how to: homemade cough syrup

I’m surprised it’s happened already with just 7 days of school under our belt, but here we are. My little boy already has his first cold of the school year.  And I’m feeling a tickle in my throat….so I’m sure my 10 days of sniffles and coughs isn’t far behind.

I’ve tried hot lemon tea with cayenne pepper before but I’m sure I waited too long and my cold was already making itself at home. Hopefully I’ll get to this one soon enough and won’t have to suffer! Check out Good Food Matters for a homemade cough syrup recipe. I’m putting it to the test tonight and will let you know how it works for us.

– 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
– 1/4teaspoon ginger
– 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
– 2 tablespoons water
– 1 tablespoons honey

Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well. Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough. Note: this doesn’t dissolve perfectly. Always shake well before using.

About Amanda

Amanda Robinson is the eco-chic, green living, fitness loving mom behind Natural Mommie. Since early 2009, Amanda has been the source for moms to learn how to bring more balanced green beauty, eco-friendly, sustainable, organic products into their lives without being too “crunchy” or “granola”. Amanda is passionate about wellness and inspiring moms to make more eco-friendly and healthy choices without having to give up their hip mama selves and trade in their stilettos for Birkenstocks. She can often be found sipping green tea, behind her camera, diy’ing, instagramming, in the middle of a workout, chasing her two little boys around her farm or with her nose in an ingredients list in efforts to help other moms become more aware of what is really in the products they buy.


  1. Thanks for sharing, Amanda! Cady only had two days of Playschool last week, and both her and her little sis have been horribly sick this weekend. I’ll have to give this a try for me.

  2. It’s sort of like a hot and sour soup/dressing taste. Kinda spicy but it feels nice on the way down :) Hope you all feel better soon!! x

  3. Because of heart arrthymias, I can’t use regular cough Meds do this natural solution will be added to my remedies list. Thanks!

  4. Hi Amanda,
    Do you use fresh ginger or powdered? I’m guessing fresh..?!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Lori Bazan says:

    This is a great recipe for a natural remedy for dry coughs..I have copied and pasted your link to share with all my friends! I really appreciate this post!

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