Sorry it’s been a while since my last post- our family has been hit with a bad springtime cold and I have been struggling to just get dinner on the table some days. (Like yesterday. Hubby offered to just go get pizza and that sounded so tempting, but I really wanted chicken curry and rice instead. So I pulled myself together and made it! And ya know what? It wasn’t too hard, once I got started. )
Whenever we get sick we use herbs and natural remedies to help our bodies heal themselves, at least most of the time.
Pretty much unless I have a terrible migraine- then Excedrin and I are best friends. 😉
Although drinking Rosemary tea does help with headaches, I’m out of Rosemary right now so Excedrin it is.
For more herbal remedies for colds and coughs, check out my post here.
Anyway… (my brain is a bit fuzzy…)
One thing that really helps to banish your cold is to take a few teaspoonfuls of raw honey and cinnamon every day. It tastes like dessert- it’s so good!
Why should you take honey and cinnamon like medicine?
Honey (specifically raw, unprocessed honey from local bees) is anti-bacterial and boosts the immune system. It has beneficial bacteria in it that helps kill the bad germs in your body. It soothes sore throats and even helps with seasonal allergies if you’re using local honey because bits of pollen from local flowers are still in the honey which helps strengthen your defenses against it. Honey that has been pasteurized (that is, heated up so all the good bacteria in it are killed) does little more than soothe sore throats and taste good.
So try to get raw honey. Even though it’s more expensive, it’s worth it! We usually get ours from the local farmer’s market when it’s in season. In the winter, we get it from the grocery store and ONLY use it for coughs and colds because its like liquid gold!
Cinnamon helps clear the airways, improves digestion, aids in reducing inflammation and eliminating phlegm and it is also anti-bacterial. It has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb as well as a spice in foods. I just use the cinnamon that we have in the spice cabinet, although of course organic cinnamon is better. But ours is just from Costco.
So how do you take this herbal remedy?
Just get some raw honey and cinnamon and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon onto a spoon.
Scoop out a teaspoon full of honey and mix it with the cinnamon. I usually use a knife tip or the end of a fork or spoon to do this. Be careful that it doesn’t ooze all over and drip everywhere!
Then, savor the delicious taste and relish in the fact that this medicine tastes so good and is so good for you!
Take at least two times a day, or more if you feel like you need it or are having a sweet craving. 😉
I had to laugh recently when my mom asked the kids if they wanted some medicine. She was trying to get them not to want what she was eating. They jumped up and down and shouted, “yes!” because usually their medicine is this remedy or yummy honey thyme tea or herbal cough medicine that tastes like honey. They don’t know that most man made medicines taste bad! That makes me happy.
I hope you have a great weekend- I’m going to focus on getting over this cold and hopefully I’ll be back with more regular posting next week.
I am not a doctor and am not prescribing treatment for you or anyone else- just sharing what works for us and our family. If your cold continually gets worse when you’ve been treating it or you have trouble breathing or a high fever (over 104) that won’t come down, consult a doctor immediately. Be wise, people. This is for coughs and runny noses and congestion, not a life saving treatment! 🙂
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