Cinnamon originates from Sri Lanka, but as time went by and people learned more about its usefulness, it started being cultivated it in other parts of the world as well. Cinnamon is a spice with long history of use in traditional medicine and cuisine. It’s very sweet yet appealingly spicy and very fragrant. Its unique aroma is often blended with others creating wonderful and exotic mixtures. For example, apple and cinnamon combination are unbelievably good.
Cinnamon can be used in several forms – oil, powder or whole stick. Cinnamon tea is made by simply letting several cinnamon stick pieces steep in boiling water for around ten minutes. It can also be made by simply adding a tea spoon of cinnamon powder to hot water and stirring it.
In addition to being a very tasty and refreshing drink, cinnamon tea is also very healthy. It helps with upkeep of your general wellbeing and can help fight of some of ailments you might be afflicted with. Following is a list of medicinal properties cinnamon tea possesses.
Cinnamon as an antioxidant agent
Cinnamon is naturally rich in antioxidant substances. This is good for your health because antioxidants keep the body safe from harmful effect of free radicals and acts as a preventive agent against many types of cancer. It’s especially good for smokers as cigarette smoke is a big producer of free radicals.
Cinnamon and indigestion
Indigestion is a big health issue and can cause constipation, stomach cramps or diarrhea, accompanied by a stomach ache or headache. Causes for indigestion are many and they vary from viral infections to eating spoiled food or food which is not cooked properly.
Catechins, which are a type of antioxidants present in cinnamon, can help ease stomach discomfort, gas, indigestion and bloating. Cinnamon helps with food digestion and reduction of acid reflux by reducing stomach acidity.
Cinnamon and irritable bowel syndrome
Cinnamon has a soothing effect on the stomach. This offers great relief to people who suffer from irritable bowels. Drinking tea will substantially reduce discomfort they may feel.
It is common knowledge that chocolate and milk exacerbate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. That’s why people who suffer from IBS should avoid these two types of food. But it’s just not fair for you not to be able to at least occasionally enjoy chocolate and milk, is it? If you get cravings for them and you just can’t help yourself, drinking cinnamon tea can help you ease symptoms of IBS after milk or chocolate consumption.
But be warned, you have to use true cinnamon tea! Cinnamon extracts are believed to lose many of cinnamon’s medicinal properties during their processing and same goes to low quality cinnamon teas which often have cinnamon bark in them.
Cinnamon and regulation of blood sugar levels
Many diabetics use cinnamon to help them regulate their blood sugar levels. Most of them end up using Ceylon cinnamon. That’s because there’s risk less known types and brands may contain high amounts of coumarin, which can lead to liver failure if taken in doses high enough.
Cinnamon and weight loss
Effect cinnamon has on changes in body mass hasn’t been researched in enough detail yet, but some people claim it helped them. Since no research gave results of cinnamon having reverse effects from those which are desired, we can assume that it can only help. Cinnamon accelerates the rate of metabolism, which may lead to weight reduction.
Cinnamon and its effect on memory and cognition
Cinnamon improves memory skills, cognitive abilities, alertness and motor-response speeds. Some scientists claim cinnamon scent itself is enough for noticeable changes in brain functions.
Cinnamon and blood circulation
Cinnamon is a blood thinner. It aids in betterment of blood circulation. Good blood flow improves metabolism and reduces pain. This is, however, not always a good thing. People who already use blood thinning medication and those who suffer from bleeding disorders should steer clear from cinnamon tea. It can lead to excessive bleeding, slower healing and stronger menstruation symptoms.
Cinnamon and cervical cancer
Water-soluble cinnamon extract was shown to inhibit the growth and spread of various types of cancer among which are lymphoma, melanoma, cervical and colorectal cancer. This might be because cinnamon reduces the level of sugar in the organism and cancer cells depend on sugar to grow and expand. This was, however, conducted in laboratories on strictly controlled cell cultures and it’s not confirmed in living human subjects.
Cinnamon and oral hygiene
Cinnamon is a great mouth freshener. It will keep your moth germ free and prevent tooth decay. It will also prevent gum disease thanks to its antibacterial and disinfecting properties.
But don’t forget to also brush your teeth or at least rinse your mouth with water because tea can stain your teeth. Also, don’t use sugar with cinnamon tea, it is common knowledge sugar is bad for teeth.
Cinnamon tea, flu and cold
As previously mentioned, cinnamon tea has antibacterial and disinfecting properties. This can help fight of flu and cold. However, extreme doses of cinnamon tea are required for it to actually take effect, which is not recommended. But, if you drink tea and take other measures to treat your flu or cold, it will surely help.
Cinnamon tea and menstruation discomfort
Cinnamon is a natural remedy capable of reducing menstruation discomfort. However, it should not be used by breast-feeding mothers and pregnant women although one cup a day should not pose a threat in most cases.
Large quantities of cinnamon may induce uterine contractions which could lead to miscarriage or early labor. In excessive amounts, it can also cause depression.