I have discovered the wonders of homemade cough syrup, especially for the girls as they are trying to settle off to sleep at night with a cold, and the tickley cough just won’t leave them alone. This time of year lemons are nice and affordable too which is handy!
It is that time of year when people succumb to the horrors of winter bugs. My family keep amazingly well compared to some *touch wood*. Miss 7 got a letter in the post from the GP asking if she still wanted to be enrolled as she hasn’t seen a doctor or nurse in 3 years! In saying that though, even we come down with the odd cold or sniffle. Homemade cough syrup knocks the annoying coughs on its annoying little heads. It only has 4 ingredients and is natural and effective and very simple to make at home.
Homemade Cough Syrup – Natural Cough Medicine.
Zest of 2 lemons
¼ cup – peeled, sliced ginger
1 cup – water
1 cup – honey
½ cup – lemon juice from the lemons
In a small saucepan, combine lemon zest, sliced ginger and 1 cup of water. Bring mixture to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, then strain through a sieve into a heat-proof measuring cup. Rinse the saucepan out and pour in 1 cup of honey. On low heat, warm the honey, but do not allow it to boil. Add the strained lemon ginger water and the lemon juice. Stir the mixture until it combines to form a thick syrup. Pour into a clean jar with a lid. Note: This can be refrigerated for up to 2 months.
For children ages 1 to 5, use ½ to 1 teaspoon. Children ages 5 to 12, use 1 to 2 teaspoon. For children 12 and older and adults, use 1 to 2 tablespoons.*
* Remember, honey is not recommended for children under the age of one.
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