As cold winter weather approaches, so do flus and coughs and sore throats. It’s time for me to start preparing some natural remedies, in case any of those nasty bugs affect our family. One of my favorite remedies is our homemade honey lemon cough syrup that I make every year. This cough syrup is so soothing for a sore throat, or a cough that just keeps lingering on.
My original recipe was without raw apple cider vinegar (and you’ll find that it tastes better if you skip adding the vinegar to the syrup), but I’ve began to add it to my recipe because it’s a great natural remedy all by itself for numerous things (heartburn, sore throats, detoxing the body, reducing swelling, etc.). The best way to receive the benefits of apple cider vinegar, is through organic raw apple cider vinegar. I use Braags Apple Cider Vinegar.
Both lemon juice and coconut oil have powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties, making this syrup not only soothing to a sore throat, but helping to heal a sore throat as well. Honey also aides in healing, and gives a ‘sweet’ relief as it coats the throat. (Be sure not to give honey to a baby under 12 months of age!)
Honey Lemon Cough Syrup Recipe
-1/4 cup of coconut oil
-1/2 cup of local raw honey
-Juice of 2 lemons
-1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar
Heat the coconut oil, honey, and lemon juice over the stove on medium-low heat until melted. Turn the heat off and mix in apple cider vinegar. Pour into a jar (fits perfectly into an 8 ounce jar). Store on your counter for about 2 weeks, or keep in the refrigerator for up to a month. Warm up and take 1 tablespoon as needed, or mix 1 tablespoon into a cup of hot tea (my favorite way to take the syrup!).