Making the perfect cup of cinnamon herbal tea is easy - but to ensure a sublime taste, keep these few points in mind when you purchase and store cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon for tea.
Cinnamon is made from the bark of the Cinnamon tree, which is dried and then rolled into sticks (or "quills") or ground into powder. Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon are the most well-known and available types of cinnamon.
Ceylon cinnamon, which is considered "true" or "real" cinnamon, is produced in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and Seychelles from only the inner bark of the Cinnamomum verum tree.
Cassia (or "imitation") cinnamon is produced mainly in Indonesia, China, India, and Vietnam from the inner and outer bark of the Cinnamomum aromaticum tree. The two trees are related, but there are some differences between these two cinnamons.
While cassia cinnamon is less costly and easier to find (especially in North America), the quality of Ceylon cinnamon makes it worth the extra effort and expense - especially if you drink cinnamon herbal tea regularly for its many health benefits.
Ceylon cinnamon is sweeter and lighter in color, with a more subtle aroma than cassia cinnamon. If you buy Ceylon cinnamon sticks, you will find they are softer, smoother, and a bit more crumbly than cassia sticks.
Since your local grocery store may only carry cassia cinnamon, check your local health-food or specialty foods shop if you would like to try Ceylon cinnamon. Online sites such as Amazon are other good sources for Ceylon cinnamon.
When you buy cinnamon tea, the type (or types) of cinnamon used should be included in the description. If no type is listed, it's most likely cassia cinnamon.
Cinnamon tisane or tea is aromatic, comforting, and has so many health benefits. Whether your tea is pure cinnamon or a delicious blend with cinnamon as one of the star ingredients, you and your home will feel just a little bit warmer when you brew a cup or a pot of this spicy, beloved herbal tea.
Be sure to check with your healthcare provider before drinking therapeutic doses of cinnamon herbal tea (especially if you are taking any prescription medications or if you're pregnant or nursing). You can learn more about potential side effects, risks, and contraindications associated with cinnamon on our Cinnamon Side Effects page.