I’m trying to fight off a scratchy throat and cough today, and I’ve been wanting to try a homemade cough syrup recipe that I found online. I made it at lunch time and thought I’d share it here. It sure tastes good and soothes the throat. We’ll see if it helps keep this bug from getting any worse. There are few over-the-counter medications I can safely take while pregnant, and I also like that I can give it to Jodi if she catches a cough. Most over-the-counter cold and cough medicines are not safe for little ones, either.
This got me thinking about remedies from the past when people couldn’t just run to the drugstore like we do now. Have you historical writers ever come across a good natural remedy in your research that you’ve tried and found effective? I’d love to hear about them!
Honey Lemon Cough Syrup
- Put a pint of raw honey in a pan on the stove on VERY low heat (Do not boil honey as this changes its medicinal properties) .
- Take a whole lemon and boil in some water in a separate pan for 2-3 minutes to both soften the lemon and kill any bacteria that may be on the lemon skin.
- Let the lemon cool enough to handle then cut it in slices and add it to the pint of honey on the stove.
- Let mixture cook on warm heat for about an hour.
- Then strain the lemon from the honey making sure all lemon seeds are removed.
- Let cool, then bottle in a jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator.
This syrup will keep for 2 months in the refrigerator.
To soothe a cough, take 1/2 teaspoon for a 25 lb. child and 1 teaspoon for a 50 lb. child, about 4 times a day, or as often as needed. Adults can take 1 tablespoon doses.