If you are looking for a home remedy to treat a bothersome cough, look no further than the jar of honey sitting in your cupboard. While over-the-counter cough syrups are readily available, honey offers a homemade solution to a common symptom of colds and the flu. Honey offers a completely natural alternative to soothe a throat raw from coughing. It offers a safe and valid alternative to dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in most cough syrups. In addition, it has virtually no side effects and is quite safe for use with children.
Cayenne Honey Cough Syrup
This is a cough syrup that tastes absolutely horrible, but works great. It helps to soothe an irritated throat and loosen congestion and phlegm in the chest. If you can tolerate the taste it is worth considering. Combine the following ingredients in a bowl: 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of water. Mix together well and take one to two teaspoons several hours apart for relief. You may want to make it in larger quantities and keep in a bottle in the refrigerator.
Lemon and Honey
The combination of lemon and honey is a classic for treating a cough as well as soothing a sore throat. If you have a minor cough, try this instead of resorting to an over-the-counter cough medicine. Boil a whole lemon, remove from water, then let the lemon cool. Once it has cooled, squeeze the juice into a small bowl and combine with one cup of honey. Take two tablespoons of this mixture every four hours for relief of your coughing symptoms. This mixture coats the throat and is very soothing. It's especially effective for those coughs that involve throat irritation as opposed to those with a significant throat or chest infection.
Garlic, Onions, Oregano and Honey
This is quite a smelly recipe for a cough-relieving syrup, but it works great on relieving a chronic cough that is accompanied by phlegm and congestion. Boil about one cup of water with two chopped-up garlic cloves, one tablespoon of oregano and one tablespoon of honey. Boil for about 10 minutes. Pour into a cup, let cool slightly and drink.
Raw onion juice can be useful when treating a cough. Chop up an onion into very small chunks and extract the juice from the pieces. Mix one teaspoon of the onion juice with a teaspoon of honey. Take one teaspoon twice daily.