Cinnamon herbal tea is an ideal tea to begin with if you're delving into the world of making teas from herbs and spices you have on hand.
A most beloved spice around the world, cinnamon is a favorite in sweet and savory dishes, and makes a delicious and exceptionally beneficial tea, as well. So simple and rewarding to make from scratch, cinnamon tea is a comforting, rejuvenating brew whether enjoyed hot or iced.
If you are thinking of (or already love) making your own cinnamon herbal tea from ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks, here are some helpful tips for choosing, storing, and using 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), you may decide that the quality of Ceylon cinnamon makes it worth the extra effort and expense to find and purchase (especially if you drink cinnamon herbal tea regularly).
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 health-food or specialty foods shop (local or online) if you would like to try Ceylon cinnamon.
Once you've brought your cinnamon home, ensuring it's stored properly will enhance its taste and boost its shelf-life, too.
Both cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon keep best and last longer when stored in a sealed glass container in a dark, dry, cool spot (like a refrigerator). This will help to keep cinnamon fresh and potent for a long time.
If you prefer to grind or grate a cinnamon stick when you're making cinnamon herbal tea, use a spice grater or grinder, mortar and pestle, or coffee grinder. Grind just as much as you need to ensure fresh ground cinnamon for each cup of tea and, if you use a coffee grinder for spices, why not keep a separate grinder just for this task?
And, keep in mind that cassia cinnamon sticks are thicker and harder than Ceylon sticks, so they may not grate or grind easily.
Cinnamon herbal tea is soothing and beneficial and, 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 beloved herbal tea.
If you're craving some comforting, aromatic cinnamon tea, try this simple recipe to make your own hot or iced cinnamon tea from scratch. Cinnamon tea is also a perfect base for a delectable, nourishing tea smoothie.
And, as with any new tea you're thinking of adding to your tea routine, have a chat with your natural healthcare practitioner about cinnamon tea for you (and you can learn more about some cinnamon tea precautions on our Cinnamon Side Effects page, too).
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