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This month, my husband and I are living the joys (insert irony here) that are buying a new house, packing up all earthly belongings and moving 4 little ones to a new residence. On top of that, I’ve been wrestling with a bout of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPD) this week and if that isn’t enough, my grandmother had a stroke yesterday! Needless to say, I am SO thankful for several wonderful blogger pals of mine who have come to my rescue and provided some excellent posts for you all this month while I pull myself together :-)!

Today I’m pleased to welcome Jan, a nutritional educator and family herbalist over at Healthy Notions. Jan loves cinnamon and offers us some valuable information on the benefits of this amazing herb, along with a nourishing tea recipe that’s ideal for warming up during these coming winter months! Thanks, Jan!


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Winter is quickly approaching and the robes and blankets are coming back out of the closets, but are there other ways to keep warm?

Yes! You can brew up a nice hot cup of herbal tea to warm your soul and to keep you healthy throughout this cold season!

Sometimes when I make an herbal tea to drink, I like to use a single herb as opposed to a combination of herbs. This way of using herbs is called “simples”. Using simples makes it easier to feel the effect of a specific herb.

According to renowned herbalist, Susun Weed:

A “simple” is one herb used at a time. A “simpler” is an herbalist who generally uses herbs one at a time, rather than in combinations.

My favorite medicinal herbal tea is cinnamon which is one of the world’s oldest known spices. Once touted as more precious than gold, it can now be purchased at your local grocery or health food store. Thank goodness for that!

Why Cinnamon?

Cinnamon tea is high in nutrients, tastes good, and is caffeine-free.

Besides having an aromatic and healing scent, it conjures up a sense of coziness and warmth. Its properties are antibacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory.

Cinnamon is also helpful with digestion difficulties and is able to soothe coughs, which is an all-too-common antagonist of the winter months. 

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Cinnamon may also lower and regulate blood sugar to assist in Type 2 Diabetes and can lower the bad cholesterol (LDLs).

It revs up your metabolism, aiding in weight loss and is a good immune system booster. In the blood, it has anti-clotting effects and is good for your heart.

And did you know that you can also sniff cinnamon before a study session to give your brain a brainiac boost? 

It’s true!

And one of the best ways to obtain all the wonderful medicinal benefits of cinnamon is through the herbal preparation of a tea.

How to make Cinnamon Tea

In one quart of water, add 4 cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Strain, cool slightly, and then sweeten with some Manuka Honey or locally-produced raw honey for added anti-microbial benefits.

The cinnamon-honey mixture is excellent for coughs, too! (Be sure to check out several other quality home remedies for coughs and colds here!)

Variations: You can add lemon juice, ginger, or a favorite tea bag to the mix. I regularly add a ½ tsp – 1 teaspoon of cinnamon into my morning coffee, herbal teas, and hot cereals.

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Note from Faith: Check out Janice’s Elderberry tea for more warmth and additional immune boosting!

Always consult your physician before taking herbal substances. Possible side effects: None. However, heavy use may irritate inside of mouth, cause allergies, and/or cause liver damage. Too much of a good thing is not good!

Notify your doctor if you have any of these symptoms or about any contraindications with medications. For medicinal use of cinnamon, consult your certified natural health practitioner.

*See our full disclaimer, below*

Sources:

Cinnamon Medicinal Properties
http://www.botanical-online.com/english/cinnamon.htm

WEB MD – Cinnamon:
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-cinnamon

Weed Wanderings herbal eZine with Susun Weed -Healing Wise …The Spirit of Simples:
http://www.herbshealing.com/herbal_ezine/September04/pf_healingwise.htm

The World’s Healthiest Foods – Cinnamon, ground: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?

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Jan Robbins has always had her mind on nutrition and herbs ever since she was a teenager. Back then her mom gave her a book by Penny C. Royal called "Herbally Yours" and from that point on she was hooked. Nowadays, she serves as a Nutrition Educator & a Family Herbalist. She currently lives in Nebraska with her husband, Mark, and together they run Healthy Notions, LLC. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Their motto is: Eat Well ~ Stay Well ~

Janice Robbins

7 Comments

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    Tiffany
    November 20, 2013

    Do you cut back on salt when your BPPD is acting up? My ears get messed up and sometimes causes mild vertigo. I cut back on my salt, and I really only use Himalayan, Celtic, or some other real/dirty salt.

    And, I mixed this cinnamon tea recipe with one I found for Turmeric and Ginger. I made the cinnamon tea for one cup. Added 1/4 teaspoon of each turmeric and ginger. I also added one inch of peeled and finely chopped ginger. I saved half of the ginger to add right before I drank. It was tasty and I am noticing today that my bronchitis is feeling way better. I have barely coughed today.

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    November 21, 2013

    Hi Tiffany: I’m glad that you were able to find the mixture that worked for you. As for your question about BPPD, I do not know about that, but like I always like to say, “Whatever works for you, do it.” :) Thanks so much for sharing your herbal tea experience. It helps others to see what helps you ~

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    Heather
    August 31, 2014

    The “Cinnamon” in the photo is actually CASSIA. I see this same mistake so often on sites that really should know better. True Cinnamon, also called Ceylon Cinnamon has several thin layers on the dried bark and once you know this it is easy to tell from the thick bark of the Cassia. True Cinnamon is the one with the health benefits but you have to be extremely careful as most commercially sold Cinnamon will be Cassia.Do a search of True Cinnamon and see for yourself :)

    • Reply Faith
      Faith
      September 2, 2014

      Thanks for stopping by, Heather! The photos we selected for the post are stock photos, and you’re right that the cinnamon pictured is actually Chinese Cinnamon, or cinnamomum cassia.

      While Ceylon is the “true cinnamon”, both Ceylon (cinnamomum zeylanicum or verum) and Cassia contain similar constituents and studies have proven both offer medicinal benefits. And to date it’s primarily Cassia that has been the focus of leading studies.

      As a professional herbalist suggesting large amounts for medicinal intake, it’s wise to chose Ceylon over Cassia since it poses a minimized risk of liver damage and contains less of the blood-thinning properties found in Cassia. But for the novice home herbalist simply drinking a cup of warm cinnamon tea, either cinnamon variety will do fine.

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    September 24, 2014

    This sounds soothing enough. I like cinnamon and use it for some of my desserts, however, I have not yet tried infusing cinnamon with my tea but this looks really good!

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