Make your own cough syrup – 4 tablespoons

You can easily make your own cough syrup. Photo: Sergey Sushitsky/Shutterstock



The cold season has started. Water provides quick relief from a cough. We show how you can easily make your own cough syrup.

Few people survive the cold season without a cold. Viruses and bacteria circulate quickly, especially in daycare centers and schools—coughs and colds are then constant companions. You can get many juices, drops, lozenges and more at health food stores and pharmacies. However, some of them also contain synthetic or difficult to understand active ingredients and become very expensive over time.

So you can easily make your own cough syrup. Many natural ingredients relieve the urge to cough and have an anti-inflammatory and soothing effect. We offer you 4 recipes of cough syrups. As some milks have to ferment for several days after preparation, it is recommended to make some juice first.

The following applies to all recipes: Make sure that the glasses and materials used are sterile.

Also read: Sterilizing Jars – 5 Methods for Aseptic Mason Jars

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Important: Children under one year old should not eat honey!

Cough syrup with onions is a popular home remedy. Photo: Piotr Wytrazek/Shutterstock

Onion is a tried and tested home remedy for cough. On the one hand, essential oils and compounds containing sulfur ensure that our eyes burn during the injury, but at the same time they also loosen the mucus, have an anti-inflammatory effect and calm the bronchi.

For onion syrup, you only need onions and sugar in a ratio of 1:1, that is:

  • 100 grams of onion
  • 100 grams of sugar

The type of onion does not matter, but red onions usually have a milder taste and are therefore preferred by many people.

Whether you use brown or white sugar is entirely up to you. You can also use honey instead of sugar, if milk is not suitable for small children.

How to prepare onion juice:

  • Cut the onions into small cubes as much as possible.
  • Layer the onions and sugar in a bowl.
  • Leave the pot overnight or for several hours. The sugar melts and soaks into the onion slices.
  • When the sugar is completely liquid, strain the liquid through a fine sieve.

The onion cough syrup is ready. Due to the high sugar content, it will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator. So you can easily prepare a larger quantity.

If you have a cold, drink 1 teaspoon of its juice from time to time during the day. Either let it dissolve in your mouth or mix it with hot water or tea.

Donation: To improve the taste of the milk, you can use up to 150 grams of sugar or add the juice of one lemon.

Cough soup with seg. Photo: Jiri Hera/Shutterstock

It is not for nothing that true wisdom is also known as medicine wisdom. Sage is effective against viruses and bacteria as well as anti-inflammatory. It is worth mentioning that the juice not only helps with colds, but also has a digestive effect and therefore can be used for gastrointestinal complaints.

Important: Since sage can cause birth defects in certain doses, pregnant women should avoid this syrup!

Ingredients for the cough syrup:

  • 1 liter of water
  • 1 kg of brown sugar
  • 80 g of fennel leaves
  • 1 lemon

Preparation of the cough syrup:

  • Wash the shallot leaves and cut them into thin strips.
  • Mix water and sugar in a pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves and saute for about 5 more minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let it rest for 1-2 days.
  • Squeeze the lemon and add it to the juice.
  • Pass the juice through a sieve to break up the scallion leaves.
  • Bring the sauce back to a boil and cook until it becomes a soup.
  • Pour into clean jars or bottles.

If you have a cough or sore throat, just swish a spoonful of the syrup in your mouth or pour warm water over it and drink it as a tea.

Cough syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for at least three months.

Ginger and lemon are absolute classics against colds. Photo: PHENPHAYOM/Shutterstock

Ginger not only tastes great in typical Asian dishes, but is also known for its medicinal properties. In homemade cough syrup, ginger and lemon relieve typical cold symptoms.

For the ginger-lemon cookie syrup you will need:

  • 300 g of fresh ginger
  • 150 grams of sugar
  • 100 grams of honey
  • 1 lemon or lime (organic, untreated)
  • 10 g of turmeric powder
  • 500 ml of water

How to prepare milk:

  • Peel the ginger and chop it finely.
  • Cut the lemon zest.
  • Put water, sugar, ginger, turmeric and lemon in a pan. Bring to a boil and then simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes.
  • Towards the end add honey and lemon juice.
  • Strain the syrup through a fine sieve into a clean bottle.

If you have cough and sore throat, you can take a spoon three times a day.

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Thyme is also recommended as a cough syrup. Photo: Heike Rau/Shutterstock

Thistle is also a perennial medicinal herb. It has an expectorant, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect. Therefore, it is often used for cough and sore throat.

Make your own cough syrup with these ingredients:

  • 100 g fresh strawberries (or 50 g dried)
  • 1 lemon (organic, untreated)
  • 150 grams of liquid honey
  • 200 ml of water

This is how it is done:

  • Finely chop the poppy seeds and put them in a pot with water.
  • Bring everything to a boil and then let the mixture simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and allow the broth to cool to body temperature.
  • Drain the water with a fine sieve to remove the arrowheads.
  • Now add honey and lemon juice and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into clean bottles or jars.

The water will keep in the fridge for several weeks.

If you have a sore throat or cough, you can drink a spoonful of cough syrup several times a day or put it in a cup of tea.

The common cough associated with a cold is usually harmless and will clear up on its own. Still, there are symptoms that can accompany a cough that require a visit to the doctor.

See a doctor if any of the following applies to you:

  • Cough lasts more than 2 weeks
  • Cough that occurs mainly at night
  • Severe coughing fits and abnormal breathing sounds (wheezing, wheezing)
  • Abnormal expression *
  • Persistent or high fever
  • pain when breathing
  • Chest tightness or chest pain
  • Shortness of breath at rest or during exercise
  • Leg pain, swelling or redness (possible pulmonary embolism)
  • muscle and leg pain
  • unwanted weight loss
  • night itch

*danger: Drinking blood is always an emergency. Do not waste time and call the emergency number 112.

Pregnant women and children should see a doctor or be referred to a pediatrician if they cough more often.

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