I was very fortunate to grow up with two wonderful and caring grandmothers. My maternal grandmother, Jesusita, passed away when she was 98 years old, and my paternal grandmother, Anita, passed away at the age of 92. Just the other day, I was thinking about the incredible lives they lived, and all they experienced. Although they only met each other a couple of times they had a lot in common, and I have a feeling they would have enjoyed each others company.
Both of their husbands passed away young and they were left to raise their children alone. They were both strong women, fabulous cooks, and very healthy. I was starting to wonder if there was a secret ingredient in common, and then it hit me… Cinnamon!
Both my grandmothers drank “canelita” té de canela (cinnamon tea), as well as used the aromatic spice in savory and sweet dishes. After researching, I realized there are surprising health benefits and unique healing abilities associated with this beloved spice.
Cinnamon can help lower cholesterol, reduce sugar levels, treat bad breath, protect against heart disease, boost brain activity and help with memory loss, fight yeast infections, treat stomach ulcers, alleviate gas, nausea and indigestion, increase blood circulation, act as a natural diuretic, and more.
I especially love drinking té de canela with honey in the colder months, but have also incorporated this spice into my daily baking and cooking. If you’re ready to start taking cinnamon as a natural remedy I’d highly recommend you add a pinch to your tea or coffee, sprinkle some on your wheat toast, and for a delicious tea, try this enchanting aromatic hibiscus-cinnamon tea.
My mom made hibiscus tea with the addition of cinnamon over the holidays and it is so fragrant and smells like Christmas. Hibiscus has a tart, cranberry-like flavor, and sugar or honey can be added to sweeten it. This tea can be served hot or cold.
And just like cinnamon, hibiscus tea is chockfull of health benefits and loaded with antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc. Hibiscus also reduces high blood pressure, helps lower cholesterol, offers liver protection, has strong antioxidant and anti-tumor properties, helps relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, benefits weight loss, improves digestion, helps boost the immune system, helps improve skin conditions, and more.
Sounds too good to be true? If my grandmas both drank té de canela and lived long healthy lives then I’ll drink to that.
I’ll be making this tea daily and serving it with dinner. After all, its not going to hurt, and it tastes delicious. I would recommend drinking this rather than sodas. Serve it cold with honey and a splash of sparking water if you are craving some bubbly.
- 7 cups water, divided
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/3 cup dry jamaica/hibiscus flowers
- Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a pot. Add the cinnamon sticks and flowers and cover tightly with a lid. Remove from the heat and steep for 1 hour or until cool.
- Strain hibiscus-cinnamon tea into a pitcher and discard cinnamon and flowers.
- Dilute with 5 cups of water.
- Refrigerate until time to serve.
- Serve hot or cold.
- Sugar or honey can be added to sweeten.