Natural Homemade Cough Syrup For Colds And Flu

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This is how to make a Homemade Cough Syrup For Colds And Flu.

Homemade Cough Syrup

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You only need a handful of common ingredients and a little patience to make this! You’ll be amazed at how well it works to completely clear nasal congestion. Naturally, it will help to clear the throat and sooth a harsh cough. It’s a great alternative considering over the counter cough medicines rarely work!

The small yet powerful ingredients in this homemade cough syrup are your usual everyday ingredients: We’ve added ginger, coconut oil, lemon, and manuka honey. It’s simple – yet effective and they work together to create a potent homemade remedy for cold and flu symptoms. It boosts the immune system, soothes the throat, cools inflamed mouths, unblocks sinuses and actually fights off bacterial and viral infection. What more do you need? It’s one for the medical to do list for any winter/hayfever/flu season. Also on the cards might be our herbal hangover cures!

What ingredients are in our homemade cough syrup?

Coconut oil: 

Coconut oil is naturally rich in antioxidants, which helps the immune system. More importantly, coconut oil is antibacterial and antiviral, due to its high lauric acid content; making it ideal in any homemade cough syrup. It can also be used in a similar fashion to help prevent a sore throat.  Coconut oil is also comforting on the throat, helping to soothe an inflamed mouth and throat.

Manuka Honey:

Manuka Honey has powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and even anti-microbial properties! In clinical studies, manuka honey has shown to be very effective as a cough treatment in comparison to standard over the counter medication. Furthermore, manuka honey is known to help alleviate allergies by increasing our resistance to pollen related irritations.

Lemon Juice:

Lemon juice has its place in many home remedies, and for good reason! It’s a go to ingredient in many old wives tale style recipes. Lemon juice has many natural congestant relief properties. Whatever the science behind it, lemon helps to relieve block sinus infections, making it the perfect complimentary addition to this homemade cough syrup. Lemon has so many uses, we use the essential oil in our homemade air freshener too.


Ginger is great for sore throats, stimulating the production of healthy mucus and fights irritation of an inflamed throat. It compliments the ingredients well too, making this homemade cough syrup tender on the taste buds. Further reading: The amazing uses and health benefits of Ginger.

Our Natural Homemade Cough Syrup:

3 Tablespoons coconut oil (I use this brand)
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
¼ teaspoon Ground Ginger (we use Simply Organics Ground Ginger)
1/4 cup Manuka Honey (available here)

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When we made this recipe, we just chucked everything into a glass jar in one full sweep, but the honey prevented all the ingredients from mixing in the first instance. The second time was ok, but to be sure, first dissolve the ground ginger in water, and to gently heat the mix on the stove. When the honey and coconut oil harden again, you’ll be ready to use it.

Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough. And you’re good to go!

Note: Shake well before using and experiment!

For children, please use your own judgement, the Tablespoon is a serving for adults, we’d recommend using a slightly smaller dose for kids but it’s probably not suitable for very young infants.

We hope you enjoy making this homemade cough syrup, good luck making and hopefully you can kick that cold!

Need something to put this recipe in?


We use these retro looking glass jars that seal for freshness! In fact, they’re pretty good for anything and cheap too, but we use them just because it doesn’t clutter our cupboards and it makes recipes look far better! I don’t think we’d make it if it had to go in a bowl with kitchen foil and the like! What else could we put our homemade cough syrup in!

I want a cool glass jar too!


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