There’s nothing worse than staying up all night holding a feverish child in front of the toilet, hoping for all the phlegm and gunk to finally end. My son has an intolerance to refined sugar, artificial sweeteners and whatever else is in those yummy donuts that we all can’t resist! Thus I’ve had my fair share of sleepless nights over the years, and no amount of Flemeeze and other OTC or prescription meds did much to help. Combination Homeopathic remedies that I usually swear by were also ineffective against his severe mucous build-up. My troubles came to an abrupt and very welcome end when I discovered this 3-ingredient cough syrup recipe that, if given at the first signs of a cough, works after just a single dose – Happy Days!
It takes me 3 minutes to get these ingredients out, make the syrup and pack away again, it’s really that simple!
I just made some tonight after my son began crying from his out-of-nowhere-just-springs-up-on-you fever and wet cough. A Tablespoon of syrup and half a glass of Bicarbonate of Soda later, and he literally stopped coughing and fell of to sleep within minutes.
I’ve made this syrup for friends of mine, and they were all equally thrilled at the results. Best of all is that kids actually find this really tasty, and consider it more a treat than a ‘medicine’!
- 1 organic lemon (conventional just doesn’t pack the same punch)
- 2 Tblsp raw local honey, more to taste as desired
- 1 Tblsp organic extra virgin coconut oil (the naturally scented one gives this a delicious taste)
Juice the lemon and stir in the coconut oil and honey.
- Depending on your desired taste, bearing in mind most kids prefer sweet to tart, the syrup should be sweet enough to cover the sourness of the lemon.
- There are many varieties of honey, depending on the blossoms frequented by the honeybees. Some varieties of honey are sweeter than others. As a general rule of thumb, the darker honeys (eg. Eucalyptus) are sweeter than the lighter ones (eg. Orange Blossom), so the quantity in the recipe will vary depending on what type you have.
- Don’t be afraid to add more honey, as raw local honey is an all round super food that’s great for many ailments, especially on a sore or inflamed throat.
- Keep in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. This syrup will spoil if left out in the open for too long, so always check first before giving it to little ones!
- When using from the fridge, you can allow it stand out in the open until it reaches room temperature. I empty into much smaller glass jars if I know I want to do this, so that I have small, daily portions.
- If using directly from the fridge, the coconut oil will be a solid mass on top of the syrup. You will need to poke through the layer and mix it up again.
- I do not recommend heating the syrup too much as honey loses its beneficial properties when heated. If you must heat, then do this by either placing some syrup in a separate jar immersed in hot water, or heat gently on a stovetop. Do not use a microwave to heat.
Dosage and instructions
- Your discretion is best. These are all safe and natural ingredients that should not produce any side-effects unless there is a sensitivity to the ingredients.
- I give a Tablespoon to my kids at a time, as often as they would like to have it. It soothes the throat, strengthens the immune system and alkalizes the body all in one go, so there really is no overdosing on this.
- Too much of this syrup close to bed-time will leave you feeling too energized to wind down for bed. Not a good idea with little ones.
- This syrup is effective enough for kids and adults alike.
- Do not take before or after consuming any dairy products, as this will induce vomiting!
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