Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Home made Cough Syrup that actually tastes good.

Friends were visiting the other day and I offered the gentleman a glass of water as his coca cola was finished.  "No thanks" he said, "I don't drink water, water rusts you from the inside".  

I don't think I will ever forget this quote Trevor.

Dylan has had a cough for two weeks, one of those nagging, dry coughs that hang around forever.
He doesn't like the traditional cough lozenges so I made a bottle of simple,  home made cough syrup from ingredients in the cupboard.

I have to share this recipe as it works and  is easy to drink as it tastes good.

I thank Wellness Mama for her suggestion.

Make it and store in the refrigerator for up to two months, if it lasts that long.

Note the scribbly hand writing as a last minute thought, before I planned to share it here.

Home Made Cough Syrup
1 litre of filtered water (I used rainwater)
1/2 cup chopped fresh ginger
1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers
1/4 cup dried marshmallow root
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup honey

Put the ginger and herbs into a medium saucepan and add the water.
Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.  Simmer until the quantity is reduced to half.  
Pour through muslin or cheesecloth to strain the herbs out, discard the herbs.
While the liquid is still warm mix with the freshly squeezed lemon juice and honey.
Mix well.  Store into a sterilised air tight container, label and keep in fridge for up to 2 months.
Give 1 teaspoon to children and 1 tablespoon to adults as needed for symptoms.

(Dylan is having a medicine cup full per time, it is really helping his cough and sleeping.)

Bon appetito, enjoy, Merryn xx


  1. Oh, I must make some of this Merryn - I have a bit of a dry cough from time to time - and this might work better than water!

    1. Do it Rachel, this is amazing and very soothing :D

  2. Good idea making it in a big batch! I usually have a jar with bits of ginger submerged in honey for times like this.

    What is marshmallow root??

  3. Marshmallow root comes from the base of the marshmallow plant. I buy it in dried form. Ginger in honey is a great idea, very beneficial :D

    1. I just found out it is a native herb grown throughout damp areas of northern Europe, western Asia and the UK. It pays to research what you are using!

  4. Ooh I'm eager to try this. Do you buy marshmallow root from health food stores?

    1. I purchased marshmallow root online from Accolent herbs through Ebay. The variety of herbs/spices they offer is amazing and I combined quite a few products to minimise postage.

  5. I almost wrote that I couldn't wait to have a cough so I could try this and then I realised that's a lie. It's nice to know you're here. :)

    1. You are so funny Maureen, thank you for making my day :D

  6. I really liked this post. Thanks for sharing knowledge about treatment of Anticoff syrup. I found axactly what i'm finding.