Cinnamon has numerous health benefits as an excellent source of manganese, dietary fiber, iron and calcium and according to studies, has been shown to control blood sugar levels and may significantly lower “bad” cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Te de canela (Cinnamon Tea) is made using Mexican cinnamon which is a looser and softer variety of cinnamon that is flaky when dried. It can usually be found in the Hispanic section of your local grocery store next to the dried spices and chiles.
3 raw cinnamon sticks (fresh)
1 teaspoon lime juice (fresh)
In a standard-sized tea pot, crack three (3) cinnamon sticks one time each and drop into the tea pot full of water. Bring water to a boil and allow the cinnamon sticks to permeate the water until it becomes a medium to dark brown color, depending on taste. Strain the tea through a very fine sieve or cheesecloth to ensure none of the small slivers of cinnamon end up in the cup. Add one (1) teaspoon of lime juice.