Home made cough syrup is surprisingly effective and very easy to make! Even though coughing is our bodies way of expelling mucous it's sometimes necessary to quiet the cough so we can get a good nights sleep.
Below are several coughing remedies so pick one out that appeals to you. My favorite is the ginger/garlic syrup but any of these recipes can be effective, it's just a matter of taste!
SIMPLE HOMEMADE COUGH SYRUP
Combine lemon juice and honey in a bowl. Slowly stir in the water. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator - take 1-2 tbsp as needed for cough.
Mix a tablespoon into a cup of chamomile tea to help you relax! Great for kids (over the age of 2) especially before bedtime.
BRANDY ONION COUGH SYRUP RECIPE
INSTRUCTIONS: Put the diced onion in the bottom of a bowl. Cover the onion completely with the honey then add the lemon juice and brandy. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning strain the liquid and compost the onion. Pour the homemade cough syrup into a sterile glass jar or bottle and cap securely.
(In a hurry? If you don't want to wait overnight you could heat the honey and the onions on VERY low heat for about 20 minutes, strain, then add the lemon juice & brandy. I really don't like to heat honey because if it gets too hot the heat can destroy many of the medicinal properties of the honey but this does make it much easier to strain!)
TIP: Always use glass or stainless steel pans when making medicinals! Never use alumnimum!
DOSAGE: Take two teaspoons of this home made cough syrup once every three to 4 hours for instant cough relief!
The onions actually fight the bug that has you coughing, the honey soothes your throat, the lemon juice is antiseptic and the brandy is well....medicinal. :)
PLEASE NOTE THAT HONEY SHOULD NOT BE CONSUMED BY DIABETICS OR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 2!
GARLIC HOMEMADE COUGH SYRUP
Garlic is a great antiviral, antibacterial, a decogestant and immune booster and combine it with honey which is soothing and antiseptic and you have a syrup to help prevent and combat cold and flu symptoms!
At the first sign of a cold or flu take 2-3 teaspoons 3 times a day.
THYME FOR HOMEMADE COUGH SYRUP
Follow directions as with the garlic syrup. A great home made cough syrup without the side effects or nasty ingredients!
Here's some other herbs that can combat colds and flu. Don't forget that you can always combine the herbs for more potentcy. Try: Sage, Ginger, Horehound, Peppermint, black Cherry Bark or Elcampane. A pinch of cayenne pepper is also a great addition to any medicinal syrup but add it when you stir in the honey. Don't cook it!
HOMEMADE CHERRY COUGH SYRUP
Make a decoction of the cherry bark and marshmallow root. (Boil in water for roughly 4 minutes. Steep the mixture with the cover on the pot for a few minutes.) Slowly stir in the sugar and cream of tartar, simmer until the mixture becomes thick and sugar granules completely dissolve. Transfer your home made cough syrup to a container and allow to cool before covering tightly.
Dosage: To relieve coughing, sore throat and clear congestion take a maximum of two tablespoons every 2 hours.
TIP: Always keep your homemade coughing cures refrigerated!
HOMEMADE HOREHOUND COUGH DROP RECIPE
Make a batch of Horehound Drops for those mid-winter sore scratchy throats, and coughs. They do seem to help, and they’re one of the most delicious coughing cures.
Hope you enjoy these recipes and please post your own home made cough syrup recipes below!!Home Made Cough Syrup Recipes was found under the HOW TO section
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