Make It Yourself: Cough Syrup to Relieve Your Winter Cold

If you or your child hates the taste of cough syrup, you’re not alone. Not only is the taste dreadful, but most of the time it doesn’t even work anyway. So whenever you or a loved one has caught a cold, don’t run over to your local drug store — head over to your kitchen instead to make your very own cough syrup.

It might come as a bit of a surprise, but your kitchen could serve as your very own pharmacy. Almost everyone has honey, coconut oil, turmeric, cayenne pepper and lemon on hand at home, and that’s really all you need to formulate a cough syrup made right in your kitchen.

Homemade Cough Syrup

Simple ingredients that you already have in your household possess properties that really do work, so who needs a prescription when you already have herbs and spices. Apple cider vinegar, honey, ginger, lemon, coconut oil and turmeric is all you need to get rid of that dreadful cough.

Apple cider vinegar restores your body’s pH balance, which gets out of whack when you have a cold. It also helps loosen mucus and slows down mucus production. Honey is added for taste and helps to coat and soothe the throat, and it has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties as well.

Ginger is a natural antihistamine and possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve chest congestion. Lemon is filled with vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system while reducing phlegm. Coconut oil soothes the throat while targeting any bacteria that could be contributing to your cold.

Cayenne pepper provides a warming sensation while relieving the pain by suppressing the neurotransmitter that carries the message of pain to the brain. Turmeric is also extremely beneficial for colds because it possesses antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory abilities that target most cold complications.


  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup of water


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a jar and stir.
  2. Cover with a plastic lid and shake to mix the ingredients further.
  3. Store in the fridge.
  4. Take as often as needed, about 1 tablespoon at a time.
  5. Feel better soon.

Recipe note: Do not give this cough syrup to children under a year old because this recipe contains honey in it.

Recipe inspired by Good Life Eats.

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