Honey and Cinnamon for Colds

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honey and cinnamon for colds

With cold and flu season on the verge, I thought I would share my favorite cold and flu remedy.

A mixture of honey and cinnamon for colds or the flu has been used for generations! The mixture is often called a cure for colds. It has been shown to reduce the length of a cold by at least 2 days and it also reduces the severity of symptoms.

Why a Mixture of Honey and Cinnamon for Colds or the Flu Works

Honey has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-microbial properties. Many studies have shown that it is effective at fighting external and internal infections.

Cinnamon is also beneficial as it contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties.

Honey and cinnamon are powerful immune boosters! You can use this remedy to not only reduce the severity of your cold, but also prevent future colds or other viruses.

Together these two ingredients make a super healing combination.

What Kind of Honey and Cinnamon is Best?

The majority of honey on store shelves is highly processed and isn’t really pure honey. For this reason, it is best to only use organic raw honey that is unpasteurized. Raw honey contains the most nutrients making it more effective at boosting the immune system and warding off viruses. You may be able to find raw honey locally, such as at a farmer’s market, but you can also get it online.

It is also beneficial to use Ceylon cinnamon compared to cassia cinnamon, as it more nutrient dense.

Honey and Cinnamon for Colds Mixture



1. Mix honey and cinnamon.
2. Take it 2 times a day, for 3 days as soon as you feel a cold or flu coming on.

If you don’t want to take the mixture straight, you can still get the benefits by adding the ingredients to a cup of tea.

Honey and Cinnamon Tea


  •      1 teaspoon of raw honey (see it here)
  •     1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (see it here)
  •     1/2 freshly squeezed lemon
  •     1 cup of water


1. Bring water to a light boil, remove from heat and pour into a glass.
2. Add honey, cinnamon, lemon, and stir.
3. Drink the tea 2 times a day, for 3 days.

Another easy way to take the mixture is to spread it on a slice of bread.

Have you tried a mixture of honey and cinnamon for colds or the flu? Did it work for you?

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  1. Shauntice says

    I steep a piece of fresh ginger and mix the cinnamon and honey in with that water. It’s actually good and knocked my cold out in a few days. I felt better after just drinking it a few times over a 24 hour period.

  2. Eccreen says

    Thanx for the recipe actully l will try it l have been hearing of it from friends so l decided to check on internet.it is very interesting.

        • jillian says

          No. It’s just cinnamon and honey. You are not taking in an extreme amount of either. Neither of these are restricted to pregnant ladies. I am pregnant and started doing this last night because I really don’t like taking medicine while pregnant.

  3. Alex says

    Not really relevant to this post, but the next time I feel a cold coming on I am going to try cloving it to death :)

    Seriously, cloves are supposed to be highly anti-inflammatory as well as the food with the highest per capita anti-oxident value. So, I’ll use a coffee grinder to crush them, and then mix it into water – followed by drinking the concoction. Hopefully it will be the anti-cold tonic I’ve always been looking for.

    Suppose it wouldn’t hurt to add the cinnamon & honey combo as well :)

  4. says

    I have been buying XyliWhite cinnafresh toothpaste gel from now at a vitamin store.
    Since I have been reading and re-encountering articles about baking soda and coconut oil toothpaste, I have began each morning and ended each day swishing for 20 – 30 mins. with my mixed baking soda and coconut oil. Then, I drink my vitamins with mixed 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup aloe vera. I conclude with brushing with NOW’s XyliWhite cinnafresh ToothpasteGel. What I want to know is recipes or advice I keep encountering with coconut and baking soda peppermint is added: how much cinnamon can be added or substituted instead of peppermint? plus what are the further benefits of cinnamon added?

  5. Michael says

    I have just recently discovered the health benefits of raw honey. I knew it was good for you and much better than sugar but of late I’ve been doing a little more research in to the subject. To be honest honey is much better for you when you combine it with another ingredient or two. These then work together with greater effect.

    I have been warming milk on the stove with fresh root ginger in it. I thinly slice the ginger and place it in the cold milk. Slowly heating the milk until it begins to steam and then remove from the heat and place a plate over the pan and leave for at least an hour.

    I then warm the milk back up in a microwave and then add in a teaspoon or two of raw honey. It tastes great and the combination of these ingredients has a powerful effect on your immune system and body as a whole.

    I also do the same as the above but use cinnamon instead of the ginger. I’ve found that one stick of cinnamon to 4 mugs of milk is ample although you can experiment for your own tastes.

    I’m giving this to my family each day to ward off cold, flu and other virus infections before they even get in to the body.

  6. jessica says

    Can this be used on Toddlers? I know infants shouldn’t have Honey (or so the doc says) but didn’t know about my toddler. I have seen some of the all natural sources not good for babies.

  7. Anil Khan says

    Why not add all herbs in one drink? I add Ginger, lemon grass, cinnamon, mint and green tea for maximum health benefits.

          • Terri says

            She’s *not* experimenting lol, if she were, she wouldn’t have bothered to *ask* if it were okay to use…

            If you follow that link that Lori posted, what she says is there, is half true, it actually states: “Pregnant women should not use large amounts of cinnamon powder (culinary uses or under 1/2 tsp day is fine) or any cinnamon essential oil as it can cause contractions. As always, check with a doctor or medical professional before using cinnamon or any other herb medicinally.

            There is some evidence that the coumarin in cinnamon can be harmful at large doses. Ceylon Cinnamon has a much, much lower amount of coumarin, making it safer to take in large doses or during pregnancy or breastfeeding. It also has a much milder taste, making it suitable for children.”

            The instructions on this blog say to use 1/4 tsp, 2x a day, therefore, it falls within the guidelines…

            As with everything else, it requires personal research regarding the health benefits vs. risk. Someone who uses ceylon cinnamon regularly, knows they have no allergies, etc. is more likely to be perfectly fine using a cup or two of cinnamon tea a day to help get rid of a cold. Plus, it’s way better than the alternatives! Before I came to the natural side, I would have used Dimetapp or followed some wackjob on babycenter like this guy http://www.babycenter.com/404_is-it-safe-to-take-cold-medications-during-pregnancy_2299.bc and in fact, I did with my 10 year old!

            At least “Anonymous” is wanting to try something natural so instead of a snide remark of “why would you want to experiment anything new on 7th month of pregnancy” why not offer some actual help, point her in the right direction to decide for herself? Personally, I would use it, then again I also ate a LOT of celery during my pregnancy too (mmmmmm, celery and peanut butter!) and drank chamomile tea too, both of which also contain coumarin, the ingredient in question and had no issues from it whatsoever, but again, that’s me personally, others who are sensitive to it, can be harmed by it, so it’s all about knowing yourself and your body… I really hope that “Anonymous” has emails set up or comes back to this page and that she hasn’t been scared off of natural living because I know what it’s like to be new to this community of people and while not always the most tactful, they generally do have wayyyy better information and studies to prove it than most medical doctors I know!

            Anyway, that’s my take on it…

            • Katie says

              Thank you! I thought of leaving a similar comment myself, but you said it much better than I could have. As a pregnant momma myself, I get so sick of the ‘just don’t risk it’ attitude that people tend to get with health questions. So, what, I’m suppposed to sit home sick as a dog until my fever reaches a dangerous level and I need prescriptions to treat it? (I’m not the one who asked the question, but I still appreciate your answer)

          • Katie says

            Uhh ..nope. Where did you come by this information? How on earth would a fetus get botulism anyway? The honey isn’t going directly to the baby’s digestion, it’s filtered first through the mother’s stronger immune system. Honey is only a problem post-birth, for infants before the immune system fully develops.

  8. Sandy says

    A sure fire recipe that I have been using for years, and always found it to work within 24hrs:
    4 lemons, skin and all
    2 orange2, skin and all
    1/2 grapefruit, skin on too
    2 cloves fresh garlic
    knob of ginger (size to your own taste)
    Chop all loosely and put through a juicer. Keep the juice in the fridge and put 1/2 cup of the mix in your favourite coffee cup, fill with hot water and add organic manuka honey to taste.
    Have this up to 3 times per day. I find that this usually makes enough juice to last about 3-4 days.

  9. Jenna says

    Yes do NOT add boiling water to raw honey you will destroy the benefits of taking it. I add a little cold water to my boiling water to cool it down making it warm then I add my raw honey. Btw you can purchase Ceylon Cinnamon and raw organic honey at iHerb.com that is where I always buy my healthy yummies.

  10. Sherry says

    Can liquid cinnamon be used in place of powder? if so how much should be mixed with the honey? 2 droppers = 500 mg.

    • Lori Klein says

      I’ve never used liquid cinnamon before, but I just looked it up and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon is 1 gram of cinnamon.

  11. jalal says

    hi, my sugar level is 136/140,can i take honey and cinamon.i didnt had sugar,but sudenly it appairs.my age is 34years.

  12. chelsea says

    I have a naturally raw honey but its not the same kind suggested above and plain ground cinnamon. Will this work?

  13. mike says

    You hit the nail right on the head.
    CEYLON cinnamon and RAW honey. 2 of the best. I do much research, and looks like you do also. mike

  14. Maria says

    My mom used to make this for us when we were little and I would make it for my kids when they were little. Now that they are adults they make it when they’re not feeling well. It works! I swear by this cinnamon, lemon & honey tea. This home remedy is the best.

  15. Soren says

    Thanks Lori. It’s also nice to use raw honey with black pepper – an Indian medicine. Add your choice of cayenne or ground black pepper to some honey and have it in the morning with or without some warm water. This is to help colds and also stimulate the digestion. It’s tastier than you would expect too.

  16. Anonymous says

    Does anyone else have trouble mixing there honey and cinnamon together? Am I doing something wrong? It never quite mixes always have the cinnamon floating on the top even though I mix it very very well. Any suggestions?


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