Sunday, August 17, 2014

Apothecary: Cinnamon Cough Remedy

This week both of the girls I nanny came down with a cough and runny noses. Needless to say, by the end of the week I too had a runny nose, cough, and a fever. Not fun! I don't like to take medications unless I absolutely have to, so this weekend I have been drinking lots of warm water with honey and lemon and using my Cinnamon Cough Remedy. It doesn't taste the best, but it works.

Cinnamon is used to treat a variety of ailments particularly those pertaining to the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems. It is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and expectorant, making it ideal for treating coughs.

Herbal Remedy: Cinnamon Cough Remedy

     1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
     1 tablespoon raw honey
     1 cup warm water

Mix and drink twice a day to soothe cough and cold.


I have a hard time drinking it all because I am not a huge fan of cinnamon, let alone a whole tablespoon of it. Flu season will be upon us soon and with little ones back in school, the likelihood we will all be having a cough is high. Keep this in your arsenal of herbal remedies this season to reduce symptoms and fight infection.


  1. I love cinnamon, but one teaspoon of cassia cinnamon a day takes you over your rda of coumarin which can cause liver damage, significantly lower your blood sugar and has been linked to cancer. Ceylon cinnamon, which is harder to get, is much safer with only trace amounts of coumarin.

    That being said, I'm quite keen to try this with some Ceylon. Would it work infusing the water with cinnamon stick rather than having to cope with a large amount of gritty powdered cinnamon?

    1. You could definitely try it. For this particular remedy, I have only ever used ground cinnamon. Since this usually treats my cough within a day or two, I'm not worried about a cinnamon overdose if you will. Its certainly potent but the honey makes the gritty cinnamon much more palpable and smooth. You could infuse the honey with cinnamon sticks and try it that way! If you do, please let me know how it goes!


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