Tea Tuesday: Champion Cinnamon

Fall is quickly approaching, and the cooler weather is perfect for trying new and interesting tea blends! There are several flavors out there that match our fall cravings, but the one that we usually go for the most is Cinnamon.

Cinnamon has been used for centuries, but no one knew where it came from until the Portuguese discovered it in 1518 in hungry-history-cinnamons-spicy-history-ECeylon, which is now known as Sri Lanka. The Portuguese controlled the expensive spice until 1638, when the natives sided with the Dutch to overthrow their Portuguese occupiers. The spice was then controlled by the Dutch, who ruled the natives as payment for their military service, and it wasn’t until 1784 when the British swooped in and claimed Ceylon for themselves. By 1800, Cinnamon was no longer an expensive spice since it was being cultivated in other parts of the world, and other delicacies, like chocolate, were beginning to take its place.

But why was cinnamon such a valued commodity? I’m glad you asked!

Besides it’s exotic and spicy flavor, Cinnamon has some really incredible benefits. It’s full of potent antioxidants, and it’s been suggested that just one teaspoon of ground cinnamon has as many antioxidants as 1/2 cup of blueberries. It’s also been suggested that cinnamon is the second most powerful antioxidant in the world, but I have been unable to verify that for sure.

Besides being an antioxidant, cinnamon tea will help lower bad cholesterol, regulates your blood sugar, improves circulation, helps reduce the pain of arthritis or rheumatism, increases insulin function, and  boosts your immune system.

Those are all pretty amazing benefits, but I haven’t even hit the good stuff yet! Cinnamon tea has been used as a possible cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The cause of IBS is unknown, but many believe it to be an alteration or infection in the colon. Cinnamon is perfect for this because it has high anti-bacterial, anti-viral and antiseptic properties. This combination soothes and heals up the stomach and intestines, and you can even use cinnamon tea to help heal those stubborn ulcers.

cinnamon-appleAs if the physical benefits weren’t enough, Cinnamon has some mental benefits as well! Just the smell of cinnamon can boost your energy levels, increase your romance, boost your brain function, and improve your overall mood. It’s spicy flavor can even warm you up when you’re feeling chilled. Hows that for multitasking?

If you’d love to try this wonderful tea for yourself, here are a few great recipes to get you started! For the best results, I recommend getting some organic sticks from your local health food store. To learn more about this amazing spice, check out The Tea TalkCinnamon Vogue, and the History Channel. The photos are from History Channel and MD Health.

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