This Homemade Cough Remedy is a spicy, honey-cider syrup potent enough to calm a cough and sooth a sore throat. Over the past few years, this handy little remedy has become one of the most popular posts on this website. As I mixed up a batch for my son last night, I decided to re-share it with all of you, as a testament to just how much we use it!
After making it all the way through the holidays without a cough, a sneeze or a fever, cold season hit us like a freight train on New Year’s Day. My boys were miserable and I started to feel it as well after a couple of days. I remembered saving this Homemade Cough Remedy recipe to try, so I shook up a tiny little test batch and tested a spoonful on myself. Consider yourself warned, this is seriously spicy and potent enough to actually clear your head. Personally, I think it tastes better than any store-bought syrup I’ve tried.
With only a handful of pantry ingredients and a few minutes effort, this Homemade Cough Remedy was sitting on my counter. I was amazed at how well it worked to completely clear our congestion. My oldest son was willing to try it as well and I couldn’t believe how quickly it worked on his cough.
It cleared his throat and he slept solidly through the night. Over the counter cough medicines don’t even accomplish that for us!The powerful ingredients in this remedy are common everyday items: ginger, cayenne, cider vinegar and honey. Yet they work together to create a potent remedy for cold symptoms. It’s definitely worth trying before turning to the medicine cabinet once again this winter!
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 has unique properties to help tackle the symptoms of sore throats and lingering coughs that come with a winter cold.
Ginger – Ginger is a natural antihistamine, has anti-immflamatory properties, and relieves chest congestion.
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.
Lemon Juice – Loaded with Vitamin C, it helps the immune system. It also cuts through phlegm.
Honey – This makes it taste better, but also helps coat the throat and will draw pus from wounds and has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. *Note: don’t give honey to children under 1 year.*
Cayenne Pepper – Cayenne is warming (duh, because it’s freaking hot!) and relieves pain. It relieves pain by suppressing a chemical that carries the pain message to the brain.