Homemade Cough Syrup

There seems to be quite a few different colds floating around this season, the majority of which are caused by a virus. There are no medications you can take, your body simple needs to fight off the virus. Your medical doctor may give you an antibiotic, but lets be honest, antibiotics only kill bacteria, not a virus.  The best thing you can do is rest, hydrate, and support your immune system!

Over the counter cough syrups you can purchase at the drug store aren’t as good as you may think. They are laden with chemicals, dyes and sugar which suppress the immune system and simply cover up the cough.

So what are you to do? Well .. make your own cough syrup! Naturopathic medicine is great at treating viral colds. There are herbs you can take to help fight viruses. These herbs have antimicrobial (specifically anti-viral activity). I am talking about garlic, ginger, and onions. Cooking with these herbs destroys their medicinal properties, so it is best to eat them raw. Here is a recipe to make your own:


2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

1 cup honey

1 tsp ginger, chopped


Combine all ingredients in a jar. Allow the mixture to steep overnight at room temperature. Strain and use the liquid as a cough syrup. Store, covered, in your refrigerator. Take 1 teaspoon (children) or 1 tablespoon (adults) as needed.

NOTE: Do not use with children under the age of 1.