Tips for the Perfect Cup of Cinnamon Herbal Tea

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.

Buying Cinnamon 

Which Type of Cinnamon is Best for Cinnamon Herbal 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.

Tips for making cinnamon tea

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. 

When buying cinnamon for your favorite tea recipe, keep in mind that cassia cinnamon contains higher levels of a naturally occurring ingredient called coumarin, which may be harmful in large doses for some people. Ask your healthcare provider if therapeutic amounts of cinnamon are safe for you.

Other Tips for Buying Cinnamon

  • Let your senses guide you when choosing cinnamon. Inhale deeply - does it smell fresh, sweet, and deeply rich? Take a small taste if you can - is it sweet and spicy, with a bit of a bite? If not, move on.
  • If you can, buy organic cinnamon. The "certified organic" label ensures your cinnamon hasn't been irradiated and no toxic ingredients have been added during harvesting or processing. 
  • If you plan to drink cinnamon herbal tea regularly (for example, if you are including it as a part of your overall weight management plan), be sure to not only select the best quality cinnamon you can - but also choose cinnamon that tastes good to you!

Storing Cinnamon

  • Wondering how to store cinnamon? A good way to store cinnamon is in a sealed glass container in a dark, dry, cool spot - like your refrigerator. This will keep your cinnamon fresh and potent for a long time.
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  • Cinnamon quills have a longer shelf life than ground cinnamon, so discard unused ground cinnamon after about six months and cinnamon sticks after a year. (Both will last longer if stored in the refrigerator.)

Using Cinnamon

  • To grind or grate a cinnamon stick, use a spice grater or grinder, mortar and pestle, or coffee grinder.
  • Keep in mind that cassia cinnamon sticks are thicker and harder than Ceylon sticks - so they may not grate or grind easily!
  • Grind just as much as you need to ensure fresh ground cinnamon for each cup of tea.
  • If you use a coffee grinder for spices, consider keeping a separate grinder just for this task.
  • Try this simple, delicious cinnamon stick tea recipe

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.

More about Cinnamon Tea Benefits

Benefits of Cinnamon Tea - Learn more about the many ways this fragrant herbal tea benefits physical and emotional health and wellness!

Cinnamon Tea Benefits & You! - If you love cinnamon tea's benefits for health and wellness, we'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions about this delicious tea! Read what other visitors to our site have to say about cinnamon tea benefits, too.

Cinnamon Tea Recipe - A quick, easy cinnamon tea recipe for when you're craving a cup of this comforting tea. You'll find some tips for making the perfect cup of cinnamon herbal tea here.

Organic Cinnamon Tea - Some of the reasons why organic cinnamon tea is a safe, healthy choice for you and for the environment, too.

Cinnamon Side Effects - Stay informed about possible cinnamon tea side effects, risks, and contraindications.

Cinnamon and Weight Loss - Cinnamon tea may be a positive addition to your overall weight-loss plan.

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