It’s cold, wet and soggy in our little corner of south London.
And we seem to have been battling sore throats all winter.
Not full on go to bed flu, just background grottiness. It’s a combination of run down immunity and the traffic pollution which has got horrid in London. (What’s it like round you?)
But the pollution ain’t going anywhere fast, so we’ve been dosing up on this good old fashioned, totally natural cough mixture you can whip up yourself in no time and keep in the fridge.
It’s a brilliant quick DIY cough remedy for adults and for kids that can relieve dry coughs fast so our throats don’t get even more sore and inflamed. It’s our go to cough remedy at the first sign of a cough or sore throat but we also use it to sooth bad coughs along with this easy DIY cold & flu remedy if we have got coughs with nasty colds or flu symptoms.
And we really do prefer it to OTC cough medicines.
Easy Alternative To OTC Cough Medicines
I know it always seem simpler to buy a cough remedy but this DIY cough mixture really is super easy and fast to make and doesn’t have any of the nasties that come with OTC cough medicines for both adults and kids.
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics has warned most OTC cough remedies are ineffective and unsuitable for kids.
And recent research has shown the ingredients in this traditional cough mixture are the most effective way to treat initial and minor cough symptoms. So do give it a go when your through is sore and dry.
Or if you have got a cough with cold or flu or allergy symptoms you can combine the cough mixture with these other DIY natural remedies:
- Natural Cold Relief
- 20 Simple Natural Antibiotics
- 15 Simple Immunity Boosters
- 15 Flu & Virus Protection Tips
- 48 Natural Antihistamines
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this post is not medical advice. If you or your family have an unexplained cough or sore throat, you should contact a medical professional and follow Covid-19 guidelines in your area.
Natural Cough Mixture Ingredients
All you need for this quick DIY cough remedy are:
- 1 lemon
- Natural runny honey – it must be proper honey!
- A bottle of glycerin.
Glycerin’s a brilliant natural remedy for everything from broken nails to hard heels. AND it’s the secret ingredient in those super sized bubbles you see street entertainers blowing! Who knew?
You can get it over the counter at a chemist or pharmacy.
But the key is really the honey and lemon which both have natural antibiotic and antiseptic powers. The honey has been shown to be the most effective ingredient available to sooth the throat and prevent persistent coughing. (N.B. Honey should not be given to babies.)
Making Natural Cough Mixture
To make the cough mixture, just squeeze out your lemon and pour the juice into a jar.
Then add equal parts of runny honey and glycerin, i.e. add as much of each as you got juice out of your lemon. Heat it very slightly over a pan of water or in the microwave. And mix it all up.
And there you go! Instant sore throat relief.
It will keep in the fridge for 2 or 3 day, but I tend just to make small amounts daily as we need it. One super useful hack is to squeeze lemon juice into an ice cube tray and freeze the lemon juice so you always have small quantities of fresh lemon juice to hands for both natural remedies and cooking.
I do hope this quick DIY natural cough remedy works for you and your family. Don’t forget to save for later.
And for more simple natural remedies follow me on Pinterest and check out these posts:
- Natural Remedies For Sore Throats
- Natural Remedies For UTI Infections
- Natural Remedies for Headaches
- Natural Remedies for Stomachache
- Natural Remedies for Warts & Verrucas
- Natural Remedies for Lice & Nits