Grandma’s Homemade Cough Syrup

Homemade cough syrup with just 3 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Great for 12 months old to adult!


So, I’ve done a few posts on natural cold remedies recently.  Homemade vapor rub & shower soothers. You should be able to tell now that this time of the year is the worst on my family’s sinuses.

In any cold fighting arsenal, you need something to treat that cough.  So, I wanted to share with you my Great Grandma’s homemade cough syrup.  She used it on all of her kids, grand-kids, and on me…and now I make it myself.  It’s so-so-so simple with just 3 all-natural cough busting ingredients.

My Grandma's 3-Ingredient Homemade Cough Syrup recipe, perfect for cold season! I love this natural cold remedy! | @thathousewife #homemadecoughsyrup #homemade #natural

Olive Oil: Making a homemade cough syrup using olive oil will help you combat your cough as well as reduce reduce inflammation in the throat.

Honey:  Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep. You can use any type of honey you have on hand though.

Lemon: Because everyone knows that lemon & honey is the one of the best throat soother combinations.

Homemade Cough Syrup - Just 3 Simple Natural Ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

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Grandma's Homemade Cough Syrup


  • ¾ cup raw organic honey
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 lemons - juiced


  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl & whisk to combine. Heat over low heat until steaming when ready to use. Remove from the heat & let it cool.
  • Store it in a mason jar or other container with a tight fitting lid. Store it in the fridge for 3 months, or on the counter top for 1.5 months.

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