Honey Cough Syrup

Honey Cough Syrup

Honey is a tried-and-true remedy for treating coughs and sore throats in both children and adults. This recipe will store for months.

Honey Cough Syrup


zest of 2 lemons (approx. 1 1/2 T)

1/4 cup – ginger, peeled, sliced, or 1/2 tsp. of ground ginger

1 cup – water

1 cup – honey

1/2 cup – lemon juice


In a small saucepan, combine lemon zest, sliced ginger and 1 cup of water. Bring mixture to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, then strain through into a heat-proof measuring cup.

Rinse the saucepan out and pour in 1 cup of honey. On low heat, warm the honey, but do not allow it to boil. Add the strained lemon ginger water and the lemon juice. Stir the mixture until it combines to form a thick syrup.

Pour into a clean jar with a lid.

Note: This can be refrigerated for up to 2 months.

For children ages 1 to 5, use 1/2 to 1 tsp. every 2 hours. For children ages 5 to 12, use 1 to 2 tsp. every 2 hours. For children 12 and older and adults, use 1 to 2 T every 4 hours.*

* Remember, honey is recommended for children after the age of one.

The Author:

Recipe courtesy of Nurse Practitioner Barbara Dehn, RN, MS, NP.

Photo. Bob

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