I have already shared my nine Natural Homemade Cough and Cold Remedies, and promised to post my recipe for homemade cough and cold syrup. I’ve made this before, and it’s easy-peasy.
I can testify that it works well in soothing a throat that is irritated from coughing. Our whole family has used it throughout the winter months when those dry hacking coughs just won’t quit.
In addition to this cough syrup, I just have to tell you that I discovered the most amazing remedy for the croupy barking kind of cough – the kind that keeps you up all night (cue crazy eyes).
Isaac had a terrible barking cough this past winter and it was so bad that he couldn’t sleep because he couldn’t stop coughing for hours at a time (which meant no sleep for us, too. Ugh). In the middle of the night we bundled him up and took him outside in the cold air for a minute, and it stopped the cough in its tracks.
We paired that method with a spoonful of this cough syrup, and slept peacefully the rest of the night!
1 large onion, diced
2/3 cup organic raw honey
1 teaspoon dried cloves (a natural pain reliever)
1 teaspoon ginger (helps loosen mucous and relieves pain and nausea)
the juice of half a lemon
a pinch of cayenne pepper* (helps loosen mucous, and raises body temp to kill off germs – can be omitted or reduced for kids)
Combine all ingredients in a small pot and heat on low. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes, covered on lowest possible heat, stirring occasionally. Strain the onion out, and store the syrup in a glass jar in the fridge.
It should last up to a month in the fridge, but be sure to use your common sense. If it looks or smells off, toss it! I would give as much as a spoonful every hour, maybe a little less for a kid. And, of course, this would not be recommended for a baby under one year, as it contains honey.
Have you ever made homemade cough syrup before?
Re-posted from the archives, circa 2011. An oldie but goodie!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and this post should not be taken as medical advice. Please do your own research. Material on this blog is provided for informational purposes only. It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual, and is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice.