HOME MADE COUGH SYRUP
AND COUGH DROP RECIPES

Homegrown herbs make the best medicine!

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

  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup warm water

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

Ingedients:

  • 1 diced onion
  • About 1/4 cup honey or enough to cover the onions
  • Juice of one large lemon (you could use 4 tablespoons ReaLemon lemon juice in a pinch)
  • 2 jiggers brandy

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!

You'll need:

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey

  1. Crush the garlic cloves (no need to peel) and add them to a saucepan with the water. Bring to boil and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. (You should have about 1/2 the liguid you started with.) This is called a decoction.
  2. Add the lemon juice and honey and simmer on very low heat for another 2 minutes.
  3. Allow the syrup to cool slightly and strain into a glass jar or bottle. This homemade cough syrup will keep for two to three weeks in the fridge.

At the first sign of a cold or flu take 2-3 teaspoons 3 times a day.



THYME FOR HOMEMADE COUGH SYRUP

You'll need:

  • About 1/4 cup dried thyme or 1/2 cup fresh thyme
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar (scant)
  • 1 tsp wild cherry bark
  • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp chopped dried marshmallow root

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.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dried horehound leaves or 1/2 cup fresh
  • 2 cups water
  • honey
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • confectioners' sugar

Directions:

  1. Boil the horehound leaves in the 2 cups water for 10 minutes; discard leaves.
  2. Add twice as much honey as the remaining liquid and stir the mixture smooth.
  3. Then blend 2 cups of sugar with 1/8 tsp. of cream of tartar in a saucepan, and add the honey-horehound mixture.
  4. Stir over medium heat until sugar melts.
  5. Then lower flame and continue stirring till a dollop of the candy forms a hard ball when dropped in cold water.
  6. At that point, pour syrup into buttered baking dish and cut into small squares as candy begins to harden.
  7. Finally, roll in confectioners sugar and then granulated sugar and store in airtight containers.

Hope you enjoy these recipes and please post your own home made cough syrup recipes below!!

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