Come winter season, coughs and colds are rampant. But instead of using over-the-counter cough medicines, try these wonderful natural remedies that you can make at home. There are many common kitchen ingredients and herbs that have an expectorant action which reduces phlegm and mucus to clear airways. Making your own cough drops and syrup is easy and also saves you tons of money. Also, if you take a look at conventional cough suppressants, you will find many harmful ingredients that cause drowsiness, stomach pain, problems with memory and concentration and so on. So let us study some easy herbal homemade cough syrup remedy for toddlers and adults alike.
1. Herbal homemade cough syrup for dry and wet cough
This simple homemade cough remedy for adults and toddlers contains many herbs like elderberry, ginger, mullein and thyme. These loosen the phlegm and provide relief from dry coughs as well as throat irritation.
- Powdered herbs (ginger, aniseed, thyme, elderberry)
- 1 cup sugar or honey
- Water 1 ½ cups
- Light corn syrup 1/3rd cup
- Powdered sugar
Steep any of the herbs of your choice in 1 ½ cups boiling water to make a tea. Next, mix corn syrup and sugar with the tea. Cook the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Continue boiling (do not stir) until the mixture begins to crystallize. You need to wash away the crystals from the sides of the pan with a damp washcloth. Remove from heat and using a spoon, drop the sticky mixture on a greased pan. Allow to cool completely. Once slightly hardened, roll them into drops and coat them with powdered sugar. Kids will love these herbaceous treats.
2. Old fashioned cough remedy
- 1 tbsp organic whole flaxseed
- A pint of water
- 1 oz sodium citrate
- 2 tbsp vegetable glycerin
- Juice of an entire lemon
- 2-3 drops of peppermint essence
To the pint of boiling water, add the flaxseeds and continue to heat for 20-30 minutes. Next, cool the mixture and drain. To the resulting liquid, add the remaining ingredients. Take this old fashioned cough remedy every 2 hours for 3 days or as needed.
3. Homemade cough syrup with apple cider vinegar and garlic
- 1 or more large bulbs of garlic
- One cup organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup honey or sugar
Boil the garlic in vinegar until the garlic cloves are soft. Add honey or sugar and simmer to make syrup. When taking this mixture for coughs, mix with equal quantity of whiskey. This delicious homemade cough syrup is a favorite with kids and adults alike.
4. Easy homemade cough suppressant that works!
This homemade cough syrup also contains apple cider vinegar with honey and glycerin. It works where all other medicines fail!
- 1 cup organic honey
- ½ cup cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp glycerin
Mix all ingredients and take a teaspoon before bedtime.
5. Homemade cough syrup without honey
- Handful of horehound leaves
- A quart of water
- 2 cups brown sugar
- Pinch of menthol crystals
Boil the water and add horehound leaves to it. Let the mixture stand and steep for 2 hours. Next, add the brown sugar and boil for 30 minutes. Dissolve the menthol crystals in the syrup. Take this old fashioned cough remedy as desired.
6. Easy lemon cough syrup
For folks looking for homemade cough syrup remedies without honey, this one is a treat!
- 3 fresh lemons, slice
- 1 lb of brown sugar
- Sweet almond oil-1 tbsp
Boil the lemon until soft and slice them. Mix them with the sugar stew together for 15 minutes until syrupy. Cool completely before adding the almond oil. This easy homemade cough remedy for adults and toddlers really works!
7. Powerful homemade cough syrup remedy with honey and onion
Honey and onion all make this a powerful cough remedy that really works. We can also add licorice and other natural cough suppressant herbs to it. Onions are naturally antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and diuretic in nature. Raw honey is antiseptic and antibacterial and, when combined with onions, makes an excellent cough syrup.
- One large onion
- Raw honey- As much as is needed to cover the onion slices.
- Optional- Licorice, wild cherry bark. These herbs not only add flavor; they also make this homemade cough syrup remedy very effective.
Cut the onion in slices and place them in a double broiler. Heat the slices slowly-we want to avoid direct heat which could destroy the medicinal properties of the onion. Now add the raw honey and cover the onion slices over ½ inch. Cover and cook until the onions turn translucent. Make sure that the mixture does not simmer or bubble. It will take at least 3 hours for the onion slices to turn transparent. Strain the onions and store the syrup in a glass bottle.
You can take this homemade cough syrup every few hours or as desired.