Monday, January 9, 2012

How To Make Homemade Cough Syrup


Making homemade cough syrup is easy, very effective and does not have those questionable ingredients you can't pronounce like the syrups at the store.  The onions alone will do a great job to break up phlegm and discharge it.  If you add the wild cherry bark and licorice root, you will have an even more effective remedy for coughs!



Ingredients:
2 large onions
Raw honey

{The herbs below are completely optional.  Their properties make the syrup even more effective, but it it works great without them.  If you have licorice and wild cherry bark on hand like I do, throw it in! :)}
2 TBS. Licorice root
2 TBS. Wild Cherry Bark

Directions:
Cut 2 large onions and place in double boiler (if you have one).
Cover with raw honey at least 1/2 inch above the onions.
Add 2 TBS. licorice root and 2 TBS. wild cherry bark {optional}.

Simmer on very low heat until the onions become translucent.  If you don't have a double boiler, you can simmer it very gently in a pan for about 20 minutes.  A double boiler is better because the pan being directly on the heat willl take more of the beneficial properties from the raw honey. Strain the onions and herbs out and store in a jar in the refrigerator up to 3 months. 

Dosage:
Adults can take 1 Tbs. and children 1 tsp. of the syrup up to every 15 mins as needed.  Allow the syrup to slowly trickle down the throat as you take it.  If you don't have the licorice or wild cherry bark, you can use this same recipe with just the onions and raw honey for a very effective syrup! You can also make a cough syrup out of just the wild cherry bark and licorice, but that is a different recipe.

If you're concerned about the taste using onions, even my pickiest daughter can take this syrup just fine.  Some secrets to help your children willingly take it: make sure you add enough honey, and don't tell your children that it's made from onions - sometimes the thought of something affects the taste! :)

Once again, the things I love about this syrup is:

*No questionable ingredients
*Very effective
*You can take this remedy for coughs up to every 15 minutes if the cough is really bad, whereas store-bought medicine can typically only be taken every few hours.
*Very affordable to make

I would love to hear how this remedy works for you!


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31 comments:

  1. This is awesome, Jill! I'm definitely going to have to try this next time we need it in our family.

    Your video is great and very professional. I would love for you to come link up your post to my "Make-It Yourself Mondays" :)

    http://thepurposedheart.com/

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  2. I hope we won't need it, but if we do , I'll keep it in mind. I love all the home remedies you share.

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  3. This is great! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I will for sure link up, Mindy - thanks for sharing! :)
    Thank you, Judee & Missy. :)

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  5. I will definitely be making this recipe.
    Thanks! http://easyglutenfreerecipes.wordpress.com

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  6. This is awesome! We are the lucky carriers of the latest cold and cough circulating our little mountain! I will see if my hubby will stop after work to grab a few things, and I'll give this a try! Thank you!

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  7. Blogs like yours are the reason I am SO GLAD I started blogging! What an awesome collection of talent!

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  8. Why thank you, Jenny! How sweet of you! :)

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  9. I hope you all are better soon, Kasey! :)

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  10. Thank you for posting this! I get side effects with some of the commercial cough syrups, so I've been looking for a good natural alternative.

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  11. Great recipe! I know I've invited you before, but would love for you to share this at Healthy 2day Wednesdays!

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  12. Great recipe! Going to have to pin this so I can make it sometime!! You're like my personal herbalist!! =D

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  13. Hi Jill, this would be a great post to share on Wildcrafting Wednesday! :) I hope you'll stop by today.

    Thanks!
    ~ Kathy

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  14. LOL, Angela! I have a lot more to learn!!!

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  15. Thank you for the excellent recipe! We usually just use honey but I'm guessing this would work more effectively? Found your link at Raising Mighty Arrows, thanks for sharing!

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  16. I've heard ginger is also a great cure for the cough/cold. Plus, ginger is supposed to cure nausea so it couldn't hurt to add some :)

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  17. Thanks for sharing this recipe! My husband is a beekeeper...so I have one of the main ingredients on hand! Blessings to you!

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  18. Oh, wow! How clever! Thanks for linking up, Jill!

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  19. Ok, I'm a little late on the commenting, but I just found this post and had a question. My dad and I are allergic to onions, and I was wondering if there was an alternative that we could use, that would work the same. Thanks!

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    1. Lindsey, you can make a cough syrup with just wild cherry bark and licorice root. The onions add amazing properties for coughs, but you certainly don't want to use them if you're allergic. :) Boil 1 pint of water 1 tbsp. wild cherry bark and 1 tbsp. licorice root for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Strain the herbs out and add 1/2 cup raw honey. Take up to 1/4 cup of the syrup 3 times a day. Keep refrigerated. Hope this helps! Thanks for the question! :)

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  20. Jil thank you so much,
    you can see your remedie here on my blog:
    http://cupcaketherightshape.blogspot.gr/p/homemade-creams-butters-lotions-scrubs.html

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  21. My littlest guy who is 4 was up coughing all night, so I'm making this right now! I only have one onion an raw honey so I'm just going to work with what I have! Thanks so much! :)

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  22. I'm not sure my kiddos will take this well. They are not fans of onion or licorice. sigh. I may try it anyway.

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    1. The secret is to not tell them it contains onion :). All my children and my sister's girl love this syrup, but they wouldn't if they knew it had onion. :) You can leave the licorice out - it makes it even more effective, but works great without. :)

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  23. I am going to make this tonight. My youngest is only 13 months and is taking breathing treatments right now because of all the congestion in his little chest. Is the honey safe for him?

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    1. My doctor says honey is safe over a year! Best wishes, Keisha!

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  24. Thank you Jill!! I made the Echinacea tincture this weekend. We had to go in to the clinic yesterday because his congestion had gotten really really bad. I asked the PA what her opinion was about the giving him the tincture and she said she really liked the idea. I really really enjoy your blog and you have truly blessed my family with a more natural way to care for our bodies! Thank you so much! Many blessings to you and yours!

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