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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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