Food and Nutrition

‘I’m an Herbalist, and This Warming Cinnamon Tea Recipe Is Perfect for a Good Night’s Sleep’


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We can all agree that drinking tea (decaffeinated of course) is one the best ways to help you unwind right before bed. But while chamomile and so-called Sleepytime teas seem to have the market cornered on soothing bedtime sips, clinical herbalist and founder of Supernatural, Rachelle Robinett says that you need to add this soothing cinnamon tea recipe to your nighttime regimen.

According to Robinett, cinnamon is a warming, anti-inflammatory spice that supports digestion and stabilizes blood sugar. When included in tea, Robinett says cinnamon can assist in a better night's sleep. "Blood sugar spikes and crashes can keep us up at night. Cinnamon before bed can prevent that from happening, allowing for a better, uninterrupted night's sleep," she says. Say goodbye to waking up in the middle of the night for no reason.

Here's the full scoop on all of the benefits of cinnamon, explained by Robinett herself:

Intrigued? While you can certainly buy cinnamon tea from brands like Harney & Sons ($8) and Pukka Herbs ($6), it's super easy to make at home—as proven by Robinett's go-to cinnamon tea recipe. Robinett takes the spice and pairs it with fresh ginger and star anise to really triple down on the digestive support—great if a grumpy stomach has been keeping you up at night.

Keep reading to get her full recipe. You're just a few sips away from a better night's sleep.

Rachelle Robinett's cinnamon tea recipe

1 cinnamon stick
1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
1 anise star (or clove or cardamom if preferred)
1 slice of fresh orange
Honey (optional)

1. Add cinnamon stick, anise, and ginger to a saucepot with 8 ounces of water. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes.

2. Pour into a mug and squeeze in the juice of orange slice

3. Sweeten, if desired, and enjoy.

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