Honey Cough Syrup

Is honey good for cough

Raw Honey contains antioxidants and antibacterial properties that help keep cough in control. It makes honey an effective cough syrup.

The Homemade “Honey cough syrup” is fairly common in many countries. Here I have compiled a handful of honey remedies for cough.

What does the study say?

Several studies reveal that Honey may be better than over the counter medicines because there is no threat of side effects.

For example, one of the studies found that one tablespoon of pure Honey given to children (must be above 1 year old) before going to bed had a positive effect in controlling cough among children.

However, more studies are needed to find out its benefits for cough.

Refer to my previous blog to find various tried and tested home remedies for cough and cold.

Also, go through an important piece of information on how to check the purity of honey. This is essential due to the widespread honey adulteration.

Honey-Lemon Cough Syrup 

Honey and lemon remedy for cough

Highly effective for soothing sore throats and mild coughs. In fact, it has been in use for many years.

  • 16 ounces raw honey
  • 1 lemon


1. Place the honey in a pan then cook on low heat but do not let it boil. Otherwise, it may lose its valuable nutrients.

 2. Bring a separate pan of boiling water to a boil, place lemon in it and leave to boil until the outer skin becomes soft. Leave to cool. Slice the softened lemon into 4 pieces.

 3. Place the sliced lemon into honey and simmer on low heat for 1 hour. Pass the mixture through a strainer to remove seeds and lemon. Let the mixture cool.

 4. Once cool, place in a container, cover and put in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

 5. Take 4 times daily or as needed. Adults-1 Tablespoon; children 50 pounds and above-1 teaspoon; and children under 50 pounds – ½ tablespoon.

Anise-Honey Cough Syrup

Honey and anise seed remedy for cough

 Helps to treat coughs, asthma and bronchitis.

  • 2 cups honey
  • 1 tsp anise seed, crushed


1. Bring 1½ cups water to a boil, place the crushed anise seed inside, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.

 2. Pass the liquid through a strainer, simmer until 1 cup remains then add honey and mix thoroughly.

 3. Place in a sealed container and refrigerate. (Can last up to 2 months)

Horehound-Honey Cough Syrup

Raw Honey remedy for cough

 Horehound contains a phlegm-loosening expectorant.

  •  Honey 1 ounce
  • Horehound leaves, dried


1. Bring 16 oz water to a boil then place the horehound leaves in it. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

2. Strain to remove the leaves. Next, add one part of the mixture to two parts honey, shaking thoroughly.

 3. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for two months. Take 4 times daily or as needed.

 Honey Gargle For Sore Throats

Pure Honey remedy for cough

For quick relief

  •  3 tbsp raw honey
  •  1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup hot water


Remedy 1:

 1. Mix ingredients together.

2. Gargle with this mixture 4-5 times daily to soothe your sore throat.

Remedy 2:

  •  2 tbsp honey
  •  4 tbsp squeezed lemon juice
  •  Pinch of salt


1. Mix ingredients together.

 2. Gargle with this mixture 4-5 times daily to soothe your sore throat.

Honey Cough Drops

Natural Honey remedy for cough

 Natural, sweet and very effective!

  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder – optional


 1. Boil honey to 300 degrees F. Pour mixture into small candy moulds or drop 1/2 tsp amounts onto parchment paper.

2. Leave to cool completely before removing from parchment paper or moulds.

There are other Natural Home remedies helpful for your health.

Disclaimer: The remedies, approaches, and techniques described here are meant to supplement, and not to be a substitute for, professional medical care or treatment. They should not be used to treat a serious injury or health problem without prior consultation with a qualified health care professional.

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