Make Your Own: Cold and Cough Syrup

make your own cold syrup

It’s getting to be that time of year.

You know what one I mean.

The one where the world turns into a petri dish.

Some people turn to myo cold syrups because of food-political reasons, or an attempt to get off of the grid, or to be green.

I do it because I don’t have a choice. The list of what I can’t take is significantly longer than what I can. Musinex will actually kill me.

This isn’t Robitussen, but it’ll help with the basic, common cold. If you notice infection symptoms, please go see someone.

Some tips
-Once you make your jar, it can sit out for a little while but it should go into the fridge as soon as possible. If your lemons are like mine, they’re going to try to float, and anything above the honey is a breeding ground for bad things.

-Use the best quality cinnamon you can get your hands on.

-You can add other herbs to the mix if you want. Garlic and elderberries would be an obvious choice-but I’m not nearly well trained enough as an herbalist to tell you how. Make sure you have a reliable, trusted source before you start throwing stuff into your jar.

-If you can find organic lemons without going out of your way you don’t have to peel them, just throw them in chunked up.

-Raw honey really is best, but get the best honey you can afford. Just make sure it’s actual honey.

-Not recommended for young children

Cough and Cold Syrup

1 large glass jar

1 jar raw honey (size doesn’t really matter, more honey=more syrup)

2 lemons, peeled roughly chopped

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon or 2-3 sticks

heavy handed dash cayenne pepper

heavy handed dash ground ginger or a small knob’s worth, grated


Into your jar, add your spices and your lemons. Cover completely with honey.

Let sit in the fridge for a few days, stirring every day or so.

Take by a generous teaspoon, either straight or added to tea or hot water.

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One comment

  1. Actual medical studies have shown that honey and lemon is essentially equally effective to commercial cough syrup. My mom always made hot lemon, honey, and butter mixture for my brother and me for coughs when we were kids…

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