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DIY Homemade Cough Syrups

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Here are 2 easy recipes for homemade cough syrup prepared from ginger, honey, lemon and glycerin.

Recipe #1: DIY Homemade Cough Syrup with Ginger, Honey and Lemon
Recipe #2: DIY Homemade Cough Syrup with Glycerin, Honey and Lemon

Ginger acts as a natural decongestant and also relieves a sore throat, thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties.


DIY cough syrup with ginger

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.

DIY cough syrup with glycerin and honey


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

DIY cough syrup ginger ingredients

Things you will need:

  • Ginger
  • Raw honey
  • 2 lemons
  • Water
  • 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.

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2. Zest 2 fresh lemons using a grater or zester.

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3. Pour 1 cup of water into a saucepan.

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4. Add ¼ cup of the ginger slices.

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5. Add 1½ to 2 tablespoons of lemon zest.

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6. Bring the solution to a boil, then let it simmer for 5 minutes.

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7. Strain the solution and set it aside.

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8. Pour 1 cup of raw honey into a saucepan and heat it over low heat, but do not let it boil.

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9. Mix in the previously strained ginger solution.

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10. Add the juice extracted from both the lemons.

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11. Keep stirring the mixture over low heat for a few minutes.

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12. Turn off the heat and pour the solution into a jar.

DIY cough syrup ginger step 12

Your homemade cough syrup is ready now.

DIY cough syrup ginger


  • 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

DIY Homemade Cough Syrups was last modified: October 25th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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45 thoughts on “DIY Homemade Cough Syrups”

  1. OMG!!! I love your site!!! Quick question about the recipe for Homemade Cough Syrup……..how long does it keep in the jar?

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  3. My mum used to make us something for a cold that consisted on onions brown sugar and hot water I kdont know what it did but it was very yummy

  4. A quick real natural cough suppressant for anyone is pure 100% fresh pineapple juice. Look it up if you don’t believe me! Unless you little bitty ones have severe acid reflux disease, it is completely safe unlike honey. However after your children turn two, and they have any type of allergies to the outdoors make friends with your local bee keepers! Local honey with help boost the immune system by gently building up a tolerance to the local pollination. (This doesn’t help with allergies to latex, skin allergens or medications people be smart)

  5. I use my home made scabies medicine, which is 2 asprin.4 alkaselzer.and three table spoons of borax . place in blender, beat the hell out of them..makes powder, then mix in table spoon of vasaline..then rub on itchie spots.works great.

  6. it s so useful for me, actually i dont want to see the doctor n i m scare to take medicine.
    Thanks u so much for ur home remedies.
    I ll share to my colleagues also.

    God bless u & best wishes

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