No matter how healthy a life you live, odds are pretty good that you will someday get sick. There’s no way to avoid it entirely. So far this year, my family is doing pretty well. I think the fact, that my boys now have their immune system pretty much developed is helping a lot and the fact that we live much healthier than we did a few years ago.
However, we still get sick sometimes. In one of my desperate times of need, I stumbled upon the wonders of honey and cinnamon.
Cinnamon is anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It’s said to stimulate the digestive system, which can be helpful in illness. Cinnamon also is a “warming” herb and can help relieve aches and pains.
Honey is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which of course are good to have when you are sick. It is also anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. It is supposed to boost the immune system, which of course if you are sick is much needed. If all those reasons were not enough to jump on the honey bandwagon then there’s the fact that honey has been shown to be more successful in treating a cough than cough medicine.
Mix these two wonderful ingredients together and you get a great cold fighting remedy.
Cinnamon Honey Remedy
1 cup honey – raw is best but any honey will do.
1/4 cup cinnamon
Mix both ingredients together and take 1 teaspoon of the mixture twice daily for 3 days. This is best done at the beginning of a cold however, I’m sure it will still help if taken later on perhaps just not as well.
Now there are a few things to know about taking this remedy. There are a few people who should not take it.
Notes on Who might want to avoid this remedy:
Children under 1 year old - For the usual reasons that babies should avoid honey.
People with blood disorders - Particularly those who are on blood thinners as cinnamon helps with blood clotting (which is great for those who do not have blood issues)
Those who are allergic to either ingredient or show signs of a reaction – This of course, should be obvious. However, I wanted to include this one as I discovered this with my own son. After a few days of giving him this remedy, he started to develop a bit of eczema and then hives. He has cinnamon in food all the time but this remedy does make for a higher amount in the few days that you take it and thus his body wasn’t happy.
Pregnant women – I’m still not certain on the reasoning behind this but from what I gather it must be because of the blood clotting concern. Although cinnamon is supposed to be great in postpartum bleeding which is something to remember. Of course, some say that pregnant women should avoid cinnamon entirely but I think that’s a bit extreme.
I had great results when I was sick and used this remedy. I will be sure to keep this remedy as one of my more pleasant cold fighters. Getting sick is not fun at all, whether you are an adult or child but they remedies don’t have to be unpleasant, at least not all of them.