Forget about plain lemon water and consider drinking Lemon Cinnamon Water instead! This article includes an easy recipe, plus information about the potential health benefits of this flavorful drink.

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In today’s recipe, I’m sharing a simple concoction for Cinnamon Tea or Cinnamon Water that is healthy, hydrating, and tasty.

Cinnamon is a widely-used spice around the world. There are two main types of cinnamon: cassia and Ceylon. Cassia cinnamon has three different varieties–Indonesian, Chinese, and Saigon, with Indonesian cassia being the sweetest and most popular in the United States.

Ceylon cinnamon is less widely used. It is less sweet and generally more expensive than cassia cinnamon, though it boasts some impressive health benefits.

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Ceylon cinnamon.

Potential Benefits of Lemon Cinnamon Water 

Lemon cinnamon water, plain cinnamon water, or cinnamon tea are easy ways to get your daily dose of this warming spice. In addition to being tasty, cinnamon may also:

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Ceylon Cinnamon Benefits

All varieties of cinnamon can be considered healthy. But if you’re choosing between cassia and Ceylon for health reasons, here’s why Ceylon should be your choice.

How to Make Lemon Water with Cinnamon

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It’s so easy to make this blood sugar-balancing drink. You only need three main ingredients, plus water.

I always recommend using filtered water to avoid any chlorine taste in your drink.

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Step One

The first step is to add cinnamon to a glass or mug.

Step Two

Add the lemon juice (preferably fresh).

If you want to be even extra, you can add some of the lemon peel, but that’s totally optional.

Step Three

Add the honey and then the hot water.

Step Two

Stir and serve immediately. Or, you can let it cool and consume at room temperature.

two mugs of lemon water with ground cinnamon.

Lemon Cinnamon Drink FAQs

Is cinnamon water good for weight loss?

There is no definitive proof that cinnamon water is good for weight loss or weight management, though some studies have linked weight loss and cinnamon.

Cinnamon supplementation has been found to lower blood glucose levels and lead to better blood sugar regulation. Balanced blood sugar is a key component of maintaining a healthy weight, so in this way, cinnamon water may be a healthy drink helpful for weight loss and improved insulin sensitivity. 

In addition, cinnamon is anti-inflammatory. Lowering inflammation may also contribute to healthy weight maintenance or a slimmer appearance.

Lastly, if you switch to herbal teas like this great drink instead of consuming sugary drinks like sodas, then it will likely help you reach your weight loss goals faster.

When should I drink cinnamon water?

Many claim that cinnamon water is best in the morning on an empty stomach or before eating a meal. This is partially due to the Ayurvedic belief that cinnamon, as a warming spice, stimulates digestion. 

Another reason you may consume cinnamon water or cinnamon tea before a meal is the evidence that cinnamon can prevent blood sugar spikes. You may also like my No Sugar Diet Plan.

There is no scientific evidence that drinking cinnamon detox water is best at any specific time. If you choose to consume cinnamon water, do it when it feels best for you!

Can you put cinnamon powder in water?

Yes! Ground cinnamon is safe to consume in water. Don’t put in too much, though, as the texture and flavor can quickly become overpowering with ground cinnamon. See my recipe below.

If you choose to use ground cinnamon, simply flavor your water to taste. I recommend starting out with a little bit and testing before adding more. It’s also important to make sure you’re using pure ground cinnamon, not a cinnamon sugar blend.

Where can you buy Ceylon cinnamon?

Ceylon cinnamon is less popular than cassia cinnamon in many countries, especially in the United States. Still, you can find it at many specialty grocery stores or health food stores. It’s also available online. Anthony’s OrganicTerrasoul Superfoods, and Frontier Coop are all reputable brands that offer Ceylon cinnamon.

Is cinnamon water dangerous?

Pregnant women or people with blood disorders should consult their healthcare provider to make sure that is is safe to drink cinnamon lemon water. Read more about the potential dangers of cinnamon.

You should also be careful not to consume ground cinnamon that has not been fully diluted with water. Remember the silly trend where people were eating ground cinnamon? That is very dangerous as the ground cinnamon can coat your lungs and make it difficult to breathe.

cinnamon tea served in a glass mug with a slice of fresh lemon.

More Cinnamon Recipes You Might Like

You may also want to check out my recipe for Butter Coffee that is an energizing beverage that won’t raise your blood sugar.

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Lemon Cinnamon Water

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Forget about plain lemon water and consider drinking Lemon Cinnamon Water instead! This easy recipe has some potential health benefits including blood sugar management.

  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Units Scale
  • 6 ounces warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (VEGAN, use maple syrup instead)


  1. In a mug, combine the water, ground cinnamon, lemon juice, and honey.
  2. Stir well to combine.
  3. Drink warm as a tea, or let the mixture come down to room temperature. You can also chill the mixture to enjoy cold.


  1. You water should be warm to help the ground cinnamon dissolve. If you want to serve your cinnamon water as cinnamon tea, then use very hot water instead of warm water.
  2. This recipe is very versatile. If you want a sweeter drink, add an extra teaspoon of honey. If you want to make it sugar-free, use a sugar alternative like stevia or monk fruit sweetener.
  3. Pregnant women should consult their healthcare provider to make sure that it is safe to drink cinnamon water.


  • Serving Size: 6 ounces
  • Calories: 30
  • Sugar: 6.5 g
  • Sodium: 7.8 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.8 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg


Cinnamon water is a warming and flavorful drink that has some potential health benefits. It may promote blood sugar balance, weight loss, and protect against neurological disorders. 

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About the Author: Carrie Forrest has a master’s degree in public health with a specialty in nutrition. She is a top wellness and food blogger with nearly 10 million annual visitors to her site. Carrie has an incredible story of recovery from chronic illness and is passionate about helping other women transform their health. Send Carrie a message through her contact form.

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.