Do you know what cinnamon is? It is not just the little sticks you see in stock photos of hot toddy's that look like poorly constructed wooden straws. It is actually carefully peeled from the inner bark of a special kind of tree, or should I say 4 special kinds of trees. As the bark dries it naturally curls into quills, which look unassuming but are in-fact packed with rich flavours and bolstered with health benefits.
Thriving in tropical regions and such was its popularity that it was once upon a time traded as a currency. Part of its appeal comes from an essential oil called cinnamaldehyde which provide its distinctive smell and flavour. In tests cinnamaldehyde displays antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
The properties within the spice may provide anti-diabetic effects as studies have shown that it is capable of lowering blood sugar levels. On top of this is may also lower insulin resistance, thereby increasing insulin's overall effectiveness. This means cinnamon may be useful for those with type 2 diabetes.
A randomized, double-blind clinical trial also found that cinnamon was able ease the pain of premenstrual cramps, so drinking lots of tea containing cinnamon may help to reduce the intensity of period pain.
Spice up your health
Finally like many spices cinnamon also contains large amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants can help protect the body from disease and are found in fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.
As the winter nights begin to draw in and you don't have the time or energy to create an artisan hot toddy. Curl up up instead with a proper loose leaf tea. We have created unique blends using real quills of cinnamon bark for you to get the most from this wonderous spice.
For those breakfast tea lovers why not try the Winter Breakfast, goes especially nice with a drop of milk.
If your looking for a caffeine free option, check out our Festive Spice.