Here are 2 easy recipes for homemade cough syrup prepared from ginger, honey, lemon and glycerin.
Ginger acts as a natural decongestant and also relieves a sore throat, thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
It has a component called oleoresin with antitussive abilities, meaning that it can help prevent and relieve coughing.
Honey is another time-honored remedy to help calm a cough by soothing the throat. Plus, it has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that help fight upper respiratory tract infections.
Due to its high vitamin C content, lemon juice is also beneficial for suppressing coughs and combating colds. It acts as a powerful antioxidant and boosts the immune system. Plus, lemons have antiviral and antibacterial properties to fight infections.
Glycerin helps soothe coughing and a sore throat due to its demulcent properties. It also works as a natural preservative.
Recipe #1: DIY Homemade Cough Syrup with Ginger, Honey and Lemon
Things you will need:
- Raw honey
- 2 lemons
- A knife
- A grater or zester
- A saucepan
- A mixing spoon
- Measuring cups and spoons
- A strainer and a bowl
- A jar for storing the cough syrup
1. Peel a piece of ginger root and cut it into slices.
2. Zest 2 fresh lemons using a grater or zester.
3. Pour 1 cup of water into a saucepan.
4. Add ¼ cup of the ginger slices.
5. Add 1½ to 2 tablespoons of lemon zest.
6. Bring the solution to a boil, then let it simmer for 5 minutes.
7. Strain the solution and set it aside.
8. Pour 1 cup of raw honey into a saucepan and heat it over low heat, but do not let it boil.
9. Mix in the previously strained ginger solution.
10. Add the juice extracted from both the lemons.
11. Keep stirring the mixture over low heat for a few minutes.
12. Turn off the heat and pour the solution into a jar.
Your homemade cough syrup is ready now.
- ½ to 1 teaspoon every 2 hours for children ages 1 to 5 years
- 1 to 2 teaspoons every 2 hours for children ages 5 to 12 years
- 1 to 2 tablespoons every 4 hours for adults and children older than 12 years