Applesauce and cinnamon for diarrhea

Applesauce and cinnamon for diarrhea

Applesauce and cinnamon for diarrhea


Do you want to hear an old naturopathic secret for diarrhea?

It’s so simple it is almost hard to believe it works: applesauce and cinnamon for diarrhea.

So first of all, make sure you see your doctor before giving this to you or your child.  Remember that some infectious diarrhea is actually beneficial – it helps flush out the intestine from the virus, bacteria (or toxin) that is causing illness.  Also, don’t be stupid – applesauce and cinnamon is NOT going to stop diarrhea that has a serious medical cause.  (And definitely don’t do it if you have bloody diarrhea.  Ouch!)

But for those lingering cases of diarrhea after the stomach flu – this trick is golden.  It also tends to work in cases of functional chronic diarrhea (diarrhea that has no known cause), and for people who just tend toward loose stools.

Here’s how it works:

Mix 1 teaspoon carob powder or cinnamon powder with 1/2 cup applesauce (use half this amount for children).   Cinnamon has antimicrobial, demulcent (soothing), and astringent (tissue-tightening) properties to help fight infections, tighten tissue, and stop diarrhea.  Eat several times per day or until symptoms resolve.

Carob powder actually works a little bit better than cinnamon, but more people have cinnamon powder on hand in a pinch.

Have you tried this trick? Did it work for you?

Erika Krumbeck, ND, FABNP
Erika Krumbeck

Dr. Erika Krumbeck is the proud founder and editor of, the leading internet source for trustworthy natural health information for children and naturopathic pediatric providers. She is also the owner of Montana Whole Health, a primary care naturopathic practice in Missoula, MT. She is one of few doctors with the FABNP designation, meaning she is a board-certified pediatric naturopathic physician. Dr. Krumbeck has specialized training in treating chronic conditions in children using safe, gentle and effective natural remedies. She helps bridge the gap between conventional medicine and complementary/alternative medicine by using both new research and traditional naturopathic therapies to guide treatment.


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    November 28, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    It worked for me

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    November 28, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    I have consistent diarrhea, lactose intolerance to milk products; and am unable to keep down my oral medications post 10 years gastric bypass surgery. The only way I can keep down oral medications is eating 100 cc of cinnamon applesauce before my oral med each day. Trial and error I found this solution.

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