A tea popular in the Middle East. A Pakistani study used people with diabetes as subjects.  Scientists believe cinnamon has a component that may enable it to serve as an insulin substitute in Type 2 Diabetes. Cinnamon  also acts as a natural antibacterial and antimicrobial agent in the body, which may help explain why it is  highly valued for its medicinal value.  Supposedly, there are good, bad and better sources of cinnamon, so look into that if you intend to use cinnamon on a more regular basis.

3 cups water (750 mL)
1 large cinnamon stick
Liquid sweetener, to taste
Lemon slices, if desired

 In medium saucepan, combine water and cinnamon stick.  Bring to a full rolling boil and boil 5 minutes.  Remove from heat. Serve immediately with sweetener to taste and leave cinnamon sticks in leftover tea, if desired.  Also, if you like, serve with a squeeze of a lemon slice. Very tasty!

Helpful Hints:  I enjoy this tea with 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) cream and liquid sweetener, or sometimes just with sweetener and a squeeze of lemon.  If you would like the tea to be caffeinated, then add a tablespoon black tea (in a tea ball) to the saucepan.  This will make it a stronger brew.

Yield:  2 servings
1 serving
0.0 calories
0.0 g protein
0.0 g fat
0.0 g net carbs

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