Homemade Cough Syrups
Coughing is a very common health problem in people of different age. According to WebMD’s statistics, about 60% of adults and 70% of children in the United States, during the winter season, have a dry cough caused by different throat infections, lung infections or flu. Cough treatment shouldn’t be ignored because these symptoms can easily turn into a chronic cough or eventually turn into something more serious.
The triggers of dry cough are:
- Cold and flu season – during autumn and winter;
- Acid reflux;
- Dry air;
These are only some of the most common causes. And each of them can cause a dry cough of a certain kind. Among recommended over the counter cough remedies are Guaifenesin based expectorants and Dextromethorphan (DM) based cough suppressants. WebMD also suggests using combinatory medications like painkillers or antihistamines for dry cough relief if you also have symptoms like a runny nose, stuffy nose, allergies, or a high temperature. Surely, you should consult a doctor before applying any of these medications at home.
However, it is not necessary to take all of the pills and syrups offered at the nearest pharmacy. They are based on chemical contents that can trigger dangerous side effects, especially in a child’s body. Instead, you can try natural dry cough treatments by making your own cough syrup at home.
The benefits of home remedies for cough
If you are looking for an economical, risk-free and effective treatment for cough, you should definitely consider making your own cough mixture. This remedy may have an unpleasant smell or taste, but it will also accelerate the healing processes in your body in a more natural way than the chemical compounds you would buy at a pharmacy. Also, the majority of home remedies for dry cough are based on hypoallergenic ingredients that can be bought on a budget in the nearest supermarket. The effective and affordable ingredients for natural cough remedies are:
All these components mixed in a single dry cough remedy can successfully kill germs, soothe the throat and reduce its soreness. You can experiment with your own dry cough syrup recipe or try the recipes offered by the teams at Babble.com and LiveStrong.com.
Home remedies for cough and cold: popular recipes
Lemon, coconut oil, and honey cough syrup
Take 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, ¼ cup of organic raw honey and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Get a pan and mix all these ingredients in it. Then, heat the mixture until you see the coconut oil melting. Add a spoonful of this warm homemade cough syrup to hot water or tea and drink. Take this syrup for a week until your dry cough turns into a wet cough. Every time you take it, make sure to heat the mixture until the coconut oil melts. You can store this dry cough home remedy for up to a month in your fridge.
A natural cough remedy for kids
To make a very effective home cough remedy for kids you should use 1 and ½ tablespoons of 2 lemons’ zest, ¼ cup of sliced and peeled ginger (or a half teaspoon of ground ginger), 1 cup of raw honey, ½ of fresh lemon juice and 1 cup of water.
To prepare this mixture, start by pouring 1 cup of water to a small saucepan. Then add sliced ginger and the lemon zest. Boil this mixture for 5 minutes. Filer the warm solution into a measuring cup. In the clean saucepan pour 1 cup of honey. Then warm the honey on low heat, but do not boil. Add the strained lemon prepared earlier, lemon juice and ginger water. Stir the mixture until you get a thick syrup. Pour the syrup into a jar with a lid. The remedy can be stored in your fridge for up to 2 months.
You can give this home remedy for cough for kids in this way:
- The age from 1 to 5 years – give 0.5 or 1 tablespoon every 2 hrs;
- The age from 5 to 12 – 1-2 tablespoons given every 2 hrs;
- The age from 12 years – 1-2 tablespoons every 4 hrs.
Keep in mind that honey should only be given to children who are above the age of 12 months.
Alcohol based homemade cough remedy
Take 1 cup of whiskey, ¼ cup of peppermint schnapps, 1 cup of honey and 2 lemons. In a cup add the honey and then squeeze in it a lemon. Add to this mixture peppermint schnapps and whiskey. Stir the syrup until it becomes thick. Drink with hot tea.
“Grandma’s” natural cough syrup
Take a ginger root, peel a piece and cut it into slices. Using a grater, zest 2 fresh lemons. Add 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of sliced ginger and 1-2 tablespoons of lemon zest to a saucepan. Boil this solution and then let it simmer for 5 minutes. Then put aside the strained solution. Take another saucepan and add to it 1 cup of raw honey. Heat the honey on low heat, but do not boil. Mix the warm honey with a previously cooked strained ginger mixture. Add the extracted juice from 2 lemons. Continue to stir the mixture on low heat for few minutes. After heating, pour the syrup into a jar with a lid.
You can give this dry cough syrup to children and adults with such dosage:
- The age from 1 to 5 years – 0.5 -1 teaspoon given every 2 hrs;
- The age from 5 to 12 years – 1-2 teaspoons every 2 hrs;
- The age above 12 years and to adults – 1-2 tablespoons every 4 hrs.
Tips for making and storing natural remedies for cough
- Always store home remedies for cough in the fridge. This way they will preserve healing properties for 2 months;
- For your recipes always use buckwheat honey that can ease up the night dry cough in kids above 2 years old;
- Ginger juice or ground juice is the basic ingredient for almost all dry cough remedies because of its powerful healing of a sore throat;
- In addition to honey, lemon and ginger you can add to your remedy for dry cough such ingredients as garlic, onion and cayenne pepper.
Consider visiting a doctor if dry cough continues longer than a week. Always consult a doctor if your child has dry cough. These home remedies can not cure serious causes of a dry cough. They work only for mild symptoms and can be used as supplements during your medical dry cough treatment.