A steaming cup of cinnamon tea is a great way to start the day in cold weather helping to dispel all sorts of conditions associated with the cold – poor circulation, colds, coughs, fevers and catarrh as well as the lethargy that tends to plague us in cold damp weather.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices, is mentioned in the Bible and in one of the earliest Chinese botanical medicine books, dated around 2,700 B.C.
Cinnamon tea contains manganese, calcium and iron. It has a warming effect, improves the blood circulation throughout the body and increases the energy flow to the abdomen, helping the digestive organs work more effectively. It is know to relieve constipation, and reduce blood sugar.
To make cinnamon tea boil 1 teaspoon of dried bark in a cup of water, add lemon and honey to your taste.
You could also try flavoring your honey with cinnamon, that’s an effective natural remedy against upper respiratory problems. Put a couple of cinnamon sticks in a baby food jar, cover it with honey, put into the fridge and let it stand for a few days. You can use it to add to hot drinks or it is also great to cook and bake with!
If you suffer from Arthritis, make some Cinnamon and Honey paste, as it may help you topically, too. Mix 1:2 part honey to lukewarm water and small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Make a paste and massage it on the itching part of the body. The pain will recede within a minute or two.