With its alluring aroma and tangy sweetness, cinnamon is a tropical medicine. Cinnamon comes from the tropical parts of Asia – Sri Lanka and India, where it was used for its healing properties as powder, oil or bars.
If the world would know the miraculous benefits of cinnamon tea, physicians and heart transplant surgeons would go out of service, gyms and skin rejuvenation companies would shut down, and those who cultivate cinnamon would become rich! For oriental countries, cinnamon is some kind of a miraculous oil, a natural source of health and wealth.
How to make cinnamon tea?
Cinnamon tea can be prepared from broken cinnamon sticks, soaked in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Tea can also be made from one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and a cup of hot water, well dissolved.
1. Cinnamon as an anti-oxidant
Anti-oxidants contained in cinnamon can greatly reduce the damage caused by free radicals in cigarette smoke. Add a pinch of cinnamon to a cup of black tea and you will get even more benefits. The use of cinnamon oil for tea is more efficient.
2. Increases cognition, alertness and memory power
Cinnamon boosts brain activity and increases visual-motor and auto-response speed, vigilance, memory and productivity level. This is due to cinnamon’s ability to control insulin levels. A recent study showed that cinnamon scent can stimulate the brain function. Specifically it was said to improve attention processes, virtual recognition memory, working memory, and visual-motor response speed.
3. Cure for Diabetes
Ceylon Cinnamon, grown only in Sri Lanka, has a very low Coumarin level – a substance found in other types of cinnamon, which taken in excess, can lead to liver failure and other liver damages. As a result, many diabetics have started taking cinnamon to control their blood sugar levels.
4. Help in heart disease
Cinnamon contains a lot of manganese, calcium, iron and fiber, but the effects are still debatable. However, it could still help those suffering from coronary artery disease and high blood pressure. Although there is no evidence that cinnamon has a beneficial effect on cholesterol, we know for sure that Manganese helps develop connective tissues, absorption of calcium, proper functioning of thyroid, sex hormones, regulating blood sugar level, and metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.
5. Purifies blood and stimulates circulation
Cinnamon is an effective blood thinner that improves blood circulation, reduces pain, increases metabolic rate and helps in losing weight. Cinnamon has anti-clotting properties, so it should not be taken in combination with other blood thinner medicines, since it can cause bleeding.
6. Helps losing weight
Cinnamon tea helps with weight loss, especially inregarding belly fat reduction. For some people, one cup of cinnamon tea, 2 times per day, during 4 months had great results.
7. Cures indigestion
Indigestion can cause stomach cramps, constipation or diarrhea, together with stomach ache or headaches. A substance called catechins, which is an anti-oxidant contained in cinnamon, helps relieve the stomach discomfort, bloating, gas or indigestion. Cinnamon helps digest food and reduces stomach acidity. For best results, is recommended to add a teaspoon of honey.
8. Effects on Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS keeps you in a constant state of discomfort, especially after a rich meal. Cinnamon tea calms the stomach, and effectively reduces the feeling of bloating and bowel infection, due to its natural disinfectant properties. Drinking cinnamon tea will also result in improved stomach, colon and lungs health.
9. Colon cancer
Cinnamon tea apparently improves the health of the colon and thereby reduces the risk of colon cancer. According to some studies, an extract of cinnamon added to water was shown to inhibit the growth and spread of various cancer cells: lymphoma, melanoma, cervical and colorectal cancer. This could be due to the fact that cinnamon reduces the level of sugar in your system, while research shows that cancer cells depend on sugar to grow and expand their numbers.
10 Mouth freshner
Drinking cinnamon tea without sugar will lead to a fresh feeling in the mouth. Cinnamon may also prevent tooth decay and gum disease because of its strong anti-bacterial and disinfecting properties. However, it’s important to remember to brush your teeth after drinking cinnamon tea, or at least rinse your mouth with water so the tea won’t stain your teeth.