By Nicole Walters, Guest Writer
My 3-year-old, 1-year-old and husband all approved the taste of this cough syrup. I’ve also found it to be helpful with all of them. It’s especially helpful with a congestion-related cough.
Why I created it
The last two winters (she’s only three) my daughter has gotten a cough that just stays and stays. Think months. Eventually I take her to the doctor and we use a nebulizer containing a steroid breathing treatment for a few days and it finally goes away. She recently got a cold or a virus and now her cough seems to have settled into that same pattern – for three weeks now. It gets hard for her to sleep due to coughing. She’s thrown up from coughing so hard. I can’t take her anywhere without people thinking I’ve brought a germy child around them.
Obviously, this cough is rough on her and I don’t want her to feel bad. I’d prefer to avoid the medicine route if we can, so I’ve been trying to find some natural cough remedies that will at least allow her to rest at night and give us time to see if it will go away without other treatment. After trying a few different things (warm water with lemon and honey, a spoon of coconut oil, some honey, nettle tea, and so on) I settled on this recipe as the best for us. It incorporates some of the better elements, I know why each ingredient is helpful, and it tastes so good she keeps asking for more.
Lemons are good for detoxing the body, in this case from an illness. They are also high in vitamin C, which is immune boosting. It is naturally anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. It’s also good for breaking up mucus that may be on the throat causing the cough.
Honey, especially raw honey, is well known for its many benefits. It is antibacterial, antiviral, and full of antioxidants. If you’re careful with only slightly heating this and you buy local raw honey it should help even more with an allergy related cough due to honey’s ability to help arm your immune system for dealing with local allergens.
Coconut oil has many amazing properties, but the important ones here are the anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. All these make it perfect for fighting winter colds and viruses. It has even been shown that coconut oil can bolster the immune system by improving white blood cell counts, which directly fights viruses and infections.
Together this syrup fights inflammation, bacteria, and viruses while soothingly coating the throat and breaking up mucus.
DIY: Kid Friendly Cough Syrup
- 4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1/3 Cup Honey (Preferably Raw)
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
Step 1: Place ingredients in a small pot and gently heat on a very low temperature, just enough to melt the coconut oil and warm the honey to mix easily.
Step 2: Stir well.
Step 3: Pour into a small jar and store in the refrigerator.
Note: For the long term, you should store it in the refrigerator, but I do leave it on the counter for a few days when there is illness in the house. Keep it near the stove or warm crock pot (I use mine often for making broth when sick). This will keep the coconut oil liquid. Otherwise the coconut oil will solidify, and you will need to melt it again before administering each time.
Administer it whenever coughing occurs. You can give multiple teaspoons as needed. Honey is not recommended for those under 1 year of age, but there is also some disagreement on that. Read more at Why Babies Can Eat Honey (Sometimes).
We’ve also added a bit of oil of oregano into the syrup when fighting off something pretty bad.
Oil of oregano is an amazing natural antibiotic. Here is a recipe for a Double Infused Oil of Oregano.
Cayenne pepper or Apple Cider Vinegar can also nicely break up the mucous causing many coughs.
Ginger and Garlic are also great for helping soothe cold symptoms.