Cold and flu season is in full swing and that brings sore throats and coughs of all kinds. I don’t know about you, but I become a big ol’ baby when I have a sore throat. Aside from intestinal illnesses, there is nothing that sidelines me more than a sore throat.
Coughs drive me batty as well. Especially since they are such sleep interrupters. You are sick, you need rest, and all you can do is cough, cough, cough the night away.
I try to prepare as many natural remedies for illness as possible in my own kitchen. I like having full control over ingredients as well as being able to create something that is a palate pleaser. Who likes to choke down nasty tasting medicine when they are sick?
It has taken a lot of tinkering over the years, but this past August, I finally nailed a tonic that soothes sore throats AND stops any kind of cough imaginable. An added bonus is that my 5 1/2 year old, the one with the strong gag reflex, not only loves the taste but keeps it down as well. Traditional thick cough syrup recipes have not worked for her at all. Down they go and 5 seconds later up they come.
This sore throat and cough soother has a little kick to it but honestly, we all love the taste over here. And it works QUICKLY! Before we get to the recipe, let’s chat about the herbs I use so you know what you are getting yourself into. And please remember, I am not a medical practitioner nor do I play one on this site. This recipe is what has worked for my family. Please consult your trusted medical practitioner before giving it to your children or yourself.
Sore Throat and Cough Soothing Syrup Herbal Lineup
This sweet smelling herb has a calming effect on the entire body and can bring about relaxation which is important when illness makes it tough to sleep. It is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and acts as a pain reliever. It can also help break up and move excess mucus along. This is a very versatile herb and it really works well for all illness.
This herb offers a double whammy, both soothing a sore throat and kicking coughs to the curb. It is a calcium-rich mucilaginous herb used historically to soothe and heal mucus membranes, including the lungs. When you have a cough, you want this herb to work its magic soothing the irritation/inflammation in the respiratory organs.
This herb is great when a cough is accompanied by congestion. This is one of the most delicious and tasty herbs for cough. Thus, it has been given the name “sweet root” for good reason. It treats coughs, sore throats, and an inflamed bronchial tract. Licorice root acts as an expectorant, antitussive, or cough suppressant, and anti-inflammatory.
Not only does ginger soothe throat inflammation that causes the cough, it can help treat the underlying illness as well. It is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory herb that has long been used in lung/chest clearing combos and sore throat syrups.
This herb is warming and soothing which makes it great for both coughs and sore throats. It is antibacterial, antispasmodic, and also works to boost the immune system. It has a wonderful taste that most children love! A word of caution – cinnamon can lower blood sugar when consumed in large amounts. If you struggle with blood sugar issues, cut the cinnamon down by half (or more if you have a negative reaction).
So how do you make this wonderful sore throat and cough soothing syrup? Let me show you how simple it is!
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1/4 cup dried chamomile
- 1/4 cup marshmallow root
- 1/4 cup licorice root
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon chips
- 3/4 cup raw honey (you can use less but the honey helps cut the spice from the ginger and cinnamon. Plus it is great at soothing an irritated throat.)
- In a small pot, bring the water to a boil.
- Add the herbs, reduce heat, and simmer for an hour.
- After an hour, strain the liquid into a large mason jar. Be sure to press all the liquid out of those herbs. The most powerful medicine is in those wet herbs!
- Add in the 3/4 cup of raw honey.
- You can either stir the mixture until the honey is dissolved or you can put the lid on and shake it up.
- After the honey is dissolved completely, remove the lid and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.
- For children over 5, you can just let them get a big swig as needed. A swig is probably about a shot glass full – so 1 ounce.
- For children under 5, I would try one teaspoon at a time.
- Because this has raw honey, it is not advisable to give it to children under one year of age.
You can turn this cough and throat soother into a tea by using the same amounts of herbs and honey and increasing the water to 8 cups total. Prepare it the same way. It keeps in the fridge for about 7 days but is most potent on days 1 and 2.
Where can you find the herbs to make these preparations? I get most of my herbs from my affiliate partner Mountain Rose Herbs. I also love the Frontier brand and Starwest Botanical brand available from Amazon, another affiliate partner.
Will you try this recipe? Please report back and let me know how much your wee ones liked it!