Homemade Cough Syrup

Updated: Oct 11, 2018

This is the ultimate sore throat and cough remedy, that children love the taste of. Learn how to create your own organic syrup that will have your babes up and playing in no time.

The herbs pictured are not the ones used for the syrup

Its fall and before you know it your little ones will be sniffling and coughing. Kingston recently got a cough out of nowhere and I do like giving them store medicine, so I made him an herbal tea which helped a little. He asked me if he could take some cough syrup, so we made our own organic version. To make this organic syrup you will first need organic dried herbs. I used elderberry, Ashwaganda, Ginger, Cinnamon Chips, Honey, Distilled Water, and Apple Cider Vinegar. { You may also had vegetable glycerin, and brandy if you like. )


3 Table Spoons Elderberry Powder

1/4 Cup Ashwaganda Root

1/4 Ounce Ginger Root

2 Table Spoons Cinnamon Chips

3 Cups of Distilled Water


Add distilled water to a stock pot and simmer on low heat for one hour, and stir occasionally.

Pour the mixture through a strainer, and measure the total volume. Return it to the pot and add twice as much honey, based on the measured amount. Stir until the honey dissolves. At this point you can add apple cider vinegar to taste and to help with preservation and/or the vegetable glycerin to retard fermentation. Add enough glycerin to equate 30 percent of the total syrup volume. If you choose to add brandy ( which I didn't) add 10 percent of the total volume. Strain the syrup in through a cheese cloth before storing into dark glass bottles. I placed ours in the fridge to help with shelf life, but it should be fine in a cool cabinet space as well.

*I am happy yo report that 3 days after making this Kingston's cough is not existent so try it and let me know what you think. Also please note that I am not a physician and I am not giving medical advice, should you or your child be sick please seek care from a licensed medical professional.