Cinnamon Tea Recipe

Tea and a cinnamon stick.
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  • Prep Time
    3 min
  • Cook Time
    3 min
  • Total Time
    6 min
  • Yield
    1 cup of tea

Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices. It has a delicious, naturally sweet flavor that many people love.

Cinnamon has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda for a variety of health conditions from indigestion to colds. It's also said to have other health benefits.

In traditional Chinese medicine, Cassia cinnamon is used for colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual periods. It's also believed to improve energy, vitality, and circulation and be particularly useful for people who tend to feel hot in their upper body but have cold feet.

In Ayurveda, cinnamon is used as a remedy for diabetes, indigestion, and colds, and it is often recommended for people with the kapha Ayurvedic type.

It's a common ingredient in chai tea, and it is believed to improve the digestion of fruit, milk and other dairy products.

Although many people like to simply sprinkle cinnamon on oatmeal or apple slices, having cinnamon in tea is another option. You can find cinnamon in chai tea, or you can make your own cinnamon tea using this recipe.

Safety of Cinnamon

People taking diabetes medication or any medication that affects blood glucose or insulin levels shouldn't take therapeutic doses of cinnamon unless they're under a doctor's supervision. Taking them together may have an additive effect and cause blood glucose levels to dip too low.

Also, people who have been prescribed medication to manage their blood sugar should not reduce or discontinue their dose and take cinnamon instead, especially without speaking with a doctor. Improperly treated diabetes can lead to serious complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and nerve damage.

Pregnant women should avoid excessive amounts of cinnamon and shouldn't take it as a supplement.


  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 regular or decaffeinated black tea bag
  • erythritol, stevia, or another sweetener, to taste (optional)
  • Substitutions: Instead of black tea, you can substitute rooibos tea or honeybush tea.


1. Place the cinnamon stick in a cup.

2. Add the boiling water and steep covered for 10 minutes.

3. Add the teabag. Steep for one to three minutes.

4. Sweeten to taste, if desired.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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