Recipe for Homemade Cough Syrup and Sore Throat Soother

This Homemade Cough Syrup is a great natural remedy to have on hand for sore throats and lingering coughs.

Homemade Cough Syrup and Sore Throat Soother - Natural Remedy for Coughs and Colds

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I recently had the worst cold.

It was one of those I can’t get out of bed but every time I lay down I start hacking up a lung.

My nose was so congested I feel like I’m blowing my brains out kind of colds.

On top of that my voice sounded super amazing.

I was frustrated because it hit me at the worst time when I had a lot of things on my plate that I needed to deal with.

And though it might sound trivial, it is torture for me to lose my voice this time of year.

It kind of puts a stop to the 24/7 Christmas Karaoke that happens in my house and that is no fun at all.

You might think this is a joke, but seriously…it isn’t.

My friend Becca brought me some Homemade Cough Syrup when after struggling for a week with this cold.

I felt like I had tried everything already and yet nothing was really helping.

At this point I was willing to try just about anything so that I could speak without hacking up a lung and breathing didn’t feel like so much work.

Let me tell you, this homemade cough syrup is amazing stuff.

Becca warned me that it would taste awful. Like, really strong.

Honestly, I didn’t think it was that bad. It is some seriously strong stuff and pretty hot, but it works!

How to Make Homemade Cough Syrup

You’ll need a few simple ingredients to make this homemade cough syrup and sore throat soother.

I bet you have most of them in your spice cabinet already – I only had to buy the fresh lemon juice.

The recipe instructions are super simple – combine all the ingredients in a glass jar with a lid and shake it up!

How to Use Homemade Cough Syrup

I found that the best way to use this cough syrup recipe was to put a teaspoon (that’s all you really want to use at a time) in a small cup, like a shot glass, and down it in the back of your throat.

This method minimizes the super strong taste when you miss your tongue completely.

Your throat is really what you want to coat with this homemade cough syrup – not your mouth, teeth, and tongue.

Then, chase that with a cup full of water.

I usually do a quick teeth brushing afterwards too, since the mixture is pretty acidic, to protect the enamel of my teeth.

This isn’t something you want sitting on your teeth all day.

Note: Personal discretion is advised when using this recipe for homemade cough syrup.

It is hot and strong. It may not be best for children (or even adults) who have difficulty with the contained ingredients.

I did find it very helpful and beneficial in my personal use, however. 

Homemade Cough Syrup and Sore Throat Soother - Natural Remedy for Coughs and Colds

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After just a day of using this, I’m happy to report that I was back to annoying my kids with my constant Christmas Carol singing.

Homemade Cough Syrup – Why Does it Work?

This recipe for homemade cough syrup features a mixture of apple cider vinegar, lemon, cayenne, ginger, honey, and water.

Each ingredient in this homemade cough syrup has unique properties to help tackle the symptoms of sore throats and lingering coughs that come with a winter cold.

Store it in a jar, like one of these cute Weck Jars, in the refrigerator.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar restores the body’s pH factor, which becomes more alkaline during a cold.

It also helps slow down mucus production and thins mucous.

Definitely a necessary ingredient in any homemade cough syrup recipe.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is loaded with Vitamin C.

It helps the immune system.

The lemon juice in this homemade cough syrup also cuts through phlegm – which is usually in abundance during a cold.

Ginger

Ginger is a natural antihistamine.

It has anti-immflamatory properties, and relieves chest congestion.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne is warming (duh, because it’s freaking hot!) and relieves pain.

How does cayenne pepper relieve pain when it causes pain because it is hot?

The cayenne pepper in this homemade cough syrup relieves pain by suppressing a chemical that carries the pain message to the brain.

Honey

This makes it taste better.

As if improving the taste wasn’t enough, honey actually has a medicinal purpose in this homemade cough syrup.

It helps coat the throat and will draw pus from wounds.

Honey also has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

*Note: it is not recommended to give honey to any child under 1 year of age under any circumstances.*

What are your favorite natural remedies for a cough or sore throat?

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Homemade Cough Syrup

Homemade Cough Syrup

Yield: about 40 teaspoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Use this homemade cough syrup as a natural remedy for sore throats and coughs this winter.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a jar.
  2. Cover with a lid and shake to combine.
  3. Take 1 teaspoon at a time to soothe sore throats and coughs.
  4. Repeat every couple of hours as needed.

Notes

Store in the refrigerator.

Do not give to children under 1 year because it contains honey.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 0g
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