10 Interesting Cinnamon Tea Benefits

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated - Medically reviewed by Vanessa Voltolina (MS, RD)

Cinnamon tea is a delicious and easy-to-prepare beverage that may offer a wide range of health benefits. These might include its ability to aid in weight loss, regulate blood sugar, improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, and boost cognitive function, among others.

While most people associate cinnamon with a sweet flavoring for various recipes or a delicious topping for their favorite coffee drink, it may also be an incredibly powerful spice used in various ways to improve overall health.

What is Cinnamon Tea?

Cinnamon Tea is a healthy beverage prepared with cinnamon sticks. Cinnamomum cassia might be the most common and popular variety but there are a number of other species within the genus that can have similar effects when used as an herbal tea. [1]

Cinnamaldehyde is the active ingredient in all cinnamon species, and this bioactive compound may have a number of beneficial effects on the body. This particular compound is complemented by coumarin, linalool, cinnamic acid, proanthocyanidins, catechins, and other powerful substances that can be accessed through a cup of this delicious tea.

Cinnamon Tea Benefits

Cinnamon tea has many important health benefits. Let us discuss them in detail:

May Regulate Blood Sugar

Research has shown that regular cinnamon supplementation may result in lower levels of blood sugar, believed to be caused by reduced insulin sensitivity. For those suffering from Type 2 diabetes, this can be important, as high blood sugar must be constantly monitored. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Burmingham, UK, and published in the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Journal,  showed that 7 men taking cinnamon regularly experience increased insulin sensitivity for at least 12 hours. [2]

In another study conducted by a team of French researchers and published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, a consumption of 500 mg of cinnamon powder daily for not less than 12 weeks might have led to a 14 percent drop in the oxidative stress levels among those with insulin resistance. This is important, as a study published in the Recent Patents on Inflammation and Allergy Drug Discovery Journal, has called oxidative stress as the potential reason for people developing various kinds of chronic diseases, that include Type 2 diabetes. [3] [4]

May Promote Weight Loss

In medicine, cinnamon is also thought to help the body store less fat. Common thoughts are that by reducing the amount of insulin produced, cinnamon tea may also reduce blood sugar. Due to this, your body may store less fat and you will gradually lose weight. More studies are needed on the true efficacy of cinnamon in weight loss. [5]

May Lower Cholesterol Levels

Cinnamon may have a proven effect on glycemia. Reviews are mixed with regards to whether or not cinnamon has a significant impact on cholesterol. One study shows it may help in lowering LDL cholesterol levels and increasing HDL cholesterol levels, thereby decreasing your chances of developing atherosclerosis or having a heart attack or a stroke. Lower cholesterol levels are also important for preventing coronary heart diseases. [6]

A kettle and a cup of cinnamon tea with cinnamon sticks and star anise on a white wooden table

Cinnamon tea is a tisane, or herbal tea, made by brewing cinnamon bark in hot water. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

May Boost Immune System

A number of organic compounds found in cinnamon may have antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic effects. This makes cinnamon tea one of the best beverages for improving immunity; these antioxidants might help neutralize and remove foreign pathogens and materials that could cause infection or illness in the body. This is particularly valuable for the stomach, where so many of these pathogens can be found. [7]

May Prevent Chronic Diseases

Cinnamon, as mentioned, may have a high concentration of powerful antioxidants, including the active ingredient, cinnamaldehyde, as well as catechins, cyanide, and other important compounds. These antioxidants may prove to be ideal for neutralizing free radicals, the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism, and preventing oxidative stress throughout the body. This means that cinnamon tea may assist and even have a preventative effect on chronic illnesses that become more common as we age. [8]

May Improve Digestion

Studies have shown a plausible improvement in gastrointestinal health in subjects who regularly consume cinnamon supplements. Cinnamon, as a digestive aid, may have a stimulating effect on gastric juices and stomach acids. This makes digestion more efficient and effective, leading to lower chances of gas, constipation, bloating, cramping, and stomach upset. Inflammation of the bowels, caused by IBS and other conditions, may also be lessened – if not avoided – by the regular intake of cinnamon tea. [9]

May Boost Brain Function

Research has found that cinnamon is not only important for the body but may also be for the mind. Particularly in older generations, cinnamon is thought to improve cognitive speed, boost concentration and focus, and even stimulate the growth of new neural pathways. According to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, further studies are needed to provide clinical evidence for the beneficial effects of cinnamon in Alzheimer’s and other degenerative neural conditions. [10] [11]

May Reduce Inflammation

Throughout the body, inflammation can take on many forms, from itchiness and irritation on the skin or in the throat, to aches and pains throughout the joints and muscles. Cinnamon tea has been shown to reduce inflammation and pain in many cases, making it a soothing and relaxing remedy for many conditions. [12]

May Reduce Menstrual Cramps

Women who suffer from severe symptoms during menstruation may often be desperate for a reliable remedy that doesn’t impact their hormone levels. Cinnamon has a number of analgesic and anticoagulant effects, meaning that it may help reduce the pain and cramping during menstruation. It might also help reduce the severity of the period, if you tend to have a heavier flow. [13]

How to Make Cinnamon Tea?

Many people are completely unaware of the potential within cinnamon, but this flavorful herb has been used for thousands of years for its health effects. So, how do we make cinnamon tea? Let’s find out. [14]

A cup of fresh cinnamon tea kept atop a table, next to a bunch of cinnamon sticks and a plate of lemon slices

An Earthy Cinnamon Tea Recipe

Enjoy the earthy, pure, spicy taste of cinnamon with every sip you take!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: cinnamon, cinnamon tea
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 1 cinnamon stick or
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 8 oz boiling water
  • 1 cup milk optional
  • 1 tsp honey/sugar optional


  • To make cinnamon tea, boil water and add a cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon to it. Allow the cinnamon to steep for 8-10 minutes. 
  • If you're using a cinnamon stick, you should remove it. Don't throw the stick away, as you can use it to make another cup of tea. 
  • You can add a sweetener of your choice and milk if you want to. Honey goes well with cinnamon. However, some people don't like to put a sweetener to their tea as cinnamon has a natural sweetness to it. 
    A cup of fresh cinnamon tea kept atop a table, next to a bunch of cinnamon sticks and a plate of lemon slices


You can add other ingredients like ginger, apples, lime, turmeric or black pepper to enhance the flavor. You can also use black tea (either regular or decaffeinated). Instead of black tea, you can use rooibos or honeybush tea as well. If you would like to add milk to your cinnamon tea, be very careful as it can curdle. 

Word of Caution: Cinnamon tea, in spite of having many impressive benefits, has some side effects too. Excess intake of cinnamon tea can be very dangerous for the liver, and can even cause liver failure. This is due to the presence of an active ingredient, called coumarin. While most varieties of cinnamon have safe levels, excessive consumption of Cassia, Saigon, and Korintje cinnamon varieties can be dangerous. Discuss your intake of cinnamon tea with a medical professional to ensure it’s safe for you. [15]

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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