In less than 5 minutes, you can have your own DIY Cough Syrup, free from chemicals, preservatives, and dyes! Two awesome recipes!
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.
The last time one of my kids was sick, our doctor actually told me that we should skip cough syrup, because honey has been shown to be just as effective! While we weren’t using cough syrup, it was nice to hear that using honey for coughs and sore throats wasn’t just a crazy hippy idea, but that it actually works! Both of these recipes have honey in them.
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! We’ll start with the recipe from my mom (the kids call her Grandma Debbie).
Natural, easy to make DIY Cough Syrup. Just 2 ingredients, and no dyes or preservatives!
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar **
- dash cinnamon optional
Mix together honey and vinegar, and if desired cinnamon. You can do this with a whisk, or just put the ingredients in a mason jar and shake it.
Take 1 Tablespoon of cough syrup as needed.
**Make sure to use a good apple cider vinegar, such as Bragg's, since some that claim to be apple cider vinegar are just white vinegar with caramel coloring.
This next recipe from Coconut Mama is delicious. The last time I was sick, I made both of these DIY cough syrup recipes, and alternated between them. If you like the flavor of coconut, just use regular coconut oil. If coconut isn’t your thing, make sure you buy refined coconut oil.
No preservatives, dyes, or chemicals makes for a great DIY cough syrup recipe! This is a recipe you don't have to worry about giving to your family!
- 3 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup honey **
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
Place ingredients in a mason jar inside a small saucepan with several inches of water in it.
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.
**Using local, raw honey makes for an even more effective remedy!
***By making this recipe in a mason jar, you don't have to wash the sauce pan. When you need to use more, just reheat in the mason jar in a saucepan of water.
Either of these cough syrup recipes can be mixed into a cup of tea or hot water to take, if desired.
Both of these recipes 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. Coconut Mama’s cough syrup does separate, and needs to be warmed up, so keep that in mind as well. Grandma Debbie’s cough syrup can be shook up in the jar to mix before taking each time.
Important!!! Both of these recipes contain honey. Please don’t use these for an infant, as honey can cause botulism in babies under a year old.
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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