Coughs can be terrible. Just when you thought you can enjoy the serene bout of peacefulness in your life, a coughing cycle kick starts and disturbs you. Worse, a dry cough can lead to irritation and the constant itchiness in the throat can leave you restless. It can also lead to a sore throat that needless to say makes you uncomfortable. We know that you would have had tons of experience with medical cough syrups. But would you like to give some homemade cough syrups using the ingredients available in your kitchen a try? It is also fun by the way! Interested? Let us look at some homemade syrups that can be beneficial for your throat and cough attacks.
Every recipe of here uses honey and that is because they have calming effects on your throat. They are used since medieval times and it has antimicrobial properties and can be beneficial in curbing a dry throat and cough. Ginger too can greatly help in relieving a sore throat due to the presence of anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Let us look at some simple recipes first. However, do note that these homemade cough syrups are not advisable for infants below two years of age as honey is involved.
5 DIY Homemade Cough Syrups You Should Try:
1. Honey and Lemon Cough Syrup:
Lemon has great anti-viral and antibacterial properties and is known to boost your immune system. They are also beneficial for sinuses. Take 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and add it to a quarter cup of raw honey. Add in a tablespoon of edible coconut oil and mix well. Transfer the contents to a saucepan and heat them in a mild flame stirring them. After some time allow it to cool and take them as needed. You can even add this syrup to your tea. With proper refrigeration, the syrup can last for many weeks.
2. Honey and Ginger Cough Syrup:
Pour a cup of water to a saucepan and bring it to boil. To it add a finely chopped piece of ginger, 3 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice and stir well. Strain the mixture and keep it aside. Now in a separate bowl take a cup of honey and boil mildly. Do not let it boil, just warm the honey. Once the honey is warmed mix the earlier ginger solution to it and mix well. Transfer the contents to a small bottle and refrigerate. You can take 2 teaspoons of this syrup twice a day or thrice a day.
3. Honey and Glycerin Cough Syrup:
Glycerin can work as a natural preservative and can be beneficial in soothing your throat. To make the syrup, take a quarter cup of food grade glycerin in a bowl. Add in a quarter cup of raw honey and a 3 to 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Stir well and transfer it to a jar. Refrigerate and use them twice a day by taking a spoonful of this syrup.
4. Honey and Garlic Cough Syrup:
In medieval times people used to chew on raw garlic for getting rid of cold and sore throat. This remedy is still practiced in some cultures. Such is the effect of garlic on a sore throat and it can be beneficial for your cough attacks. To make the syrup, take some garlic –peel of the skin and grind it a pulp. Take a cup of water and boil it.
Add in the garlic extracts, 3 teas spoons of lemon juice and stir well. Strain the liquid and to the liquid add in a quarter cup of honey and bring it to a mild boil. Do not boil it completely. After stirring it for some time, let it cool and transfer the contents to a jar and refrigerate. You can use this syrup twice a day with a spoonful. The garlic taste may be strong and you can add more honey if needed.
5. Honey and Pepper Cough Syrup:
Pepper and especially cayenne pepper has been known to have a soothing effect for a cough and throat infections. Pepper is also beneficial for people with a runny nose and cold symptoms. Boil in some cayenne pepper to a cup of water and add in three teaspoons of fresh lemon juice. Bring it to simmer and add in a quarter cup of raw honey and mix well.
For best results add in 2 teaspoons of onion juice to the mixture and mix well. Once it cools transfer it to a jar and refrigerate. Take this a teaspoon, twice or thrice a day. If you are mixing onion make sure to use it only for a few days as the onion may get stale if not refrigerated properly.