Potential cinnamon side effects are likely not the first things that come to your mind as you savor a steamy, delicious mug of cinnamon tea. But, as with each of the teas and herbal tisanes in your tea cupboard, it's important to stay informed about possible risks and side effects associated with cinnamon tea.
Brewing and enjoying a cup of herbal tea is such a natural part of our day that we don't tend to think of herbs and spices as active ingredients that can have related risks or even contraindications for some of us.
Whether cinnamon tea is an old favorite or you've yet to try this wonderful herbal tea, take a few moments to learn more about possible cinnamon side effects.
Very high quantities of cinnamon may be toxic, so, as a general rule, it's best not to consume excessive amounts of cinnamon tea for extended periods of time. The NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) indicates that cinnamon is generally safe for most people in amounts of up to 6 grams of cinnamon daily for 6 weeks or less.
As with any tea that is new to you, take your time in getting to know cinnamon tea, and watch for any cinnamon side effects you may be experiencing. If your nose runs, your eyes itch and water, or you break out in a rash after drinking cinnamon tea, you may have an allergy to cinnamon.
Other symptoms of a cinnamon allergy can include insomnia, shortness of breath, upset stomach, hives, or a slightly swollen throat, tongue, or lips. If you think you might have a cinnamon allergy, your healthcare professional can provide allergy testing to determine your tolerance for cinnamon. (Keep in mind that your allergy may be to one type of cinnamon - e.g. cassia, rather than Ceylon, cinnamon.)
Cinnamon tea is so well-known for its ability to regulate blood-sugar levels and, as such, consuming large amounts of cinnamon tea may interfere with diabetic medication or any other prescribed medication or herbal remedy you are currently taking to help manage your blood sugar.
Cinnamon tea has blood-thinning effects, too, so, if you're taking any herbal, over-the-counter, or prescription blood thinners, such as anticoagulants (like warfarin) or anti-platelets (such as aspirin), it's possible that cinnamon tea may interact with your treatment. Please ask your healthcare provider about potential cinnamon tea risks if you have any sort of bleeding disorder or concern.
If you are considering adding cinnamon tea to your routine to help manage a certain condition or health concern, it's essential that you don't adjust your current treatment without checking with your healthcare provider first.
In general, cinnamon herbal tea is a safe, beneficial choice for most healthy adults - and this tea is chock full of benefits for physical, emotional, and mental health! Cinnamon has been valued for centuries not only for its soothing, yet exotic, taste and fragrance, but also for the countless ways this spice can help and heal us.
However, if you plan to add large amounts of cinnamon tea to your daily routine for any reason (such as helping to manage a specific health condition or concern, or to support your weight-loss goals), please be sure to schedule a visit to your herbal practitioner or healthcare provider first, and ask him or her about the benefits and safety of cinnamon tea for you.