Honey and Cinnamon as a Common Cold Remedy
One simple way of upsetting a doctor is to declare you have found the cure for the common cold. Nothing gets a doctor’s temperature rising than that. Honey and cinnamon make are good bait for the job. They have a long history and a big reputation as a treatment for the common cold. Ancient Egyptians used them, as did the Greeks and most of the Orient. And, as a quick browse of the internet will show, there are lots of people who will swear by honey and cinnamon as a cold and flu remedy.
Why do doctors have an allergy against honey and cinnamon’s reputation as a common cold cure? Because the common cold is an illness caused by any number of viruses and, in spite of modern medicine’s lofty achievements, there is still no cure for it. Doctors apparently don’t like to be reminded of that fact.
So, no, honey and cinnamon do not cure the common cold. Nothing does. What honey and cinnamon do is to greatly relieve the symptoms of the common cold, reduce its severity and shorten the time it takes to clear away. In other words, honey and cinnamon makes you less ill from a cold or flu.
What complicates the picture is that a common cold or flu naturally wears off in about 10 days, making anything that relieves its discomfort and severity pretty much a cure. That’s what doctor’s don’t get: for us non-doctors, there is not much difference between a cure and something that relieves the effects of an illness if the end result is that you will no longer be ill.
But how does honey and cinnamon sort of cure the common cold?
Why Honey and Cinnamon are Remedies for the Common Cold
Honey and cinnamon are effective common cold remedies because they are both naturally medicinal extracts from nature. Honey, particularly raw natural honey, is the sugar extract from plant’s flowers as harvested by bees. Cinnamon, in turn, is an extract from the inner bark of a tree native to Sri Lanka, Indonesia and China.
Both have medicinal properties, including antibiotic and anti-microbial properties. Honey in particular – in its raw natural form, not the processed and often pasteurized form – has been clinically shown to relieve sore throats and coughs. By some accounts, honey is in fact more effective as a cough relief for children than conventional cough medication.
Cinnamon, on the other hand, contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties that are similarly useful in relieving cold and flu symptoms.
Both also have immune boosting properties, another useful trait in fighting a viral infection such as the common flu.
How to use Honey and Cinnamon against the Common Cold
The typical honey-cinnamon dose for dealing with a bout of flu or the common cold is a teaspoon of honey and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon. If taken as soon as the first sniffles are noticed, the remedy will usually clear away the symptoms within five hours. If, however, the cold was already in full swing, it might be necessary to take a dose twice a day for about three days.
Creativity in how the remedy is taken is alright. For instance, some people prefer taking the dose in a glass of warm water while others use it in a cup of tea. Kids love taking it as a dip for fruits.
A few cautionary points, however. First, the honey needs to be the raw, all natural kind. Only raw honey has the full load of natural pollen and plants extracts necessary for taming the common cold. Secondly, honey, even the all natural raw variety, should never be given to kids below one year because it may precipitate a bout of potentially fatal botulism.
It is also important to be sure of what cinnamon you use. There are two main varieties, the more common, darker and more pungent Cassia cinnamon, and the more expensive, lighter and less pungent Ceylon cinnamon. The Cassia cinnamon is perfect for spicing food but risky as a medicinal remedy because it has a natural toxin that can lead to health problems when taken in the relatively large and repeated regime of a medicinal dosage. It is more advisable to use the toxin free Ceylon cinnamon.