Welcome back to another “Outside the Box Monday!” Today I’m sharing a recipe to make your own cough syrup!
I bet most of you didn’t even know it was possible to make your own cough syrup, but it is– and best of all, it’s easy!
Making your own cough syrup will save you money. But even better is the fact that these recipes are natural, and you don’t have to worry about giving your family chemicals, dyes, and other questionable ingredients.
My mom actually shared this first recipe with me a while back, and we used it and loved it, but when I started looking online to see if there were other homemade cough syrup recipes, I found another that seems great too, so I’m sharing them both today!
Grandma Debbie’s Cough Syrup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (make sure to use a good apple cider vinegar, such as Bragg’s, since some are just white vinegar with caramel coloring)
- optional, dash of cinnamon
- Mix together honey and vinegar, and if desired cinnamon.
- Take 1 Tablespoon of cough syrup as needed.
- 3 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- In a small saucepan, heat ingredients over low until coconut oil melts.
- Take a spoonful warm, at a time, as needed.
- Keep refrigerated, and warm enough to make liquid before taking each dose.
I heated Coconut Mama’s Cough Syrup in a mason jar in a saucepan full of water, just to save washing a dish!
*Either cough syrup recipe can be mixed into a cup of tea or hot water to take, if desired.
So here’s what I think about these two recipes. They are both pretty tart, so if you’re giving them to a child, you may want to put them in warm water so they’re not so strong. Obviously the one is a vinegar tart, and the other is lemon tart, so that might make a difference on which you like. The coconut cough syrup does separate, and needs to be warmed up, so keep that in mind as well. If you try these cough syrup recipes out, I would love to know what you think of them!
Has your family had any colds so far this year? How do you usually treat colds and coughs?
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