Saturday, September 26, 2009


Here are a few different recipes for cough syrup. Some are very easy, some a little more labor intensive. I enjoy the process of making my own syrups, and it costs less than ones you can purchase at the store. Also knowing exactly what is in it makes me feel better about giving it to my family! Remember though, children under the age of a year are susceptible to to the bacteria Botulism, which can be found in some honey. Never give honey to a child under a year old, use Blue Agave Syrup or maple syrup instead of honey in the following recipes. Have fun!

Cough Syrup with Slippery Elm Bark

Place the following in a glass jar or bowl:

1 tablespoon each of  
  • Boneset 
  • Irish moss
  • White yarrow
  • Slippery elm bark
  • Horehound
  • Lemon balm   
Add to 4 cups of boiling water.  Steep for 30 minutes. Strain well.
    Add 2-3 drops of  

    • Peppermint essential oil  
    • Thyme essential oil  
    • Mix in 1 1/2 cups of honey. 
    Drink several cups of this liquid a day for coughs.

    Thyme Cough Syrup
    • Pour 2 cups boiling water, or warm water if using oils, into a glass jar
    • Measure 2 Tbsp of Thyme, or use 2 drops Thyme essential oil
    • Cool to room temperature
    • Strain if using dried herb
    • Add 1 cup of honey
    • Shake to mix well
    • Cover
    Keep refrigerated. Take 1 tablespoon several
    times a day for sore throats, colds, and

    Elecampane Cough Syrup
    • Boil a quart of water in a saucepan. 
    • When it comes to a boil add 2 tablespoons of dried Elecampane root. 
    • Turn down to a simmer and do so for 20 minutes.
    • Add honey to taste. Honey heals and soothes as well.
    • Add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil as well if you have it.
    • Strain and drink your natural cough remedy.

     Honey-Lemon Cough Syrup
    • 2 drops Lemon oil
    • 3 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
    • 1 tsp honey (or use blue agave syrup if desired)
    • 4 oz. warm distilled water
    Mix together in a cup, sip slowly and and repeat as often as necessary.

    Garlic Honey Cough Syrup

    • 1/2 c. honey
    • 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
    • 1 tsp. horseradish (fresh prepared)
    Mix well. Take 1 or 2 teaspoons as needed. If mixture is too hot, add more honey to taste. It has worked well for sinus problems and chronic bronchitis.

    Oregano Cough Syrup
    Place in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Keep refrigerated, use 2-3 times daily.

     Cherry Cough Syrup
    • Place 2 cups of cherries in a pan  
    • Add just enough water to cover. 
    • Add several lemon slices 
    • Add 2 cups of honey. 
    • Simmer the mixture until cherries are soft
    • Remove from heat
    • Remove the lemon slices and the cherry pits from the mixture.
    • Refrigerate, place in a glass jar
    • Take 2 Tbsp. as needed for coughing

    *If making your own syrup seems like too much work, you can always add 1 drop Lemon essential oil to 1 Tbsp. of honey, and take 3 times daily. 


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