In the last few weeks we have had colds and coughs in our family. So I felt it was time to start making my homemade cough medicine. I made it about the same time last year and it seemed to be very effective. While I was cooking it I thought I would share the recipe with you on my YouTube channel Googie’s Kitchen. Below the picture is the link for the video and the blog post too.
Firstly, local honey is great at soothing a cough and cold. Studies have shown that honey can work more efficiently to calm a cough than over-the counter drugs. Honey has a brilliant stickiness that does an incredible job of coating and calming that irritated throat. Thanks to an enzyme added by the bees when they harvest honey, it also has antibacterial properties as well. Therefore taking honey for a cough may help to shorten how long you have the cough if it is due to a bacterial illness.
Ginger, the next ingredient, is often used to soothe sore throats and reduce coughing especially those caused by common colds. In fact, ginger works on the respiratory system to cleanse and heal. Its pungent warming action helps eliminate mucus from the lungs that may cause a cough. Ginger is also a natural muscle relaxer that can relieve spasms associated with intense coughing.
Lemon is a great ingredient for help the immune system and it also acts as a powerful anti-oxidant. It is high in vitamin C, in fact, the juice of one lemon contains 113% of the recommended daily allowance for an adult. Vitamin C helps the immune system. Lemons also have been shown to have very strong antibacterial and antiviral properties.
The final ingredient is thyme which is a herb packed full of vitamin C but is also a good source of vitamin A. If you feel a cold coming thyme can help you return to great health again. Thyme essential oil, which is obtained from its leaves, is often used as a natural cough remedy. In one study, it was used to alleviate coughing and other symptoms of acute bronchitis. With all of this in mind I put together a great cough mixture that has helped my sons cough enormously. It’s very simple and quick to cook. Well worth a try if you are suffering with a cold.
Makes about 200mls
- Saucepan with lid x 1
- Grater x 1
- Chopping board x 1
- Sharp knife x 1
- Sterile jar
- Local honey x 8tbsp
- Filtered or boiled water x 4 tbsp
- Ginger x 1 inch piece
- Lemon x 1 juice and zest
- Thyme x 8 – 10 sprigs
- Measure 8 tbsp spoons of honey and put in the saucepan.
- Then measure 4 tbsp water and add to the pan.
- Remove the skin from the ginger and using the zester grate into the pan.
- Next zest the rind from the lemon and again add to the pan.
- Chop the lemon in half and using the fork squeeze the juice out into the pan.
- Stir everything in the pan.
- Add the thyme sprigs and put the pan on a high heat.
- Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for 15-20mins.
- Leave to cool completely.
- Pour into a sterile jar and store in a cool, dark place until needed.
Remember it is important to store your cough mixture in a cool, dark place until needed. I store ours at the back of the fridge. The medicine will last a few days and then it will begin to lose its nutrients the older it gets. I made a batch of this the other day and after about three days my son’s cough had cleared up. By the way, it’s also best to use local honey as, I believe it’s much better for the body. Personally I think this is a great little remedy that’s good for the body. As always, please enjoy.