Potential cinnamon side effects are likely not the first things that come to mind as you savor a spicy mug of cinnamon tea... But, as with each of the teas and herbal tisanes in your tea cupboard, it's important to stay abreast of any precautions and possible concerns associated with cinnamon tea.
Brewing and enjoying a cup of herbal tea is such a natural part of our day, and we don't tend to think of herbs and spices as active ingredients that may not be the best choice for each of us. Whether cinnamon tea is an old favorite or you've yet to try this fragrant, warming tea and enjoy its many wellness benefits, take a few moments to learn more about possible cinnamon side effects and precautions.
In general, cinnamon tea is considered a safe beverage for most healthy adults. If you're new to cinnamon tea, take your time in getting to know this herbal tea, and watch for any cinnamon side effects you may be experiencing. As with any spicy, warming food or beverage, too much cinnamon tea may be slightly irritating to the lips and mouth or result in tummy troubles or mild heartburn.
Some people experience allergic reactions to cinnamon, so watch for signs that this tea may not be a good fit for you (such as a runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, rash, hives, upset stomach, or sleep troubles). If you're wondering about your tolerance for cinnamon, why not ask your natural healthcare practitioner about allergy testing?
As with any tea, use good common sense when enjoying cinnamon tea. Don't drink tea that is harmfully hot, and consume cinnamon tea in moderation (sources suggest that cinnamon is generally considered safe for most people in amounts of up to 6 grams of cinnamon daily for 6 weeks or less).
Have a chat with your healthcare provider about cinnamon tea if you are being treated for any condition or taking any herbal remedies or medications (such as diabetes or blood-thinning medication, or medication for hormone-related concerns), as cinnamon may impact the efficacy of these medications. If you are considering consuming cinnamon tea for its weight-management benefits or for support in managing a particular wellness concern, don't adjust your current treatment plan without checking with your primary care provider first.
And, if you enjoy cinnamon tea regularly and you have a scheduled medical or dental surgery coming up, ask your surgeon or healthcare provider if you should avoid cinnamon tea (with its blood-thinning properties) until after your surgery.
Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon are the most well-known and available types of cinnamon. (Learn more about Ceylon and cassia cinnamon on our Cinnamon Herbal Tea Tips page.)
Cassia cinnamon contains varying levels of "coumarin," a naturally occurring compound. Research suggests that coumarin, if consumed regularly in significant quantities, could potentially be harmful for the liver, leading to or exacerbating liver concerns. If you are being treated for a liver condition, please avoid excessive amounts of cinnamon tea made with cassia cinnamon until you have consulted with your primary care provider about cinnamon side effects and cinnamon tea for you.
Some sources suggest that significant amounts of cinnamon (more than would be used normally in cooking and baking) should be avoided during pregnancy (in case it may potentially increase the risk of miscarriage). Rosemary Gladstar says in her wonderful book, Medicinal Herbs, "while (cinnamon) may be useful to help encourage a late menstrual flow, it's not recommended in large amounts in the early stages of pregnancy." If you're expecting a little one or planning to fall pregnant, consult with your primary care provider about herbal use (including cinnamon tea and cinnamon side effects) during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
If you make cinnamon tea from ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks, keep tea supplies well out of reach of any little ones. If an infant or small child ingests a mouthful of cinnamon, there could be a risk of serious irritation, burning, or swelling of the lips, mouth, and throat, particularly if he or she has an allergy to cinnamon.
There are so many reasons why we love cinnamon tea... deliciously spicy, warming, and so beneficial for physical, mental, and emotional wellness, this herbal tea makes a lovely addition to your tea routine whether enjoyed hot or iced.
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To ensure you're making the best tea choices, stay informed not only about the benefits, but also about any precautions associated with the teas in your tea stash.
Especially if you're considering adding cinnamon tea to your daily routine for support with weight management or a specific wellness concern, be sure to visit your herbal practitioner or another qualified healthcare professional first, and ask her or him about cinnamon tea (including potential cinnamon tea side effects) for you.
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