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Easy Homemade Cough Remedy Made With Common Kitchen Spices

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Are you looking for a homemade cough remedy potent enough to stop your cough or throat tickle in its tracks?  While there are many homemade cough remedies out there, I’ve found this one to be the most effective. 

Here you’ll find the perfect, easy recipe that you can whip up whenever someone in your family needs it.  

The best part is that it’s natural and not manmade and full of chemicals, dyes, and preservatives. I use store bought medicine for cough as a very last resort and I’ve found that living closer to nature and as naturally as possible, I’ve very rarely had to.

This spicy, honey-cider cough syrup recipe is our go-to remedy that has gotten us through the last few cold seasons. 

I love that it’s so easy to prepare and is made with basic kitchen spices and ingredients that most people have on hand.  There’s nothing unusual or hard to find, making this the perfect homemade cough remedy.

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Why Does this Homemade Cough Remedy Work?

Let’s break it down.

Honey – Honey is a key ingredient in this homemade cough remedy, and its effectiveness is backed by scientific research. Studies have shown that a single dose of honey, particularly before bedtime, can reduce coughing and alleviate discomfort in both children and adults. Honey’s natural soothing properties help calm irritated throats and reduce the urge to cough. It’s also known for its antimicrobial properties, which can help combat the underlying causes of coughs, such as infections. Opting for natural honey, preferably raw and locally sourced, enhances its potential health benefits. Source: NCBI

Apple Cider Vinegar –  Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is another vital component of this remedy. ACV contains acetic acid, which helps to thin out mucus in the throat and respiratory system. Thinning mucus can facilitate its easier expulsion from the body, aiding in recovery. Additionally, ACV may have antimicrobial properties that contribute to fighting off infections in the throat and respiratory tract. When combined with honey, it creates a balanced mixture that not only tastes good but also addresses the root causes of your cough.

Cayenne Pepper – The inclusion of cayenne pepper might seem unusual, but it serves a crucial purpose in this homemade cough remedy. When mixed with honey and ACV, cayenne can provide relief from throat pain and inflammation associated with coughs. It may also help stimulate a more productive cough, meaning it helps your body clear mucus and irritants more effectively. The spicy kick of cayenne pepper can also provide a comforting warmth to your throat, making it a soothing addition to the remedy.

Ground Ginger – Ginger is a versatile spice known for its numerous health benefits, especially for treating sore throats and coughs. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce throat inflammation, providing relief from pain and irritation. When combined with honey, ginger’s soothing effects are enhanced, helping to calm rough coughs and make the remedy more palatable.

Concluding Thoughts

While this homemade cough remedy’s ingredients have their potential benefits, it’s important to remember that individual reactions may vary, and it’s not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Before trying any new remedy, especially for severe or persistent symptoms, consult with a healthcare professional.

Incorporating natural remedies into your wellness routine can be a complementary approach to managing minor ailments. However, always prioritize your health and safety by seeking guidance from healthcare providers when needed. Enjoy the simplicity of this homemade cough remedy and its use of everyday kitchen ingredients as you explore natural alternatives for your well-being.

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Homemade Cough Remedy

Barbi Gardiner
This remedy is a spicy honey-cider syrup potent enough to calm a cough and soothe a sore throat. Recipe gently adapted from and with thanks to Good Food Matters.
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  • Dark colored (preferably) glass jar - food grade


  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar preferably Bragg's if available
  • 2 tablespoons honey locally produced raw honey is best if available
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Place all the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine.
  • Leave at room temperature for a few days or place in the refrigerator for longer storage.
  • Shake well each time, before using. The spices will not dissolve into the liquid. It will not be a thick syrup, it should remain watery.
  • Take as needed and have a happy and healthy new year!


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Disclaimer- I am not a medical professional. All information shared here is for information and entertainment only. Do your own research and consult your health care provider before treating yourself with any product, plant or mixture. 

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