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


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!

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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!

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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. says

    Tried it out of desperation yesterday,had the flu and was coughing and hacking all night long.,couldn’t even lie down. Regular cough medicine tastes horrible and didn’t help anyway.So I got some honey ,oil and lemon ,made a batch and had a couple of spoonfuls before turning in ,all I know is I slept all night after using it it

  2. travail says

    i tried this and works great. i have been suffering from a hernia and caught the flu. i was coughing so badly and with each cough it felt like a knife going into my abdomen. thought for sure before night was over i would be going to emergency. i took two spoonfuls at first. it didnt work. tried another 2. still didnt work. tried one more time with another two and went out like a light. slept rest of night without a cough. its hbp friendly also. my sons are out of town with same flu and i needed to get to them the next day and help. i was worried that if this happens while im driving it could be bad. by morning it was still working i could feel no irritation in my throat. making a batch for each of them now and another for me to use on way. thank you so much!

  3. Heather says

    Help! After I made this wonderful cough syrup my oil separated to the top. Did I cook it too long maybe?? It still tastes good but it doesn’t look like the beautiful pint you made in the video.

  4. Sharon says

    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.

  5. Iman says

    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 :-)

  6. Clara says

    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. Diana says

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

  8. Audria Lewis says

    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.

    • Chris says

      I think the writer wrote she stores hers in the cupboard but her grandmother kept in the fridge. I have to agree with the cupboard option as olive oil won’t hold well in the fridge.

  9. Deshonda says

    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

  10. Jessica says

    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!!! :)

  11. says

    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!

    • sandra says

      My grandmother also made homemade cough syrup….but she kicked it up a notch to also allow us to sleep

      Natural Honey
      Organic lemons
      Bourbon !! yes bourbon
      also, my great grandmother made the same recipe but she also added crushed horehound candy.
      The only place that I know you can find this is Cracker Barrel…or online. When I was little my grandmother couldn’t locate the candy so I’ve never had it like that. My Grandfather was a chemist so she would put the medicine in Pyrex test tubes (5 for all the grand kids) and stick in a coffee cup. She would then mark how much and when to take it. We would serve ourselves. Its really good so we didn’t follow those instruction too well. So then she had 5 grand kids fast asleep…and not coughing…lol… This REALLY works.

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