Honey Cough Syrup

Honey Cough Syrup

Not only is honey delicious, but it also provides many medicinal benefits, including relieving cough. In fact, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) recommends using honey for cough instead of antibiotics. And you can make your own honey cough syrup using 4 simple ingredients: water, lemon, ginger, and raw honey.

Remember that honey shouldn’t be feed to children under the age of one.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (or 1/4 cup peeled and sliced fresh ginger)
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice


Step 1: Pour the water into a small saucepan. Add the lemon zest and ginger into the pan and stir with a wooden spoon.

Step 2: Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 3: Remove the saucepan from heat and strain the mixture into a container.

Step 4: Wipe out the saucepan and add the honey. Set the saucepan on the stove over low heat.

Step 5: Slowly warm the honey but DO NOT BOIL.

Step 6: Pour the lemon juice and ginger mixture into the honey, and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.

Step 7: Remove the homemade honey cough syrup from the heat and let cool.

Step 8: Once cool, pour into a container and keep in the fridge. The honey cough syrup can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 months.

How To Use the Honey Cough Syrup:

Children 12 years and older, and adults: Use 1 to 2 Tablespoons every 4 hours.

Children 1 to 5 years of age: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon every 2 hours.