Natural cough remedy ingredientsApple cider vinegar: Containing beneficial bacteria, ACV can help give your immune system a quick boost and also soothe your sore throat. Garlic: If you can, use actual raw garlic in this recipe. Why? Allicin, a compound found in garlic, is known for its ability to kill the microorganisms that are responsible respiratory infections that can lead to coughing. Lemon juice: High in vitamin C, lemons are also loaded with antioxidants that can help fight inflammation and promote improved immunity. Raw honey: Working to relieve irritation, reduce inflammation and increase cytokine release, honey also provides immune-boosting antioxidants. In fact, studies show that a single dose of honey can reduce mucus secretion and coughs… and can be just as effective as diphenhydramine and dextromethorphan, common ingredients found in over-the-counter cough medicines. Ginger: It carries powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, which makes it a go-to when dealing with respiratory tract infections. Cinnamon: Containing natural antimicrobial, antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral properties, cinnamon is a welcome and tasty addition to a homemade cough syrup recipe! Cayenne: With its anti-irritant properties, cayenne pepper can help ease coughs. In addition, it’s full of immune system–supporting beta carotene and antioxidants.
DIY Natural Cough Syrup
This is a recipe for one day. It makes three servings: morning, afternoon and before bed.
- Small glass jar
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- Juice from ½ lemon
- 1½ Tbsp. water
- 1 Tbsp. raw honey
- ¼ tsp. ground garlic (or 3 cloves, finely chopped)
- 1¼ tsp. ground ginger
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ? tsp. ground cayenne pepper
- In glass jar, combine all the ingredients.
- Cover jar with lid and shake contents thoroughly. (And do so before each time you consume.)
- Consume one-third of mixture (just over 1 tablespoon) for each serving.
- Refrigerate. When ready to use, let cough syrup sit out for around 10 minutes before consuming.