Homemade Cough Syrup

Colds are an unfortunate side of fall, one which my family has already started to see. My friend, Tori, and I were talking about all of our little home remedies that our families use and she shared a variation of this one with me. Her’s included honey and ginger or an alternative of drinking a garlic tea. (Blech! No offense Tori, but that sounds gross.) I also found this recipe that seems very popular on the internet:

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water

 

I thought that looked good and plausible, but at the same time I thought it could be better. So in the mindset of my 4-year-old self who loved having to take the orange flavored Triaminic and as a modern-day Mary Poppins (“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”), I came up with this variation:

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

 

You should mix all ingredients together and take by the teaspoon. Children should take 1 teaspoon while adults should take 2 teaspoons. Children under a year of age should not use this syrup because of the honey.

I added the orange juice for better taste and just a little vitamin C and then the orange zest for even more flavor, as well as a cough treatment. Orange zest is used in Chinese medicine for cough treatment as well as to fight colds.  The honey helps soothe your throat while the red pepper helps alleviate pain. Ginger is a “warming” herb in Chinese medicine which helps fight off colds while apple cider vinegar is thought to help wash toxins from the body. The best part about this natural remedy is that you can take it far more often than other cold medicines.

You can store the syrup in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, but I bet you will be finished with it long before then.

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