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Homemade Cough & Cold Syrup


I tried my hand at making Homemade Cough & Cold Syrup last week.


It was really easy to make (ignore the fact that I didn’t use raw honey or fresh lemons — I’m all about using what I have!)


The end result was a little less syrup-y than I expected, but I warmed it up a bit and then it looked just perfect.

Overall, I was really happy with how the Homemade Cough & Cold Syrup turned out and am anxious to try using it the next time someone has a bad cough around here!

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  • E.Blake says:

    I don’t want to offend. But most honey you buy at the grocery store is fake, it is actually high fructose corn syrup.
    Raw would be better

    • This was organic honey that I bought online… not raw or local, but definitely the real stuff. Thanks so much for the word of caution, though.

      {And yes, raw would definitely be better — I just didn’t have any on hand so I figured I’d just use what I already had since it was a high quality honey.:)}

      • Jenna says:

        Can they really put corn syrup in a bottle and label it with ingredients as being ‘honey’? I find it hard to believe. I’ve heard of Chinese honey being exported to other countries then imported to US as a product of the middleman country.
        Anyway, Thanks for the recipe Crystal! I’ve tried a few recipes recently as an alternative cough medicine since I’m nursing–this one looks like it’d actually taste OK. 😉

        • Jess says:

          My mom bought some of this stuff. It was labeled “honey syrup” the ingredients were corn syrup, water, honey and flavoring. 🙁

    • kbellatti says:

      Completely agree with E.Blake on this. Also, the ingredients on bottled lemon juice should be checked as well.

      It’s great to try to use ingredients you have on-hand, but the benefits of using fresh, raw, and local are completely lost and are usually what makes concoctions work.

  • Kristen says:

    What is the shelf life on this? Will it keep very long?

  • MJ Padilla says:

    So excited about this! I am recovering from yet another cold and it never fails that the hubby falls sick shortly after. I actually had everything on hand including raw and unfiltered honey. I just whipped up a batch for the two of us (I have a tendency to relapse). For cough syrup it sure does taste good! I can already feel the cinnamon in my chest 🙂

  • krystyn says:

    Hi! Do you have to use coconut oil? I have everything on hand except the coconut oil. Can you use olive oil instead?

  • Sara says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been making for about a year now. It’s great for when they have a cough, but no other symptoms. Once my kids are out and out downright sick, this just doesn’t cut it (in my experience, but others may have a different experience). But I do think that it has fought at the beginning stages and kept us from sickness a couple times. Each ingredient in this actually has a specific purpose for getting rid of certain bacteria, ect. Coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-viral and also helps to boost the immune system. Not sure if this cough syrup would be as effective if you substituted olive oil.

  • Amy says:

    Honey by itself will suppress a dry tickle cough. When my kids can’t sleep I take them a spoonful, they never say no and it helps about 90 percent of the time.

  • Gina says:

    my mom used to make something very similar – fresh lemon juice, raw honey & cinnamon for us kids. Bourbon was added for the adults! 😉

  • Emily says:

    This came at a perfect time. My kids and I have a fever and along with it a terrible cough. I have no cough syrup, nor do I want to go out and buy any. They’ve been exhausted from all the coughing done at night.
    Going to try and make some up now.

  • Julie says:

    Is there a trick to keeping it mixed? I end up with slippery coconut oil and the honey & cinnamon slither right off- it’s like trying to get a bit of shell out of egg whites…

    • Julie says:

      I had this problem, too- could not get the “mixture” to mix! And when it’s cold, I had a layer of solid coconut oil and a layer of honey/lemon/cinnamon. How does everyone fix this?

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