DIY Homemade Cough Syrup

Cough is one of the common problem for people of all ages. There are so many ways in which you can treat cough at home with different home remedies. Earlier we had a post on Home Remedies for Cough. But today, we are going to see a different recipe for cough. This is a DIY homemade cough syrup that is easy to do at home.

All the ingredients in this homemade cough syrup recipes are all natural and so does not cause any side effects. Moreover, it is also tasty, cost-effective, and a healthier option when compared to store-bought cough syrups. The taste of the syrup can be adjusted as per the preference and age matter. For children, honey can be left out and sugar can be added. For those with dry cough problems, more honey should be added. You can refrigerate the recipe for certain amount of time and used until the cough subsides. However, always make it fresh and do not keep it for more than a month. Try out this homemade cough syrup at home. 

Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe #1 – Lemon and Honey 


Lemon juice – ¼ cup

Honey – ¼ cup

Food glycerin – ¼ cup

Direction to use
  • Take a clean bowl and pour food grade glycerin into it.
  • Now add some freshly squeezed lemon juice and raw honey into it.
  • You can also add a little ginger juice into this.
  • Mix all the ingredients well and then transfer it into a clean airtight container.
  • You can also store this cough syrup in the refrigerator for further use, it will last for a couple of months.
  • Drink one teaspoon of this cough syrup every few hours.

Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe #2 – Ginger and Honey 


Ginger slices – ¼ cup

Lemon – 2

Water – 1 cup

Raw honey – 1 cup

Direction to use
  • Take one cup of water in a sauce pan.
  • Now add some freshly sliced ginger into it.
  • Take a grater or zester and zest 2 fresh lemons.
  • Strain this mixture and take out the lemon juice from it and pour it in a cup.
  • Add two tbsp of this lemon zest into the sauce pan along with ginger.
  • Bring this mixture to boil, and then make it simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Strain this mixture and keep it aside.
  • Take one cup of raw honey and pour it into a clean saucepan.
  • Now heat it under low heat, but do not let it boil.
  • Add the above mixture and the lemon extract into it.
  • Stir continuously over low heat for a few minutes.
  • Now take the pan from heat and pour the solution to airtight jar.

For ages 1 to 5 years – ½ to 1 tsp for every 2 hours

For ages 5 to 12 years – 1 to 2 tsp for every 2 hours

For more than 12 years – 1 to 2 tbsp for every four hours

Note:  Do not give these cough syrups to children under age 1, since we have used raw honey. This might cause a rare, but possibly fatal, type of food poisoning.

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