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Cinnamon for Natural Respiratory Relief for People and Poultry

Cinnamon not only tastes good, it helps with respiratory distress for people and poultry.

Cinnamon not only makes cookies and all kinds of baked goods and warm oatmeal taste yummy, it also reduces cholesterol and reduces blood sugar. 

Like most spices, cinnamon has all kinds of beneficial health properties when added to the diet of humans (or animals!)

Cinnamon acts as an:

  • antibacterial
  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
It also helps to heal infections and can guard against cancer, Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases. 

But the health benefits of cinnamon aren't limited to humans. Cinnamon can be super beneficial for your flock's health as well.

Chickens are very susceptible to respiratory illness, so adding some cinnamon to their diet can help protect them and keep them healthier.

Cinnamon for Natural Respiratory Relief for Poultry

Mixed into your chickens' feed or a bowl of warm oatmeal in the winter, ground cinnamon can help with:

  • respiratory distress
  • muscle spasms
  • nasal congestion
  • coughing
  • infections
  • the common cold

Clearly, cinnamon has wonderful health benefits for both humans AND chickens. So today, I'm going to share a recipe that can help both.

Cinnamon for Natural Respiratory Relief for People and Poultry

If you suffer from bronchitis or feel a scratchy throat coming on, or your chickens are making hacking or wheezing noises when they breathe, try whipping up a batch of this all-natural Cinnamon Honey Bronchitis and Cough Relief. 

Cinnamon Honey Bronchitis and Cough Relief 

What you Need |
1/2 cup local honey

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

A few turns of fresh cracked black pepper

What you Do |

Whisk the above ingredients together in a small glass jar.  Store in a cool, dry place.

Then add 1 teaspoon of the spiced honey into a cup of hot tea or plain hot water each morning or just eat right from the spoon. 

For your flock, you can stir a few teaspoons into their water or just give them a small dish of the spiced honey.

It's as simple as that. No cough drops, no cough medicine with codeine. Just good old-fashioned spices and honey. AND it actually tastes pretty good!

As little as a 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon a day added to your diet can have wonderful health benefits, so sprinkle some on your cereal, and include it in baked goods, as well as in this spiced honey.

Note: There are two common types of cinnamon, Cassia and Ceylon. You'll want to try and find Ceylon cinnamon because it contains less coumarin (which can cause liver damage and thin the blood in excessive dosages), but either variety in moderation is just fine to incorporate into your diet.

Read more about using cinnamon and other common spices in your chicken keeping here.

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