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Grandma Barb’s Homemade Cough Syrup…That works!!

Grandma Barb’s Homemade Cough Syrup…That works!!

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I come from a family that uses manmade medicine as a VERY last resort and my grandma Barb is the queen of all things natural, especially natural medicines. She grows her own natural remedy plants in her cute little backyard garden and there is alway some kind of wild homemade tea brewing on the stove.

Whenever anybody in the family has some kind of ailment she is usually the first person we call for a natural cure. She retreats to her bedroom of herbal cures books and comes out with a recipe that always works wonders, like this homemade cough syrup recipe.

Everyone in the family has this homemade cough syrup recipe because it really does work, not to mention it’s natural with just three powerful ingredients; honey, olive oil and lemon juice!

This homemade cough syrup recipe is GREAT for kids over the age of 12 months. Isaac has only had  two colds so far and this recipe does a great job with soothing sore throats and coughing, especially with that nagging night time coughing. There aren’t too many cold medicines on the market for kids under 4 anyway.

My grandmother uses only 1 lemon in her recipe but I like to use as many as I can stand since lemons are so good at combating colds and really helps to balance out the sweetness of the honey. Also my grandmother stores this cough medicine in the refrigerator but I store mine in the cupboards.

Watch me make this homemade cough syrup from start to finish!

4.8 from 4 reviews
Grandma Barb's Homemade Cough Syrup
  • 1½ cups organic raw honey
  • ½ cup organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-5 organic lemons, juiced (the more the better)
  1. Add honey, olive oil and lemon juice to a small pot.
  2. Stir.
  3. Heat over medium heat just until steaming, stirring.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Place into a jar with a lid.
  6. Store in the refrigerator
  7. Take 1 tablespoon warmed as needed.
~TIPS~ Use as soon as you feel a cold coming on. Use as many fresh lemons as you can stand. Stir and warm before using.Use by the teaspoon or tablespoon as needed. Also great for allergies


  1. Ha, I should’ve watched the video before attempting to make this. I knew it was supposed to heat until steaming, but I didn’t notice any steam and then it started boiling. I figured steam had to come before boiling, so took it off the stove then. Now, I definitely know that it is not supposed to boil. Hoping this will help my 4 yr old sleep. She’s been coughing like crazy at the end of whatever illness she has.

  2. How long does your natural cough syrup last in the refrigerator?

  3. please post more home remedies

  4. Black seed oil (nigella sativa) would also be a great ingredient to add to this! I use it for everything from colds to skin care, I also cook with it. and it prevents so many ailments! Try it sometime :-)

  5. Found this on Pinterest. Making it NOW my son has a horrible cough.

  6. The syrup taste very good but I am not sure what do you mean by “Take 1 Tblsp. as needed” ? is that every time you cough or every 2-4 hrs for days? Please help clarify this. many thanks for this natural syrup, and I hope it work for me. Tks!

  7. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe I just made it for my mom and it’s looking great – tastes great too!

  8. This syrup worked within seconds of giving it to my toddler. She wasn’t crazy about the taste but it worked so well that I will never buy over-the-counter again! Plus, it’s all natural ingredients and has no side affects.

  9. when you say take 1 Tbs warmed, how do you prefer to warm it after coming out of the fridge?

  10. This stuff is great but how long does it last?

  11. How do you warm up as needed? And would you recommend storing in the fridge or cupboards?

  12. I made this a few months ago and loved it! But I was wondering how long does this keep for?

  13. Im gonna make this for myself since I currently have a cold but where can i find some raw organic honey or can i just pick up some regular honey from the grocery store

  14. How do you make seafood pasta salad?

  15. Hey, I found this video and I’m so glad I did :) I have a 3 year old toddler who’s been sick for 3 whole days and couldn’t sleep without getting cough attacks in the middle of the night… I tried this and thanks to this he is a WHOLE lot better :) and he can sleep better so I just want to thank you so much girl!!! :)

  16. I just made the homemade cough syrup and it taste great! While at the store the clerk told me to use local honey because the bees are using the same things your allergic to make the honey which will help build your immune system!

  17. I’m gonna make this as soon as possible. Can you show us more homemade medicines that really work? Thank you.

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