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Homemade Cough Remedy | Essential Homestead

homemade cough remedy

Homemade Cough Remedy:


  1. Fill a small jar halfway with raw honey and water.
  2. Add lemon oil into the honey and stir.
  3. I like to grate my garlic up finely and add it to the honey mixture.  Another option is to crush the garlic clove and ginger. You don’t want to pulverize them, or you’ll end up with little bitty chunks floating around in the honey…just crush them one good time, to start the enzyme reactions in the cloves. I like to whack the cloves of garlic with the side of my meat tenderizer mallet, and I do the same thing to the ginger.
  4. Drop them into the honey and stir.
  5. Cayenne Pepper is another natural agent that brings heat and draws out cold. Add a little ground cayenne to the mixture, if you can tolerate the heat. Cayenne is anti-fungal, anti-irritant, anti-redness and more.  I leave this ingredient out when giving it to my children.
  6. We store this in the fridge, because the cold feels good on hot, scratchy throats and it lasts longer.
How to take it:
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. (according to
Keeping it going:
We keep the mix going as long as we have colds in the house by adding more honey and lemon to taste as we use it up.
I also refresh the cloves of garlic and ginger daily, removing the old ones with a fork, and adding new ones

** Consult your pediatrician before giving honey to a child under 2 years old.

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