Cinnamon Tea

Friends, I don’t think we are ingesting enough cinnamon in our daily lives.  I’m certainly not, at least.  And I really can’t recall the last time I saw a friend sitting down with a nice bowl of cinnamon.

 

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What’s our problem?  It tastes rich and heady and is just the teensy tinsy-est bit of spice.  It gives desserts a warmth, it adds depth to fruit and can even be used in savory dishes like quiche or lamb.  Plus, cinnamon has, like, legitimate super powers.  Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have been revering cinnamon since forever – considering it a magic wand for ailments from colds to cramps.

 

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Here’s just a handful of what this cure-all can do:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
  • Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body.
  • Cinnamon has anti-fungal properties, and it’s been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.
  • Cinnamon can reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
  • Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
  • Honey and Cinnamon combined has been found to relieve arthritis pain.
  • When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
  • Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
  • Cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
  • Cinnamon has been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches and migraine relief.
  • Cinnamon can also help stabilize blood sugar (which is great for weight loss).

 

So, why are we not ingesting this by the barrel full?

Perhaps a barrel would be overkill …but, how’s about a lil’ ol’ teacup?  Try this awesome cinnamon tea on for size and let me know if you end up feeling like Superman.

 

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Cinnamon Tea
Recipe and Images by Souvlaki For The Soul

2 cups of water
3-4 cinnamon sticks
teabags
sugar
lemon (optional)
In a teapot or saucepan, combine the cinnamon sticks and water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 12-15 minutes. Bring back to a boil and pour into cups with a teabag. I like mine sweet so I add two teaspons of sugar (I know..my bad!). Also you may prefer your tea really strong. In that case use 2 teabags. Lemon is entirely optional.