This season we have been using honey and cinnamon at the first sign of a cold to end it quickly, and it has worked quite well! One of my readers, Lori, told me about this remedy,
Did you know that a teaspoon of honey (raw is best) and a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon will usually knock out a cold within a day or two? Take twice a day for 3 days for best results. My small grandson, age 3 loves this combo (I mix it in a small bowl and then feed it to him on a spoon, having a glass of water for him to drink down with it). We’ve used this for the past two years to knock out colds.
It is best to take with first sniffles as it will usually take away all vestiges of the cold within 5 hours. This information is easily found on the web. We tried it and couldn’t believe how fast and well it worked. It has helped to keep us cold-free for more than 2 years.
Oh, and in case some of you don’t know why these work~both honey and cinnamon have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. I know colds are viruses and the honey and cinnamon goes after the virus. How does it work? I’ve no idea! I just know it will knock out 9 colds out of 10. :)
We’ve all used this remedy now a couple times and it has worked! I’ve used echinacea in the past, but with the honey-cinnamon remedy, I can really feel it working right away. I usually stir my honey cinnamon mixture into tea, and the children use theirs as dip for fruit. I love having something that can work on that dreaded ‘I think I’m getting sick’ feeling.
As with all home remedies, your mileage may vary and please do not substitute this for proper medical advice! Honey should not be given to infants under 1 year old due to the risk of botulism. Raw honey is most beneficial when found locally, but if that’s not an option you can buy it online here.
Another Natural Remedy: I’ve found this Chinese Herbal Remedy to be the only thing that is natural that helps once a cold is under way.
- Take this amount every few hours as soon as you feel a cold or other illness coming on. After initially trying it with only one 'dose' and seeing the immediate effects, I now mix up a small bowl full of honey and cinnamon and spoon it into hot drinks or dip fruit into it all day long.
- I find that with young children it's easy to just treat the whole family with this simple yummy remedy upon the first sign of a sniffle from anyone.
You can also make honey-cinnamon lollipops! Recipe here.
Ginger tea can also be soothing, especially for sore throats or stuffed sinuses. See how to make it here.
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