Cinnamon.

Cassia Cinnamon which comes from Cinnamomum cassia tree (Cinnamomum aromaticum) origins from Southern China. It has a dark brown-red color with thicker sticks and a rougher texture than Ceylon cinnamon. Compared to Ceylon cinnamon cassia consider as low quality ingredient even it is the most common variety. Moreover cassia Contains Coumarin, which can be toxic in large doses, so if you do use lot of cinnamon (over1-2 tsp as per a daily) it’s recommended to choose Ceylon cinnamon.

Ceylon Cinnamon or “true cinnamon” which comes from Cinnamomum verum tree or Cinnamomum Zeylanicum tree origins from Sri Lanka & south India provide the highest-grade pure cinnamon. Tan-brown colored cinnamon mostly coming to market from Sri Lanka as the world’s largest producer and exporter. Contains tight sticks with soft layers in Ceylon cinnamon process through skillful unique technique that has been handed over generations. Characteristic favorable Ceylon cinnamon labeled as ‘Pure Ceylon Cinnamon’ as a global brand in the international market.

With growing concerns about health hazards associated with synthetic flavoring agents in the food industry & in pharmaceutical preparations and in the cosmetics industry considered as a valuable product which is good for overall health.

In this post I’m going to discuss three main topic of cinnamon whether if it to be Cassia or Ceylon cinnamon & those topics are;

  • Cinnamon Tea Recipe
  • Homemade cinnamon powder recipe
  • Health benefits of cinnamon
Cinnamon Tea Recipe
Ingredients for the Cinnamon Tea (for one serving):
  1. 1 cinnamon stick (better if it’s a Ceylon cinnamon)
  2. Boiling water 1 cup
  3. Optional: 1 tea bag (regular or decaffeinated black tea or herbal tea)
  4. Optional: honey ½ tsp
Notes:
  • Personally I like to have bare Cinnamon Tea without any other tea for this, do as you please. If you are using tea make sure to use quality tea brand.
  • Sometimes cinnamon tend to be sweeter, so after water infused with cinnamon do taste & then add honey if its needed.
Steps to make the cinnamon tea
  1. Place the cinnamon stick in a mug or a small kettle.
  2. Add the boiling water and steep the cinnamon stick tea, covered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Put the tea bag in if you are using here, let it covered for two additional minutes. Remove the teabag and cinnamon stick.
  4. Do taste, add honey if needed after tea cool down a bit.
  5. Enjoy while it warm.

Most of the time I making cinnamon tea using homemade cinnamon powder, it’s easy make only need two minutes to make a tea. If you do have quality cinnamon sticks check the next topic to make cinnamon powder at your home. For that way you will need;

  • Cinnamon powder ½ tsp
  • Boiling water 1 cup
  • (Optional) Honey ½ tsp
  1. In a mug add cinnamon powder, pour hot water to that.
  2. Stir it well, cover the mug & set aside for 2 minutes.
  3. Do taste, add honey if needed after tea cool down a bit.
  4. Enjoy while it warm.

For fat burning to lose weight you can have this drink empty stomach early in the morning & have another one before going to bed. Effective Cinnamon Tea helping in many ways to our health, to get detailed idea scroll through the last topic section.

Beyond potential health benefits, a cup of Cinnamon Tea can be a delicious addition to your regular tea rotation. Still, overdoing it can lead to excessive intake of Coumarin if you use such cinnamon species as Cinnamomum cassia as I mentioned earlier on. Check cinnamon twice before you using for making tea & if you’re unsure of how much you should be drinking, consult your health care provider before adding it to your diet.

They are saying that cinnamon quills with perfect curls in made out from 3rd or 4th bark has second in quality. Reason for that is it contain less oil of cinnamon which conquer less benefits. Most of the time we can easily found them at grocery market & all the time I used this type. The other first quality cinnamon sticks are imperfect shaped sticks which cannot hold quill shape like other one. Because it made from 1st or 2nd layer bark of tree & has thickness to each one. It contain more oil contain providing much benefits to us. If you can find first quality Ceylon cinnamon sticks for making tea to get benefits more.

Before adding honey to cinnamon tea you can refrigerate it, so that you can have refreshing cold remedy. Just about serve in cold magical drink you can add the honey & enjoy.

Cinnamon powder recipe
Ingredients
  • Cinnamon sticks ½ cup
  • (Optional) Brown sugar 1 tbsp

 

Steps to make the homemade cinnamon powder
  1. Dry roast cinnamon in a pan for 2 minutes on low flame after breaking the sticks into small parts.
  2. Switch off the flame and transfer roasted cinnamon to a plate to cool downs a bit. Actually that’s not necessary because cinnamon won’t be too hot the way we roasted.
  3. Put them on a grinder jar or a food processor about 30 to 40 seconds to have nice powder. You can make it easier to grind adding 1 tbsp of brown sugar to the jar, but I don’t do it; because I want to have natural mild flavor & touch of sweetness in the powder. If you making for preparing tea, go ahead & add sugar that way you don’t want to stirring honey.
  4. To get a very fine cinnamon powder, Sieve the mixture through a sifter.
  5. Store in an airtight jar in a cool, dry place.
  6. Homemade Cinnamon powder is ready to use.

You can make cinnamon powder in larger quantities & keep them in a refrigerator. That can be used within three months for best results. But I’m recommending you to make a small batch for once, that way the aroma & the flavor will be secured very well. There isn’t anything like freshly ground ingredients to bring out the flavor to foods, so do prefer anyway that you are comfortable with. 

Health benefits of Cinnamon

Ceylon and cassia likely have slightly different health properties because of essential oil ratios content of them. Cinnamon provide many beneficial compounds that may offer various health benefits, including aiding weight loss, improving heart health, alleviating menstrual cramps, and reducing inflammation and blood sugar levels especially having cinnamon as a tea.

Here are the well-known health benefits from cinnamon;

  1. Loaded with antioxidants

Cinnamon tea contains lots of antioxidants, which are beneficial compounds that help keep you healthy from dieses like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease by increasing your body’s ability to fight off free radicals.

2. Lowers inflammation and may improve heart health

Cinnamon immensely beneficial because of its compounds decrease inflammation & that inflammation is thought to be at the root of many chronic diseases, including heart disease. It also reduce blood pressure, as well as triglyceride and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Moreover cinnamon may increase levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, which helps improve your heart health by removing excess cholesterol from your blood vessels

3. May help reduce blood sugar

Cinnamon provide powerful anti-diabetic effects by lowering blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, and thereby increasing insulin’s effectiveness. These effects may offer protection against type 2 diabetes.

4. May promote weight loss

Cinnamon intake to fat loss or reductions, but this beverage which make using Cassia Cinnamon that contain dangerously high levels of Coumarin cause health issues. Use quality cinnamon per dosage so that it won’t affect the body functioning. But they are saying more research is needed to confirm whether any weight loss benefits occur at lower dosages, such as those found in cinnamon tea.

5. Fights off bacteria and fungi

Cinnamon has some potent antibacterial and antifungal properties that can prevents the growth of various bacteria, fungi, and molds which can cause illness in humans. They may also help freshen your breath and prevent tooth decay.

.6. May reduce menstrual cramps and other PMS symptoms

Cinnamon tea help make some menstrual symptoms, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and dysmenorrhea, more bearable. It may also help reduce menstrual bleeding, as well as nausea and vomiting during menstruation. Drinking cinnamon tea make less menstrual pain but doesn’t a pain relief like pain-relieving drug do.

7. May fight skin aging

Studies show that cinnamon may promote collagen formation and increase skin elasticity and hydration— all of which may reduce the appearance of aging.

8. May have anticancer properties.

Test-tube research has observed that cinnamon extracts may help kill certain types of cancer cells, including skin cancer cells.

9. May help preserve brain function.

Test-tube and animal research suggests that cinnamon may protect brain cells from Alzheimer’s disease and improve motor function in those with Parkinson’s disease.

10. May help fight HIV.

Test-tube studies report that cinnamon extracts may help fight the most common strain of the HIV virus in humans.

11. May reduce acne.

Test-tube research suggests that cinnamon extracts can fight bacteria that cause acne.

Health information Resource:

For more information about Ceylon cinnamon:

Do try this beneficial powerful beverage at you home whether you enjoy Cinnamon Tea warm or cold, it’s definitely a beverage worth trying. You can get start with having healthy drink using Ceylon cinnamon which acquired long standing reputation in the international market.  Let me know once you make cinnamon tea & how it effective to you?

Again with another recipe I will see you soon guys,Bye!

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