Cinnamon Teas for Winter Complaints

Or Cooling Summertime Goodness

Cinnamon tea is a warming and healing drink. Simply brewing it up and sipping it as you would any other tea gives a host of benefits. Cinnamon acts as a natural antibacterial and antimicrobial agent in the body, which may help to explain why it’s been regarded for its medicinal value for many centuries. Employing a natural spice like cinnamon can help further the process of natural healing. Next time you are out, pick up organic cinnamon sticks to have them handy for when you need them.

Cinnamon Choices

I highly recommend giving Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) a try. Unlike ordinary cassia cinnamon you find in the stores, Ceylon cinnamon has low coumarin levels, so it is easier on your liver, especially if you are a regular cinnamon tea drinker. Additionally, Ceylon cinnamon is mild, yet slightly sweeter. It’s not spicy like store bought cassia cinnamon, but has hints of cloves and citrus with wonderful subtle aroma. Ceylon cinnamon is subtle and creates a more complex flavor. You would never know there is Ceylon cinnamon in these teas, unlike cassia cinnamon which tends to be harsh and immediately makes its presence felt.

For more information on identifying cinnamon, read this article:

Decaffeinated Option-Red Raspberry Leaf

Red Raspberry Leaf TeaFor those that prefer decaffeinated teas or those that want to drink their tea in the evenings, try Raspberry Leaf. Raspberry leaf is probably my favorite herb and definitely my most consumed herb when it comes to teas. It has an amazing nutrient profile and a gentle taste similar to regular black tea but without the caffeine. Additionally, it is one of the FEW herbals that is widely accepted as safe for pregnant and nursing mothers (however, use only under a professional healthcare provider’s direction).

Raspberry leaf is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b-vitamins which make it helpful for nausea, leg cramps, and improving sleep. The specific combination of nutrients in raspberry leaf makes it extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system. And the high concentration of Vitamin C in raspberry leaf makes it an asset during illness.

Please Note: Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Red raspberry might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use red raspberry leaves.


“Adult Cough” Cinnamon Tea

Adapted from Vintage Remedies

Makes 1 serving

1 cup boiling water
1 tbsp. honey
2 slices lemon
1 cinnamon stick, broken
3 whole cloves
2 slices ginger root
2 tbsp. bourbon or other whiskey

Combine the honey with the hot water until well dispersed. Squeeze the lemon slice into the water, then drop it into the cup. Add the spices and whiskey, swirling to combine. Consume hot.


Chai Latte Tea Soother

Adapted from Wellness Mama

Makes 8 servings

4 cups water
4 cups coconut milk
8 tea bags OR 1/2 cup loose leaf black tea OR 1/2 cup red raspberry leaf tea
8 thin slices of fresh ginger root OR 1/2 tsp. dried ginger root
6 cinnamon sticks, broken
8-10 whole cloves or 1/4-1/2 tsp. clove powder
3 cardamom pods or 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Optional: 1 tbsp. chamomile flowers and 1/2 tsp. dried fennel seeds

  1. Put water in crock pot and add herbs and spices bound into a cloth bag or reusable tea bag.
  2. Cook on high for 2-2.5 hours or on low for up to 6 hours. Add milk or coconut milk and stir until heated.
  3. Serve plain or topped with real whipped cream or the cream from a can of coconut milk.

Try this tea chilled and blended with ice and 2 tbsp. coconut oil for a delicious iced version.


Cinnamon-Ginger Cold Relief Tea

Adapted from The Viet Vegan

Makes 2 servings

2 inches of ginger, sliced thinly
1 tsp. ground cinnamon or 3 cinnamon sticks
3-6 garlic cloves (depending on size), sliced thinly
2 cups water
2 lemons, juiced
2 heaping tbsp. of raw honey
Optional: 1 scant tsp. turmeric

  1. In a kettle or a covered pot, boil ginger, cinnamon (or cinnamon sticks), and sliced garlic for about 15 minutes.
  2. In the cups, stir together the lemon juice and raw honey until the honey has dissolved.
  3. Pour 1 cup of the boiled and strained ginger and garlic into the two cups full of lemon and honey.
  4. If you are using turmeric add a scant ½ tsp to each cup and stir quickly. Drink immediately and wash the cup as soon as possible because the turmeric will stain the cup.
  5. Drink both servings if you are really sick.


Scratchy Sore Throat Cinnamon Milk Tea

Adapted from

Makes 1 serving

1 cup milk (cow’s milk or almond, coconut or rice milk)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
1 tbsp. honey

Heat milk on low until hot but not boiling. Stir in the cinnamon and ginger. Add honey to sweeten it.


Vanilla-Cinnamon Tea #1

Makes 1 serving

1 cup boiling water
1 tea bag OR 1 tbsp. loose leaf black tea OR 1 tbsp. red raspberry leaf tea
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. sugar (vanilla bean sugar is perfect)
2 tbsp. milk (optional)

  1. Put the water, tea, and cinnamon in a small saucepan and cook stirring occasionally, over a low heat for 5-7 minutes or until warm, not boiling. Remove from heat.
  2. Add vanilla and sugar and milk if using. Pour into mug and serve.


Vanilla-Cinnamon Tea #2

Makes 1 serving

1 cup boiling water
1 orange pekoe tea bag
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sweetener (optional)

  1. Pour boiling water into a mug. Steep tea bag in water for 3 minutes; remove and discard.
  2. Stir milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon into the tea and drink.


Warming Sweet Cinnamon Tea

Adapted from Global Table Adventures

Makes 3 servings

3 cinnamon sticks, broken
3 cups water
1 tbsp. loose black tea
Sugar cubes, as desired

  1. For the strongest flavor, consider adding the cinnamon sticks to the water as it heats up. Otherwise add it to a teapot with the black tea. Pour hot water over top, steep a few minutes.
  2. Serve in cups with sugar cubes or your favorite sweetener.


Yummy Tummy Cinnamon Orange Tea (with Ginger)

Makes 2 servings

This is a tea you make when you are down and out. It takes all that is good with cinnamon, orange, and tea to another level by adding fresh ginger. Ideally you want keep the sugar out of this recipe. You can add 2 teaspoons of honey or sugar if you don’t like the raw taste of ginger, but when you are sick, you can appreciate this without sugar, primarily because Ceylon Cinnamon is naturally sweet.

3 cups water
1/4 medium Orange Peel cut into thin strips and then again into smaller pieces
1/2 tsp. ginger (keep your ginger in the freezer so it is easier to grate)
1/2 tbsp. loose black tea or 1 tea bag
1 tbsp. Ceylon Cinnamon stick pieces

  1. Pour water into a saucepan. Add the orange strips and grated ginger.
  2. Bring to boil on medium high heat covered with a lid.
  3. Turn off heat, add cinnamon and tea and let it steep (or brew) with a lid covering the pan.
  4. Squeeze tea bag and remove from pan. Strain the tea into a cup.
  5. Add a 1-2 teaspoon of honey or sugar to taste and serve.

Orange peel-There is a temptation to add more orange peel. If you do this, the taste will get overtly strong and the smell and taste of cinnamon will be dulled. Just a hint of orange creates a wonderful aroma and sophisticated taste.

Ginger alleviates throat and nose congestion. It helps reduce flatulence fast, improves appetite and fires up the digestive juices as well as it is great for cramps.


Other Tea Blends:

From Bloom to Brew—Edible Flower Tea Blends

Making Teas from Herbs and Spices

Make Natural Decaffeinated “Black” Teas

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