We donâ€™t get sick often, and when we do, I prefer to let the body fight the illness naturally whenever possible. That being said, illnesses that include coughing (like bronchitis or a particularly bad flu season) can be exhausting and uncomfortable because they limit the ability to sleep well.
In those cases, I use this homemade cough syrup to soothe the urge to cough and help the afflicted get some much-needed rest.
This easy home remedy is full of healthy ingredients that naturally soothe a sore throat and boost the immune system.
Here are the essential ingredients of this cough medicine, and the healing properties of each:
You can find most of these ingredients in your local health store, grocery store, or on Amazon. Iâ€™ve provided links in the recipe below to the sources I use.
Iâ€™ve gotten a lot of great questions about my homemade cough syrup recipe! Hereâ€™s a few common ones:
This easy combination of herbs helps soothe the throat to ease coughing and promote restful sleep. I only use this remedy on children who are older due to the raw honey. Check with your doctor before using with kids under two years old. If you want to be extra careful, you can also substitute maple syrup in its place.
This soothing cough syrup uses honey, herbs, and citrus to calm coughing and sore throat.
In a medium size saucepan, combine the water and dried herbs.
Bring it to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
Simmer until the volume is reduced by about half (you will need 1 cup of liquid after herbs are strained off).
Pour the herb infused water through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove herbs (compost the herbs!).
While the liquid is still warm, whisk in the lemon juice and honey.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months.
I give 1 teaspoon to children and 1 tablespoon to adults as needed for symptoms.
Note: this is not medical advice. Please check with your doctor if concerned about symptoms.
Have you ever made cough syrup? What herbs did you add? What natural remedies do you use to ease coughing? Share below!