I am not a fan of over-the-counter cough syrups, and for good reason. Nevertheless, there are times (like today) when the cacophony of hacks and sniffles demands a little extra attention, and children need relief from coughing so they can get their healing sleep.
Besides the usual rest, immune-builders, and liquids, homemade cough syrup can provide some relief. Many of the old recipes contained whiskey. I can see how that would knock the little ones out for a few hours. This homemade cough syrup recipe which my great grandmother passed down to my mother is alcohol free.
Great Grandma’s Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe
Cough Syrup Ingredients
- one cup honey, raw is best
- one teaspoon ginger
- juice of one lemon
Combine and simmer over very low heat for 15 minutes. Do not overheat, as the raw honey will lose some of its remarkable nutritional and healing benefits. This is also great for sore throats. (If you don’t want to risk overheating, put the honey in after combining and heating the lemon juice and ginger.)
Thanks, Great Grandma!
I also found several homemade cough syrup recipes from bloggers around the web. Here are my top four.
Top Four Homemade Cough Syrup Recipes
The following homemade cough remedies are organized in order of what is most readily available in my pantry. Your pantry staples are probably slightly different than mine, so take a peek at each before deciding on one.
Keeper of the Home: Building on a simple base of raw honey and onion, Stephanie also offers options to enhance the homemade cough remedy with ingredients you may or may not have readily at hand. The options make it suitable for most pantries.
Nourishing Joy: While not quite as simple as Great Grandma’s recipe, Kresha’s homemade cough syrup can easily and quickly be created from items I have readily on hand. If you are an avid do-it-yourselfer in the kitchen, you’ll recognize all the ingredients. Kresha also explains the health benefits of each component in her cough remedy. She also has a recipe for herbal cough crops.
Frugally Sustainable: Andrea’s homemade cough syrup uses fantastic ingredients, not all of which are in the average pantry. She recommends planning ahead, preparing the herbal syrup in advance, and storing it in the refrigerator until the first signs of a cold sneak into your home.
Modern Alternative Mama: I only have three of the six ingredients in Kate’s elderberry and honey cough syrup recipe. Nevertheless, by preparing ahead for the inevitability of the season, you could be stocked up and ready to concoct a batch of this powerhouse against colds. Kate successfully uses this homemade cough remedy for her own family.
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