Best Homemade Cough Syrup Recipes

Best Homemade Cough Syrup Recipes

Suffering from sore throat and cough may be a common occurrence, but that doesn’t mean that those are welcome symptoms. It makes talking, eating, and drinking uncomfortable that you wish for it to be gone as fast as it appeared. While there are many sore throat and cough syrups being commercially sold in the market, I still prefer the herbal and homemade ones.

My affinity with herbs and spices brought me to try various remedies that I can make use of at the comfort of my own home. I love such remedies because they are natural and free from any harmful side effects that laboratory-made drugs contain. So for this article, I want to share with you the best sore throat and cough syrup recipes that I have tried.

Sore Throat

Best Cough and Sore Throat Homemade Syrup Recipes - Ginger


Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is one of the best natural herbs that is always present in my pantry, and it’s all for good reasons.

It is a staple for most of my meal preparations, but it is also a very handy herb for many ailments such as the sore throat.

Here’s a simple guide on how to make a ginger syrup laced with honey and lemon for sore throat.


  • 1 to 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • ½ cup honey


  1. Fill a half-pint jar with half the lemon slices.  Add 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger, and ¼ cup of honey.
  2. Stir everything so that the honey can cover all of the lemon slices.
  3. Repeat the procedure with the rest of your ingredients. The lemon should take ¾ of the jar space. If there is still more space in the jar, you can add more honey to soak everything.
  4. Leave the mixture for 3-4 hours. Store in a refrigerator. This homemade sore throat syrup can last for 2-3 months.

How to use:

Stir the syrup before using it so that the honey will mix well with citrus and ginger. Take 1 or 2 tbsp of this syrup daily to ease your sore throat.


There are many different types of cough from dry to wet, from croup to paroxysmal, amongst others. But most often, they share the same remedies to relieve the symptom. However, it is still advisable to seek your doctor’s advice, especially when there is an underlying condition that might need urgent medical care.

But to help alleviate your discomfort, you can follow these homemade cough syrup remedies.

Best Cough and Sore Throat Homemade Syrup Recipes - Onion Honey

Onion Cough Syrup

You need:

  • Glass container with lid
  • An Onion that fits into the container
  • Honey


  1. Peel your onion. Slice it into rounds (which will fit into your jar.)
  2. Layer onion and honey in the jar.
  3. When the jar is full, cover it and set it at room temperature for 6-8 hours until a syrup forms.
  4. Ready to use! Simply eat a spoonful of this syrup as needed to soothe your cough. Store in the refrigerator.

Note: You can strain out the onions once the syrup is done, but it is not necessary.

Apple Cider Vinegar With Cayenne

Apple cider vinegar is a very helpful staple in your kitchen. It provides a lot of health benefits, especially when treating cough. A simple combination of ACV and honey can help relieve sore throats too.

The recipe mix I’m sharing below makes use of other ingredients like cayenne (Capsicum annuum) and ginger. It will surely chase your cough away. Note, however, that cayenne and ginger may be too hot of a combination so children and some adults who do not like spicy stuff may not be able to tolerate this cough syrup.

Ingredients:Best Cough and Sore Throat Homemade Syrup Recipes - ACV and Cayenne ingredients

  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger

Steps:Best Cough and Sore Throat Homemade Syrup Recipes - ACV and Cayenne

  1. Mix all ingredients in a jar and shake well.
  2. Store in a dark cool place.

How to use:

You can warm the syrup before using it if desired. Shake well and take 1 to 2 tbsp as required to alleviate your cough.

Honey and Thyme

Honey is a natural remedy for a lot of ailments. When combined with other herbs and spices, it becomes a powerful agent that treats various symptoms. A cough syrup that combines honey with thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is an effective and simple treatment that you should give a try too.

Best Cough and Sore Throat Homemade Syrup Recipes - Honey and Thyme


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 3 tbsp dried thymeBest Cough and Sore Throat Homemade Syrup Recipes - Honey and Thyme 2


  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat.
  2. Add thyme. Cover and leave for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain. Whisk in honey until it is dissolved.
  4. Transfer in a glass jar and store in a refrigerator. This can last for 2 months.

How to use:

Drink 1 to 2 tsp as needed whenever your cough is irritating you.

Whooping Cough

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a contagious infection of the respiratory tract. While it can go away on its own since the bacteria that cause the infection dies naturally in 3 weeks or so, it is still recommended to treat symptoms to ease the discomfort. Thus, here comes the homemade whooping cough syrup remedy that I want to share to you.

Ingredients:Best Cough and Sore Throat Homemade Syrup Recipes - Whiskey

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  •  1 tbsp whiskey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. In a small container, mix everything together.
  2.  Store in a dark cool place.

You can make a large batch of this homemade syrup. Simply mix equal parts of the ingredients on an air-tight container. But I highly recommend that you mix a fresh one every time you drink it because nothing beats a freshly-made syrup.

How to use:

Take 1 tsp three times a day of the mixture.

Cough and sore throat can be managed well with homemade remedies. But please note that these remedies are not intended to substitute any medications given by your physician. You should always consult your doctor if your symptoms of cough and sore throat are chronic and keep on coming back. Also, seek medical attention immediately if chest pains or difficulty breathing occurs alongside your coughing and sore throat symptoms.

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  • Sheri C Posted January 26, 2021 3:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing, I really enjoy your posts, knowledge n recipes.

  • Arthur Schwartz Posted January 26, 2021 3:52 pm

    Good morning.
    First of all I love, and really appreciate you sharing this information.
    In your Whopping Cough recipe you have a photo of 4 ingredients: Whiskey, Honey, Olive Oil, & ½ Lemon. But in the Ingredients & Steps you don’t mention the Lemon.
    Q: Is it included in your recipe or was it just being used as a “Pretty Face” for the Shoot?

    Thank you again for sharing.
    Best regards,

    • The Lost Herbs Posted January 27, 2021 6:51 am

      Hi Arthur,

      Thank you so much for letting us know.
      The lemon is indeed part of the recipe. It can be optional, depending on your taste preferences. I will make the appropriate changes now.

      God bless!

      • MaryAnn Bruce Posted January 27, 2021 12:41 pm

        Also,…noticed your pic and list of ingred indicate 4 ingredients. Where Instructions says, “equal parts of the 3 ingredients,”….

  • Jennifer Posted January 26, 2021 4:38 pm

    My husband has had a chronic cough for the past 5 years. We have seen doctors and specialist but to no avail. Do you recommend a cough syrup remedy for a “coughing up a hair ball” cough?

    • Linda Stewart Posted January 26, 2021 5:49 pm

      There is a medication know to cause coughing…lisinopril… I think for blood pressure or cholesterol. caused a continuous hacking, unproductive cough in my aunt, and later in me. Just fyi.

      • Jennifer Posted January 29, 2021 2:16 pm

        Thank you for responding. He doesn’t take this medication. We have reviewed his medications with the docs and specialist. I appreciate your thoughts.

    • Lisa Posted January 26, 2021 8:13 pm

      Have you tried equal parts of honey, and apple cider vingar, taken in a shot glass serving. I have chronic bronchitis, so I get a lingering cough twice a year. A co worker gave me this recipe, and it works! I warm it up alittle, to make it go down easier. But you can dissolve it in a cup of water, too!

      • Jennifer Posted January 29, 2021 2:17 pm

        I will try that. Thank you!

    • Paris Posted January 26, 2021 11:39 pm

      Jennifer- See Paris’ comment of January 26, 2021

      • Jennifer Posted January 29, 2021 4:02 pm

        Thank you!

  • Izzy Posted January 26, 2021 6:58 pm

    Dear Ms Apelain
    What remedies do you have for fibroids and the likes? I bought your book thinking I would see topics like that but there’s none. I’m not keen on surgery at all which for now is my only option . I would prefer private correspondence if possible. Thank you

    • The Lost Herbs Posted January 27, 2021 10:18 am

      Hi Izzy,

      Herbal remedies may help to treat fibroids or reduce related symptoms. Further research is needed though to find out if these remedies work and what the most effective dosage is. Green Tea, Chasteberry, Curcumin, Garlic, Ginger, Honey, Castor Oil may have the power to destroy fibrotic cells or stop them from reproducing.
      In the book, you can also find a short section for Ash Leaf Extract used as a tonic after childbirth. It is used homeopathically for PCOS and uterine fibroids.

      God bless!

  • Paris Posted January 26, 2021 11:37 pm

    I had a chronic cough for well over 5 years. My doctor said that people in the South (USA) are mouth breathers and that can attribute to coughing. Also, I read that dairy produces mucus, which can cause coughing.

    So, I decided to mostly eliminate dairy, and train myself to be a nose breather. I trained myself by really being conscious of breathing through my nose, day or night. Also, if there was anything prohibiting me from breathing through my nose (congestion, allergies, etc.), I provided myself with a solution (decongestants, BreatheRight strips).

    Now, for more than 5 years I am chronic cough free. Good luck retraining yourself!

    • The Lost Herbs Posted January 27, 2021 10:05 am

      Hi Paris,

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.
      I’m glad to hear that you are now chronic cough free!.

      God bless!

    • Teresa Hernandez Posted January 27, 2021 12:53 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing! Can’t wait to try this.

    • Jennifer Posted January 29, 2021 2:22 pm

      Thank you for your input. I will see about doing this to see if it helps him.

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