Cough and sore throat are two problems which every family goes through as soon as the weather starts to change its gear. All the cough syrups available over-the-counter are full of chemicals and makes one drowsy and groggy. Try these homemade natural cough syrups next time you get a cold attack. What more, you can even gift a jar as a get-well-soon gift to someone suffering from cough.
Honey And Apple Cider Syrup
You will need ¾-cup honey, ¾-cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of grounded ginger and cayenne pepper each. Mix all the ingredients nicely and put it in a jar. The mixture can be used for 4 weeks under refrigeration. Take the syrup at room temperature or warm it a little in microwave as per your preference. The best part about this recipe is that it is completely safe. So if you feel like adding a little extra of any ingredient you can.
Lemon Ginger Syrup
Take two lemons and cut them into circular slices. Divide the slices into halves or quarters. Take a ½-pint jar; place half of the slices inside. Add ½ teaspoon of grounder ginger (or 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger) and ½ cup honey and stir to mix them gently. Repeat the entire process again with the remaining slices and add more honey if required to fill the jar. Cover and place it in the fridge for 4 hours. Then stir again to mix the honey and the secreted citrus juice. The mixture can be used up to 2 months under refrigeration. Keep adding more honey as syrup gets used.
Lemon And Coconut Oil Cough Syrup
Take 3 tablespoon of lemon, ¼-cup local honey and 2-tablespoon coconut oil. Mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan and place it on a burner until the coconut oil melts and you are done. Warm the syrup a little before consuming. You can also mix the syrup with warm water or tea for consumption. As the syrup cools, the coconut oil will harden. Gently reheat the syrup before taking. You can use the syrup for one month when stored in a fridge.
Cinnamon And Honey Syrup
Take 3 tablespoon of raw, untreated honey. Mix it with 2 tablespoon of melted, unrefined coconut oil, 1-teaspoon cinnamon and juice of one lemon. Mix all the ingredients nicely. Do not heat the honey. If need be, then do so at the lowest temperature possible. Take 1 or 2 teaspoon of this syrup 3 to 5 times a day to sooth sore throat.
Honey And Onion Syrup
Take one yellow/red onion, about 1 cup of honey (you can even use white or brown sugar instead). Cut even slices of onion and keep aside. In a jar, place a layer of onion at the base. Pour your choice of sweetener (honey/brown sugar/white sugar). Follow it up with another layer of onion and sweetener until the jar is completely full. Close the lid of the jar snugly and let it rest overnight (or about 8-12 hours). After the sitting time, there will only be liquid in the jar. Use this syrup to control your cough. You can even use a mixture of honey and brown sugar if you want. You can even replace onion by garlic. Use about 10-12 roughly chopped garlic cloves instead of onions.
All these cough syrups are easy to make at home and are a great alternative to the cough syrups available over-the-counter. Just a word of caution, do not give these syrups to children under 1 year as they are not allowed to consume honey.