Natural Cough Syrup and Home Remedies to Relieve Cough

Most commonly, the main causes of coughs are caused by colds, flu or bronchial tubes allergies. Coughs that cause mucus should not be stopped or suppressed, this is due to it is the body reaction trying to push mucus and bacteria out from the lungs. However, dry coughs without mucus are usually meaningless and only further irritate the bronchial tubes. And be cautious if you are having dry cough and fever, must immediate go for proper check up on Covid-19.

Fast Cough Natural Reliever

Take half a teaspoon of honey and add a few drop of lemon. Let it dissolve slowly in your mouth before
swallowing. Repeat when required.
Caution: Do not give unpasteurized honey to children below two years.

Onion and Honey Syrup

The resins in onions are secretion-loosener and antimicrobial, while honey helps relieve congestion.


  1. Prepare a onion and finely chop to smaller pieces, place them into pot
  2. Pour honey over the onions and cover the pot.
  3. Put on stove and warm over low heat for 40 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator.
  5. Take 1 teaspoon for every 30 minutes until the cough is relieved.

Caution: Do not give unpasteurized honey to children below two years.

Ease a Cough With Peppermint Oil

Peppermint’s strong menthol scent breaks up congestion and helps ease spasmodic coughing. Dab a drop of peppermint oil under your nose. If your skin is sensitive, dilute the oil with an equal amount of vegetable
oil. For young children, place a drop or two of the oil on a pyjama collar or pillow instead of the skin.

Herbal Cough Syrup

Thyme, licorice root, and aniseed loosen mucous congestion and relax the respiratory tract. Honey thins mucous secretions, preserves the syrup, and soothes a raw, irritated throat. For a more potent syrup that can ease spasmodic coughs, try adding wild black cherry bark, which has a powerful sedative action.


  • 2 cups (500 ml) water
  • 1 tbsp aniseed
  • 1 tbsp dried licorice root
  • 1 tbsp dried wild black cherry bark (optional)
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 cup (250 ml) honey


  • Put the aniseed, licorice root and wild black cherry bark in a covered pot and simmer with the hot water for 15 minutes

  • Remove pot from the heat, add the thyme, and cover back the pot, and steep until room temperature. Strain, and add honey, warming the tea gently, if necessary, to dissolve the honey.
  • Transfer to covered glass jar and store in the refrigerator, where you can keep it for three months. Take one teaspoon as often as needed to relieve a cough


Pine Needle Cough Syrup

How fantastic if we can make natural medicine than with the trees or plants around us! Study shows that pine needles, along with most other conifer needles, are rich in vitamin C and can be used as an expectorant for coughs and for chest congestion relief. If honey is added to the syrup, it helps in soothing for a dry and scratchy throat and helping to relieve the cough. Other than pine, the conifer needles you can use instead are hemlock, fir or spruce (CAUTION: only use the coniferous tree hemlock, not the toxic herbaceous plant also by the same name. Pregnant women should not use needles from ponderosa pine.)


  • 1¼ cups (300 ml) water
  • 1 cup (16 g) whole, fresh pine needles
  • ½ cup (120 ml) raw honey


  1. Boil water and pour over pine needles in a pint-sized (473 ml) mason jar. Let the infusion steep and set aside to cool, then strain the needle and add with the honey.
  2. Transfer the syrup to a jar, covered and store in the refrigerator and keep it for 2 to 4 weeks. If you want to increase the shelf life of this syrup, freeze it in a bag or ice tray and then thaw as needed before use.
  3. Take 1 tablespoon (15 ml) every 2 hours as needed to relieve cough, chest tightness, or dry and scratchy throat.
  4. This syrup is safe for children ages 2 and older.

Tip: Beyond being medicinal, this syrup is very delicious and is good to mix into cocktails or cocktails around the festive season.