Homemade Cough Syrup

Herbal cough syrup is a natural homemade alternative to conventional cough syrup. It contains herbs that help soothe the throat and promote restful sleep.

Herbal Cough Syrup Recipe

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 8+


  • 1 quart of filtered water
  • ¼ cup Ginger Root (fresh grated or dried)
  • ¼ cup Chamomile Flowers
  • ¼ cup Marshmallow Root
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup honey


  1. Pour the water into a medium saucepan and add the dried herbs.
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Simmer until the volume is reduced by about half. (You will need 1 cup of liquid after herbs are strained off)
  4. Pour through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove herbs (compost the herbs!).
  5. While liquid is still warm (not boiling) mix with lemon juice and honey and stir well.
  6. Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months.


Recommended dosage is 1 teaspoon to children and 1 tablespoon to adults as needed for symptoms.