Cough Syrup

Tis the season for colds and coughs.
I gave up the sugar filled, chemical concoctions sold at most retailers and started making my own a few years ago.  This recipe is the one I make for me when I come down with that icky snarfully cold feeling.  I wouldn’t give this to little C, but I’ll share below what we do for her below.   I also run a diffuser with lots of different essential oils and cut out sugar… Sugar suppresses the immune system.

*Warning I am not a doctor or nurse* This is what we do and I am not suggesting that you give up common sense and use this. I assume no liability from use of any recipes on this site.

Grown up Cough Syrup:

by all means this is not suggested for use with kids…. it is a bit spicy, but it works like a charm for this momma!
2 tablespoons of raw  honey,
1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon of ginger ( I now add ginger juice since we have a juicer)
(optional add ins: crushed clove of garlic. 1  teaspoon of  of chopped onion or a 1 tablespoon of  fresh lemon juice)

Take a teaspoon every hour and it it sure clears our your sinuses.
My netti pot and this syrup has me feelin fine… now sounding ok… well that is another story, but feeling good is worth something isn’t it??

Little C’s Cough syrup:

Kids get coughs and it seams to last forever…  What do I do?

I give honey. Yes that is right Honey is natural cough suppressant.
Sometimes I mix in cinnamon (a little bit) and sometimes I add in lemon juice and sometimes I have elderberry juice that I infuse with clove and cinnamon add to honey. That is little C’s  *favorite* cough syrup.  Yes it is that simple. My go to kid cough syrup is honey and sometimes *flavored* honey.

*most of the time I give a teaspoon of “cough syrup” and then follow it up with a cup of warm tea with more honey added*  For some reason Little C enjoys being sick… It must be the honey treatments, movies and snuggles.

Here is a link to some info from Webmd.com on honey as cough syrup.
http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20120806/mom-was-right-honey-can-calm-cough

Until next time,
Your Friendly Farmer’s Wife

Cough syrup ingredients

Cough syrup ingredients

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