Honey Cough Syrup

Homemade “Honey cough syrup” is fairly common in many countries. Here I have compiled few recipes.

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

 Honey-Lemon Cough Syrup 

Highly effective for soothing sore throats and mild coughs.

  • 16 ounces raw honey
  • 1 lemon


1. Place the honey in a pan then cook on low heat but do not let it boil.

 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 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

 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 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

 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 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

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, 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 molds or drop 1/2 tsp amounts onto parchment paper.

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

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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