13 Effective DIY Homemade Cough Syrups

Submitted By Jenny Smith  

There is not particular season for when the cough-bug attacks you. It can be an allergic reaction or just one too many iced coffees that may cause you to erupt in coughing fits now and then. Then follows the excruciating period of taking stale and smelly cough medicines that don’t expire till the end time. We might as well switch to wine. But there’s always a choice. You can either spend a week’s salary on wine- I mean, the store bought medicine or you can use any one of these 12 DIY homemade cough syrups to soothe the cough away:

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13. The Mighty Four

mighty four ingredientsUsing these mighty four ingredients to cure a sore throat and cough, you can create the ultimate cough syrup. All you need is:

  • Lemon juice – one whole lemon. ( squeezed )
  • Butter – about 3 tablespoons.
  • Honey – around 2 ½ tablespoons.
  • Ginger – ¼ of a teaspoon.

All you have to do after that is to mix all these ingredients together and heat them up. It’s up to you whether you take it light hot or after it cools off. It is sure to work as it has the mighty four ingredients that can cure your sore throat and also tone down that annoying cough that keeps you from opening your mouth much.

Basically speaking, honey, lemon, ginger and butter are widely used domestically to cure sore throats and to tone down coughs. All these ingredients are natural and vey commonly available.

12. Coco- Honey

Coco- HoneyCombining the any one of the mighty four with particular other ingredients also result in syrups that soothe the throat of cough. This recipe, as you can decipher by the name involves coconut and honey. Don’t worry, you won’t need to go raiding palm trees for fresh coconuts, you just need:

  • Lemon juice – fresh.
  • Coconut oil – 2 tablespoons.
  • Honey – 1 ½ teaspoon.

To make the syrup, combine all the components and heat them until the coconut oil properly melts and mixes.


  • This syrup can be used with warm tea etc. whatever you like.
  • This syrup can be stored/refrigerated for around a month.

11. Thyme And Honey

Thyme and HoneyThyme has been used very frequently to relax the muscles of trachea and bronchi. Combined with water and some honey it is the perfect solution to the problem at hand. To make a syrup you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of dried thyme.
  • Honey.
  • ¾ of a glass of water.

To make the syrup, crumble up the dried thyme and then put it in a mug. Add ¾ of a glass of boiling water over it, cover and let it be for about 15 minutes. When you want to drink, add some honey for taste and increased effect.


  • It is better to drink this 2-3 times a day.

10. Garlic And Honey

garlic and honeyKeeping up its name with the mighty four, honey yet again, can be paired with Garlic and horseradish to prepare a syrup fit to cure a cough in a few day’s time. Now this may sound completely disgusting to some people but it really works. Take a risk, will you? You’re going to need:

  • Horseradish – 1 teaspoon .( fresh)
  • Chopped Garlic – 1 tablespoon.
  • Honey – about half of a cup.


You don’t need to heat up the ingredients for this one, just mix them up. This remedy has proved to help with sinus problems as well.


9. Sugar And Spice

Sugar and SpiceReferring to the title, sugar and spice will make everything nice. You just need the infamous honey and some freshly ground pepper to help you out. You will need:

  • Water.
  • 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper.

Combining the pepper and honey in a mug, add boiling water over it. Mix it and let the honey melt and the pepper flakes disperse. Cool it off for 10 minutes and stir it once more. Drink the syrup to loosen mucous.

8. Sweet And Sour

Sweet and SourThe next in the mighty four comes in handy, lemon. Combining it with brown sugar, it can be used as immediate remedy whenever you experience coughing. The two things you will need are:

  • Lemon juice – of one whole lemon.
  • Half a cup of brown sugar.

Gently heat both the components together for about 15 minutes to thicken it. Whenever you have a coughing fit, sip this syrup to make it better.

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7. Lemon & Honey

Lemon & HoneyThe ultimate combo will make you feeling good in no time. Lemon with its active enzymes and honey with its soothing effect and sweet aftertaste will refresh you as well as cure your cough. You’re going to need:

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  • Lemon Juice – 2 teaspoons.
  • Water.
  • Honey – a tablespoon.

Just combine these ingredients in slightly warm water and drink as you please.

6. Peppermint And Ginger

Peppermint and GingerThis syrup can be used for the initial stages of cough. You know when you feel that little tickle in your throat and then a sneeze coming on. No there isn’t an imaginary feather on your nose, but it’s the first symptoms of cough. To prevent that, you’ll need:

  • Chopped ginger – 3 tablespoons.
  • Honey – one cup.
  • Water – around 3 ½ cups.
  • Dried peppermint – 1 tablespoon.

Cook the chopped ginger and dried peppermint in the amount of water mentioned above. Let it simmer until the liquid is reduced to half. Let it cool and then add the honey and gently stir it. Store it in a bottle and refrigerate it. You can use it up to 2 weeks.

5. Apple Cider And Cayenne Pepper

Apple Cider and Cayenne PepperBefore you call me mad, I can assure you both the ingredients mentioned above are used in curing the common cough. This remedy helps soothe persistent cough. The ingredients you will need are:

  • Chopped Ginger – a pinch.
  • Water – 2 tablespoons.
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon.
  • Cayenne pepper – a pinch.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 tablespoon.

All you need to do is mix all these ingredients very well and then drink as you please. If you’re still suspicious about the cider and the odd spice, well you’ll just have to hold your nose and gulp it down.


  • The syrup can be stored up to two days.

4. Tea And Honey

Tea and HoneyThis is said to be the most common and effective remedy syrup of all. It’s very domestic and will have immediate effect. You’ll need:

  • Freshly brewed tea – without milk.
  • Honey – 1 teaspoon.

In one cup of freshly brewed tea of your choice, just add honey and sip away. If you drink this before bedtime, it is proved to be more effective and it will soothe your condition, considerably.

3. Ginger And Lemon

ginger n lemonOne the best remedies include the use of fresh produce. If you have fresh ginger and lemon available, try making the following syrup to soothe your cough:

  • Chopped Ginger – two teaspoons.
  • Water- 1 glass.
  • Lemon Juice – 2 teaspoons.
  • Lemon zest – ¼ tablespoon.

Combine the lemon juice, zest and the chopped ginger in a mug. Pour in a glass of boiling water. Stir thoroughly. After letting it cool down for 10 minutes, sip it gently to let it soothe the throat.

2. Pepper And Thyme

Pepper and Thyme       This combination of an herb and a spice is unbeatable. The use of pepper is better yet the best way to clear up the mucous in the tracheal system. And thyme soothes the cough. Simple remedial syrup is:

  • Honey.
  • Ginger - chopped.
  • Pepper – freshly grounded.
  • Dried Thyme.

You can use the ingredients in the amount desired. Mix all the components together making sure to blend the honey in well. This syrup can last up to a week and is very effective for people who have severe cough fits.

1. Wonders Of Warm Water

Wonders of Warm WaterThis isn’t a syrup but I wanted to add this anyway because it is very effective and from personal experience, this definitely works when the cough fits don’t stop. Warm water soothes any kind of throat discomfort whether used to gargle or to drink. A simple remedy used commonly is:

  • Honey – 1 tablespoon.
  • Lemon juice – 2 teaspoons.
  • Warm water- a glass.

Combine all these together to form a very refreshing yet effect drink.

So, now you know how to beat the cough bug, and you know 12 ways to do it! Cough fits and generally coughing is a distracting interruption and the sooner it’s cured the better. Medicines and pills may work for a while but the real remedy is in our pantry and not in a stuffy medical store where everything smells of chlorine and you feel like you’re going in for an operation yourself.

Jokes aside, you always need to be careful as to not drink many cold drinks and protect yourself by being sanitary. That way, you won’t have a cough-bug to beat!

Tips& Precautions:

  • It is better to drink the syrup while it’s warm.
  • If you’ve refrigerated the syrup, warm it up before drinking.
  • Do not drink any cold liquids after the intake of syrup.
  • Always use fresh ingredients while preparing your remedy unless it’s dried herbs. The better the produce, the better the effect it’ll have.
  • Safety first! Don’t drink the syrup too hot and burn your tongue.
  • The mighty four, specially the lemon and ginger should be fresh before use.
  • A warm cup of tea before bed is the most ancient and effective remedy of all.
  • Don’t hold in your coughs, they damage the tracheal system.
  • Always take deep breaths after coughing fits and don’t drink the syrup immediately after the fits, as it can go into the respiratory tract instead of the digestive one.

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