Monday, March 12, 2012

DIY EASY homemade all natural EFFECTIVE cough syrup!

I don't know about you, but we have been battling colds and coughs like crazy this winter.  A really vicious cough ran through our town and we are happily finally getting over it!  Anyway, in the midst of that nasty cold we needed a cough syrup.  I don't buy medicines that are not natural, and sometimes the commercial natural ones can be pricey so I made my own from one of my favorite herbal recipe books called "Jude's Herbal Home Remedies".  It is SO EASY and inexpensive,as well as being EFFECTIVE.  Plus you only need a few ingredients.  We whipped it up at 9 at night when we needed it! As you can see I had a hard time getting the light right in the photos that late at night.
 To start you need thyme from your local health food store.  Health food stores carry bulk spices VERY inexpensively.  I believe that big bag of thyme in the picture above was around $1.75.  Then honey, boiling water, and a container to pour your mixture into.  I just used an old agave container.  Then you will need a funnel to get the syrup into your container.
So here is the recipe..
Thyme Cough Syrup
1 ounce dried Thyme
1 pint boiling water
1 cup of honey

Pour one pint of boiling water over the thyme.  Let that steep till room temperature.  Now strain it and add your honey.  Mix well and transfer to your container.  Keep it refrigerated. Take one Tablespoon as needed for coughing, sore throats, and colds.

Thyme is used because of it's stimulant and antiseptic properties on the bronchial system.  It also helps clean out the bronchials.  
Honey has long been know for it's medicinal properties and it's it's ability to calm and sooth a cold but research now PROVES it is actually MORE effective than over the counter cough medicines.  Here is an excerpt from ABC News. (click on the link to read the whole arcticle.)

"The study, published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that children who received a small dose of buckwheat honey before bedtime slept better and coughed less than those who received either a common over-the-counter cough suppressant (dextromethorphan) or nothing at all."

Impressive no?  Well now you know how to make a simple, EFFECTIVE, easy to make cough and cold syrup.  Let me know if you try it!
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Sherry said...

I don't have a kitchen scale. How many tablespoons would you say an ounce of thyme is? said...
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One ounce by weight is about 1 cup of dried herbs. HOpe this helps. Thanks for checking out the blog! Kristy

The Blessed Cheaper Organic said...

I like this syrup! I had not thought of using the thyme...

Anonymous said...

My husband had bronchitis a couple weeks ago and all I did was boil one tablespoon of basil with about one cup of water. I put a tablespoon or two of honey in the tea. He was over it in a couple days!! I also made another mixture of tea with some thyme and basil.
I am very new in the natural remedies world, lol! I am really excited to get away from lab made products!! said...

Glad that was helpful. I will have to try adding Basil. I will try to add more and more natural remedies.
I am a bit random in my posts but things related to natural health and diy things crop up often as they are just part of our day to day life. Thanks for visiting!

Lawrence R. said...

Hi, I have a terrible cough with my cold , you know commercial c. syrups are 7.00 or more ; i'm sipping hot green tea now but will def. try your recipe , for colds they also recommend a few shakes of cayenne pepper, ( for the adults ) Reed

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Unknown said...

DIY EASY homemade all natural EFFECTIVE cough syrup – Oh, I need a lot of bottles of this one so than you for sharing! Either I buy from you (that is if you're selling it, lol!) or force myself learn from this post; it seems easy to do though. I will let you know when I try it! Ora @

Lisa said...

Thanks for this! Do you have a natural recipe for throat drops? Gluten free and Paleo?