Sunday, November 18, 2012

Homemade cough syrup

Simple, effective, cheap and natural.
T'is the season for coughs and colds and runny noses....and it has arrived at the Henderson home as well. A nasty cough has been present in 3 out of 4 family members....and since regular store-bought cough syrup isn't available for kids....I did a bit of research online and found a home-made recipe with ingredients I already had in my kitchen....and tried it out. I started giving 1 teaspoon to the girls every 4 hours and found that at the end of the 4 hours...their cough was noticeable again. I was amazed! This did not heal their cough; rather, it acted like a cough suppressant to allow for some precious sleep (for all of us!). Don't freak out about the girls dislike onions immensely and have onion radar for even the smallest piece, but the honey in this recipe overwhelms the taste of onions, so both of them drank it without too much drama. :) I stored the finished product in an empty kids Tylenol bottle after clearly labelling it to be cough syrup.

Hope this helps the 'sickies' in your home this winter....

Click here to view the recipe (from

Any other natural home remedies that are tried, tested and true? Share please!


  1. I use an homemade elderberry cough syrup, great immune builder and also sooths a lot. I am actually going to plant my own tree next year for that purpose. I also find that if the girls are stuffy and congested, cutting up an onion and placing it close to their heads while they sleep helps a great deal.

  2. Hmm...I'll have to try that one. Smart to plant your own are Lola are always a wealth of 'natural' living advice! I love reading your blog.