Conventional cough syrups can be high in sugar and often don’t remedy a cough. Instead, try this homemade cough syrup recipe, which features raw honey, lemon juice and herbs that can help soothe the throat, boost the immune system and settle a cough.
Easy to mix together, this is a recipe for one day: three servings, taken morning, afternoon and before bed. It loaded with natural cough remedy ingredients and should knock out that cough by the time your heads hits the pillow!
Apple cider vinegar: Containing beneficial bacteria, ACV can help give your immune system a quick boost and also soothe your sore throat.
Garlic: If you can, use actual raw garlic in this recipe. Why? Allicin, a compound found in garlic, is known for its ability to kill the microorganisms that are responsible respiratory infections that can lead to coughing.
Lemon juice: High in vitamin C, lemons are also loaded with antioxidants that can help fight inflammation and promote improved immunity.
Raw honey: Working to relieve irritation, reduce inflammation and increase cytokine release, honey also provides immune-boosting antioxidants. In fact, studies show that a single dose of honey can reduce mucus secretion and coughs … and can be just as effective as diphenhydramine and dextromethorphan, common ingredients found in over-the-counter cough medicines.
Ginger: It carries powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, which makes it a go-to when dealing with respiratory tract infections.
Cinnamon: Containing natural antimicrobial, antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral properties, cinnamon is a welcome and tasty addition to a homemade cough syrup recipe!
Cayenne: With its anti-irritant properties, cayenne pepper can help ease coughs. In addition, it’s full of immune system–supporting beta carotene and antioxidants.
Homemade Cough Syrup
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 3 1x
Try this homemade cough syrup recipe, which features raw honey, lemon juice and herbs that can help soothe the throat, boost the immune system and settle a cough.
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1½ tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- ¼ teaspoon ground garlic (or 3 cloves, finely chopped)
- 1¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- small glass jar
- Add all the ingredients to the jar.
- Put cap on jar and shake contents thoroughly. (And do so before each time you consume.)
- Consume one-third of mixture (just over 1 tablespoon) for each serving.
- Place in refrigerator. (Let it sit out for around 10 minutes for each future use.)
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