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Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe

This homemade herbal cough syrup is a natural way to calm a nagging cough and soothe a sore throat.

This homemade herbal cough syrup is a natural way to calm a nagging cough and soothe a sore throat.

After making it all the way through the winter season without a sniffle or sneeze, the common cold hit my husband Erich like a ton of bricks over Memorial Day weekend. I had been saving this recipe to try, so I mixed up a batch and had Erich test it out. Both Erich and I were utterly amazing at how well this Homemade Cough Syrup worked and have been using it as a staple cough syrup for our entire family since.

Why not store-bought?

You may check your food’s ingredients, but have you ever taken a gander at what’s in most over-the-counter cold and cough medications?  They may be intended to help heal, but just like so many FDA-approved foods, many pharmaceutical drugs are actually laden with sketchy ingredients. Take a look and you’ll find everything from binders, fillers and preservatives to highly processed sugar and artificial dyes.

Rather than reaching for a bottle of who knows what, use this homemade remedy with natural ingredients that are all clinically proven respiratory soothers!

The immunity superheroes and their healing properties

  • Ginger: Fresh ginger helps fight against congestion and sinus symptoms (like clearing a cough and sniffles).
  • Marshmallow root: Another superstar for treating coughs and colds, marshmallow root has an extremely high mucilaginous content, which loosens mucous and inhibits bacteria, making it an ideal ingredient in this cough syrup. If you can’t find marshmallow root, you can skip it, although it’ll slightly reduce the effectiveness of the syrup.
  • Honey: Honey can kill bacteria and fight off viral infections due to its natural antibacterial properties.
  • Lemon: We’ve found lemon juice to be especially soothing for illnesses involving respiratory issues or a sore throat. Its natural antibacterial properties help fight bacteria and provide a necessary dose of vitamin C.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon has been a traditional remedy for healing cold, flu and sore throat symptoms. It’s loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory effects that help soothe a sore throat.
  • Cayenne pepper: It may sound spicy and strange to add cayenne pepper to your cough syrup, but the capsaicin (a chemical compound in it) helps thin out mucus and clear your sinuses. It’s also been shown to bring your body’s temperature down.

Is this cough syrup freezer-friendly?

Yes! If you’ve perused the FfL website, then you know how much we’re a fan of batch cooking and freezer-friendly recipes. This DIY cough syrup is no different. You can freeze it in small mason jars OR in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, transfer the cubes from the tray into a freezer bag for future use.

Other cold and flu recipes to use alongside your cough syrup

Cold and flu season? No problem! We want you to be prepared with the arsenal of all-natural remedies that you and your family may need. To help, we’ve done a few posts on natural cold remedies:

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Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe

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This homemade herbal cough syrup is a natural way to calm a nagging cough and soothe a sore throat.




  1. In a medium-size pot, bring water to a simmer. Add fresh ginger and marshmallow root. Simmer until the water is reduced by half.
  2. While your herbs are simmering, add honey, lemon juice, cinnamon and cayenne pepper into a medium-size mason jar.
  3. Place a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth over the mason jar. Over the sink, pour the infused water (about 1 cup) through the strainer into the jar. Whisk to combine ingredients.
  4. Allow the liquid to cool completely, tightly seal with the lid, and store in the fridge for up to 3 months.
  5. We give 1 teaspoon to children and 1 tablespoon to adults, as needed (not to exceed 4 times per day). Always use a clean spoon so you don’t accidentally contaminate the syrup.


If you have children under the age of 2, check with your doctor before using raw honey. If you’re concerned about honey with small children, you can replace it 1:1 with maple syrup.

Always check for FfL-friendly ingredients.

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not doctors and do not offer personal medical advice. See your health-care provider and seek medical advice for any major or serious illnesses or symptoms that last longer than a few days. Consult your medical practitioner before changing any part of your lifestyle. And, as always, check with your physician as to what dosages are best for you and your children prior to use.

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