I've always thought that there was no cure for the common cold. That might be true, but I recently found a way to make it go away a lot faster!
Both my 2 year old and my 3 year old came down with serious colds just over a week before we left for our Florida vacation. Coughing, runny noses and fussiness invaded my home. Since we all know that little ones can't take decongestants or cough syrups, I armed myself with humidifiers, Vicks VapoRub and felt helpless throughout the first two miserable days and sleepless nights.
Desperate to get my kids congestion-free before our fun family vacation began, I started giving them plain honey at bedtime to help ease their coughs. Then, a friend told me about this easy home remedy for the common cold:
Combine the honey and cinnamon in a bowl. Eat it plain or mixed into tea or applesauce 4 times a day until cold symptoms are alleviated.
*Manuka honey is best for its outstanding antibiotic properties, but the price is definitely prohibitive. Raw honey is also an excellent option. The first batch I made was with “regular” honey in a bear squeeze bottle. The honey-cinnamon mixture worked effectively with the very basic honey.
Easy enough, right? I mixed up a larger batch of 1/4 cup of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a dish and split it between Haiden and Piper to make sure they'd eat it. They weren't crazy about it, but they understood it was “medicine” and each took a spoonful without a fight. Since there were four doses in that dish, they cleaned it out and I made a bigger batch to last for the next few days.
Much to my surprise, their cold symptoms started to clear up about a day and a half after they started taking the honey and cinnamon mixture. I ended up giving it to them for about 4 days total and they were healthy by the day after they finished taking it.
I'm used to my little ones experiencing the worst of a cold, then having runny noses and coughs that last about 2 weeks before being completely over it. For me, 5 days to a completely cleared-up cold is pretty amazing!
It worked for kids, and I can vouch that it worked for me, too! I acquired a mild cold with a horrible-sounding cough on the last day of our vacation. By our second day at home, my husband was telling me to go to a doctor to get my cough treated. Instead, I started the same honey/cinnamon regimen four times a day. My cough was gone, completely gone, 4 days after I began taking it. I don't think I've ever had a cough cleared up so quickly after the onset of a cold!
Combining honey and cinnamon is ridiculously easy and mildly tasty. I also love that there's nothing harmful in either ingredient, as long as everyone taking it is older than 1 year old. (Remember that children less than 1 shouldn't consume honey due to botulism risks.)
The only other thing I know you should do to help your body fight a cold is consume lots of fluids, so I don't see any reason not to take cinnamon and honey to try to cure a cold! It's worked for my family so far!
Do you know of any other remedies to treat or cure a cold?