Cinnamon - a Warming Spice for a Cold Season
You might add cinnamon to baked goods, oatmeal, coffee, or tea for flavor, but did you also know about its health benefits? Cinnamon, one of the world's oldest spices, is known for its benefits for people with diabetes, improving glucose metabolism as well as improving insulin. It can also have benefit for people with high cholesterol, help reduce inflammation, and support a healthy immune system.
You can take cinnamon directly by adding 1/2-3/4 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon to a cup of boiling water, allowing to steep for 10-15 minutes as a tea. Or, you can add a cinnamon stick to a cup of tea of your choice.
Add some cinnamon to your day to enjoy the aroma, the flavor, and the many health benefits! At Sugar Loaf Mountain Herbs, we recommend trying cinnamon in our many spice seasonings and tea blends -- including our pumpkin pie and apple pie spice blends that you can use to flavor more than just pie. Or you can keep it simple, with cinnamon chips, sticks, powdered Ceylon and Vietnamese cinnamon -- all organic!
And if you're really in the mood for some extra warmth, try this recipe for Yogi Tea which will flush out cold symptoms, settle digestive issues, and be sure to keep you warm!
1tsp. of cardamom seeds
1Tbs. whole cloves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground or freshly grated ginger
Pinch of black pepper
2 C of water
Add all ingredients to a French press. Add 2 cups of boiled water and steep for 10 minutes.
Strain and serve. You can add your favorite black tea 1 tsp./cup if you like.