Organic cinnamon tea is a healthy, safe, natural choice that is good for you and for the environment, as well.
Whether you make your own cinnamon tea or have a tried-and-true favorite cinnamon tea that your cupboard is never without, choosing organic cinnamon provides many benefits for you.
And, choosing organic helps to protect our planet for our children - and for their children, too. Here's how.
This means that no toxic or synthetic chemicals - such as fertilizers or pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides) - can be used by an organic cinnamon grower.
And, for the crop to be certified organic, none of these prohibited chemicals could have been used on the crops or land for at least three years prior to the organic harvest.
If the grower needs help with pest or weed management, he or she can only use farming practices and natural ingredients (such as crop rotation, beneficial insects, and composted manure) that have been approved by the organic certification organization.
Any processing organic cinnamon goes through is bound by similar rules. The processor is only allowed to use materials and processes approved by the organic certification body.
So, from prohibiting food irradiation (see more about irradiation below) to only allowing natural cleaning products on the processing equipment - and everything in between - the organic certifiers ensure that organic cinnamon remains organic while being processed.
Certified organic producers, processors, and packagers must regularly go through rigorous inspections conducted by trained independent inspectors. The inspectors pass the inspection results to the organic certification body, which will determine whether or not "certified organic" status will be granted.
The entire process is set up to protect and conserve our planet, and to ensure that when you purchase organic cinnamon, you'll know that what it says on the label is true and accurate and that you're buying safe, clean, healthy cinnamon.
Organic standards aren't only about what not to do - they're also about protecting, replenishing and maintaining our environment. Organic production promotes biodiversity and ecological balance, and helps to restore soil health. Organic growers and processors are required to use practices that will have the least possible impact on the environment.
A "GMO" (genetically modified organism) is an organism whose genetic material has been changed (this means genes have been deleted or added - often from another species).
And, many people question the genetic modification of food for ecological, economic, ethical, safety, and health reasons.
No GM (genetically modified) ingredients or products are allowed or approved by organic standards.
As such, organic cinnamon is not genetically modified and comes only from cinnamon trees that were grown from non-GM seeds.
Organic cinnamon and organic cinnamon tea can be found in many grocery stores. However, if you are searching for organic Ceylon cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon, you may need to go to a specialty food store or check online organic spice suppliers (you'll find a selection of organic Ceylon cinnamon - both sticks and ground - in The Tea Talk Shop here).
Once you've purchased some cinnamon for cinnamon tea, drop by our Cinnamon Herbal Tea page for some tips in selecting and storing cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon for tea.
And remember, "natural" and "organic" aren't necessarily the same thing. Even though a product labelled as "natural" may contain no artificial preservatives or ingredients, it may still have been produced and processed using harmful synthetic ingredients (like chemical fertilizers and pesticides) and processes (like irradiation).
Organic cinnamon tea is a healthy, safe choice with many health benefits. By choosing organic, you'll be doing your part to protect our planet for the generations to come, as well!