Cinnamon and Bay Leaf Tea is a warm, aromatic beverage known for its soothing properties and delightful aroma. Both ingredients have been used traditionally for their health benefits, including aiding in blood sugar balance and reducing inflammation. Try this healthy and tasty tea recipe today!

a glass of cinnamon and bay leaf tea with fresh lemon slice on top.

Just the words “Cinnamon and Bay Leaf Tea” emit the peaceful atmosphere we are all looking for after a stressful day.

But, this healthy tea is not just for bedtime. You can consume it at any time of day for overall health, enjoyment, and medicinal properties.

Cinnamon Bay Leaf Tea Benefits

  • This recipe uses just five simple ingredients and creates a satisfying tea ready to enjoy in less than 20 minutes. Skip the tea bags and make it using hot water on the stovetop.
  • This beverage is naturally dairy-free, so you can enjoy this tea without having to worry about any substitutions.
  • There are so many benefits of cinnamon and bay laurel leaves. This tea based on traditional medicine takes advantage of these healthy foods in the form of a hot beverage.

Ingredients

ingredients needed for cinnamon and bay leaf tea.
  • Cinnamon warms the body and calms the soul with the added benefits of its antioxidants and blood sugar-balancing properties. You can use cinnamon powder, ground cinnamon, cinnamon bark, or cinnamon sticks.
  • Bay leaves are packed full of vitamins which help boost your immune system and aid in digestion. And, one of the benefits of bay leaf is that they are also known to help with lowering blood sugar and preventing diabetes.
  • Honey adds a sweet balance to the bay leaves and cinnamon without raising your blood sugar too quickly. You just need a little bit to add sweetness to the tea.
  • Lemon juice is the fresh pop of flavor that lightens this tea while also adding an extra boost of Vitamin C. And, consuming lemon juice with a meal may lower peak blood sugar levels.

Please see the full recipe card at the end of this post for the exact measurements for this delicious herbal tea.

Recipe Steps

Step One

Bring water to a gentle boil. Break the cinnamon stick into two pieces and place them in the water.

Soften the bay leaves with your hands and add them to the pot.

tea cooking in a pan.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes, then remove the cinnamon and bay leaves using a strainer or slotted spoon.

bay leaves and cinnamon sticks in a strainer.

Step Three

Pour the tea into two mugs, adding honey and lemon juice before serving. Enjoy warm!

a spoon dipped into a glass of tea.

Recipe Tips

  • You can easily double this recipe for more servings.
  • Use filtered water if your tap water tends to have a chlorine taste.
  • Try to use fresh lemon juice if you can for the highest vitamin C concentration.
  • Pregnant women should speak to their healthcare provider to get proper medical advice before consuming this tea.
  • Feel free to add additional ingredients such as a pinch of black pepper or a green tea bag to make different variations.

Recipe FAQs

When is the best time to drink Cinnamon and Bay Leaf Tea?

This recipe can be enjoyed any time of day. Try having it after a meal to benefit from the blood sugar balancing effects.

Can this tea help in managing diabetes?

Maybe, but you’ll need to discuss this with your healthcare provider (and you may need to eliminate the honey from the recipe).

Can this tea help with weight loss?

Maybe, especially if you consume this tea in place of other sugary drinks like sweetened coffee drinks or sodas. There are some helpful compounds from the cinnamon and bay leaves which may help with weight loss.

What else is this tea good for?

This tea may have anti-inflammatory properties which may help with fighting free radicals, kidney stones, menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, menstrual pain, heart health, ldl cholesterol, weight management, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol and gastrointestinal tract issues.

Does this tea have caffeine?

No, it is naturally caffeine-free.

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a glass of cinnamon and bay leaf tea.

Cinnamon and Bay Leaf Tea (Blood Sugar Balancing)

Cinnamon and Bay Leaf Tea is a warm, aromatic beverage known for its soothing properties and delightful aroma. Both ingredients have been used traditionally for their health benefits, including aiding in blood sugar balance and reducing inflammation.

  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 dried bay leaves (you can also use fresh bay leaves if you have them)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (try to use raw, locally sourced honey if possible), divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about half of a lemon), divided

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a gentle boil.
  2. Break the cinnamon stick in half and add it to the pot. Gently press the bay leaves in your hands to help them soften them and help them release their oils. Add the bay leaves to the pot.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat after simmering.
  5. Use a fine-mesh strainer to remove the cinnamon and bay leaves, pouring the tea into two mugs.
  6. Stir in the honey and lemon juice into each mug, stirring to combine.
  7. Serve the tea immediately, while it’s still warm.

Notes

  1. You can easily double this recipe for more servings.
  2. Use filtered water if your tap water tends to have a chlorine taste.
  3. Try to use fresh lemon juice if you can for the highest vitamin C concentration.

    Pregnant women should speak to their healthcare providers before consuming this tea.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 68
  • Sugar: 17.8 g
  • Sodium: 1 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.5 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: tea, cinnamon, healthy, inflammation, blood sugar, bay leaf, beverage, drink

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Note: this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations related to your individual situation.