Homemade Cough Syrup – Citrus Honey Spice

(Last Updated On: December 6, 2018)

Cold and flu season

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Well, it’s that time of year…ugh, cold and flu season. It’s a good idea to have your natural remedies on hand and ready to go when needed. I always make my homemade Vicks vapor rub ahead of time. In addition, I make this all-natural homemade cough syrup as soon as I, or someone in my family, feels a cold (or flu) coming on.

This homemade cough syrup works really well. I was really blown away at how effective it is. It halts a cough in its tracks and helps you to bring up what is causing you to cough, which is exactly what a cough syrup is meant to do. However, this homemade cough syrup is void of toxic and/or harmful ingredients.

What makes this homemade cough syrup so effective?

Spices – Ginger, cinnamon and cloves are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. As a result, they help to open your airway and fight off the infection and viruses that can cause cold and flu. In addition, these spices will give your immune system a boost. Read more about the amazing benefits of ginger.

Raw honey* – Raw honey, even by itself, is a wonderful ingredient in homemade cough syrup. Honey is an expectorant. This means that it helps to loosen mucus so you can cough it up. Honey is also a demulcent, which means that it soothes irritation of the throat by providing a protective film. This is what makes it an effective cough suppressant. Thus, honey helps you to clear your throat and then cease coughing. Furthermore, honey is also anti-bacterial which means it fights infections that can accompany cold and flu.

Lemons and limes – These citrus fruits help to fight cold and flu because they are loaded with vitamin C. In addition, they contain anti-oxidants which help to boost your immune system.

Homemade Cough Syrup – Citrus Honey Spice
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  • ½ c distilled water
  • ¼ tsp organic ginger
  • 1/8 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp organic clove
  • 3/4 c raw honey
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  1. Combine water and spices in a pot. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  2. Expel juice from lemons and limes in a separate bowl. Add to water and spices.
  3. Pour in honey.
  4. Heat mixture on medium heat until it thickens (this part takes a while so you’ll have to patient, but it’s worth it, I promise).

I hope you found this helpful. Please share if you know someone who might love this recipe. Thanks! 🙂

Have you tried making homemade cough syrup? Do you use a natural, non-toxic store-bought brand that you like? Share your comments below.

Be happy, stay healthy! 🙂









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