Monday, August 12, 2013

Make Your Own Cold Fighting Medicine ~ Pantry Series

Welcome to part three of our "Make Your Own Medicine with Pantry Provisions" section of the pantry series.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
~ Hippocrates

Jacqueline at Deep Roots at Home (with a nursing background and love for natural healing) has graciously agreed to share some information from her archives that will turn your basic food storage into a medicine cabinet as well!

Cinnamon and raw honey are both staples in our "Essential Pantry List".

 Today we will learn how to fight a cold with them:

cinnamon and honey, cure for colds

People of many cultures have been using honey and cinnamon to treat disease for centuries. Folk wisdom still retains knowledge of the healing properties of both raw honey and cinnamon. Both are great alone, but mixing them together increases their power exponentially.

This simple mixture has worked well for us, and if we have a cough, we add my No Side-Effect Cough Remedy. Keeping these two powerhouses on hand in my home-remedy medicine chest is a time saver. I also consider both raw honey and cinnamon to be in the top 10 on my list of preparedness musts.

Obviously, mixing them up is nothing complex; a child could do it in a pinch.

Ingredients and directions:
One teaspoon of preferably local raw honey and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon will usually knock out a cold within a day or two. I add a pinch of grey or pink sea salt (such as Redmond’s Real, Celtic, or Himalayan) for the minerals, too. Mix together and take two times a day x 3 days for best results. Both honey and cinnamon are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal.

If you are worried about what seems to be a lot of sugar, do some research. cites studies that show that honey and cinnamon have several positive effects in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and may reduce blood sugar levels and blood pressure. But, please read more for your self and don’t take my word for it. We personally only use raw, local honey.

Other benefits of honey and cinnamon according to

  • Drinking honey and cinnamon in lukewarm water results in them moving through the bladder and cleansing it of infections.
  • Drinking this beverage on a regular basis can also relieve arthritis pain, and in some cases, entirely cure it.
  • This mixture strengthens the immune system, helping ward off colds as well as some viruses.
  • Regular consumption of honey and cinnamon together, when combined with an overall healthy diet and moderate activity level, can prevent heart disease by clearing clogged arteries.
  • Applying a paste of honey and cinnamon on a guaze pad to infected gums can ease pain and bleeding as well as slow the progression of the infection.
  • Honey and cinnamon also provide energy, making people more mentally alert and ready for physical activity which in turn increases the metabolism.
  • When consumed together, honey and cinnamon can ease digestion, helping to prevent gas.
Note: Do not give this to infants under the age of one year.

honey and cinnamon, cure for the common cold

Coffee-lovers~ consider adding cinnamon and honey to your brew and then drink a big glass of water! Coffee is very dehydrating, but I digress…maybe I’ll talk about that in another post :)

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is approved by the FDA or intended to diagnose, treat or prevent disease. All things on this blog are my opinion or the opinion of others.

For 38 years, I have been a wife to my husband and a teacher of our children in the home. Now a new season has come, and with the blessing of my husband, I write this blog as an encouragement to myself and others. (Titus 2: 3-5) How important is this role of speaking into the lives of younger women! The habits of the home in one generation become the morals of society in the next. As William Ross Wallace said: “The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.”


  1. pinning this! trying to build up my Mama's Medicine Cabinet before the winter flu and cold season.

  2. Thank you! I needed this for my summer cold earlier this week. I did something really similar, substituting ground cayenne pepper for the cinnamon, though I had cinnamon I didn't even think about it! I'll have to remember this for next time. Thanks again!

    1. Cayenne pepper is a powerful healer too! But cinnamon is quite pleasant to the palate :) Thanks for sharing here today!

  3. Thank you for sharing...something my son would actually WANT to take!

  4. Hmmm... I believe this will work ;) Hee Hee! I love building my medicine chest! Thank you, dear JES!

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  6. Thanks for the info! Thanks for the info! I made here a list of home remedy for cough and colds. its effective and give it a try. let me know if it works for you! here are my lists: CLICK HERE FOR MY LIST

  7. I use 1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2-1 teaspoon ginger powder or slice of raw ginger, minced, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, and 1 teaspoon raw honey in a large mug of hot water. Taken in the morning and at night should help to cure a cold. ALL of these ingredients have healing medicinal qualities.