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Easy Homemade Cough Remedy Made With Common Kitchen Spices

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.

homemade cough remedy

Why Does this Homemade Cough Remedy Work?

Let’s break it down.

Honey – A single dose of honey before bedtime was shown in recent studies to diminish cough and the discomfort experienced by children and their parents. Recent evidence also supports administering a few daily doses, but this practice will need further study to assess its effectiveness and safety. – Source: NCBI

Apple Cider Vinegar –  The acid in apple cider vinegar thins out mucous in the throat. This helps the mucous to move out of your respiratory system more quickly. Loosening phlegm can help you feel like you’re on the way to recovery.

Cayenne Pepper – When mixed with apple cider vinegar and honey, cayenne may relieve throat pain and inflammation from coughs. It may also help stimulate a more productive, less dry cough.

Ground Ginger – Ginger has many benefits especially for both sore throats and cough. Ginger reduces the inflammation caused in a throat when it is sore and the honey helps in soothing it also taming the rough coughs.


homemade cough syrup

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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