This homemade cough syrup with apple cider vinegar is a miracle drink, in my opinion. After suffering from a cough so severe that my doctor ordered a chest x-ray, I made this drink and my cough started to clear up the same day.
After a recent family trip to New York City, I returned home with a niggling cough. No big deal. Except after a couple of days, that niggling cough turned into the worst sore throat and hacking cough that I’ve ever had in my life.
I’m not kidding when I say that my coughing fits were so bad that they made me throw up and gave me the most miserable headache to boot. After a quick doctors visit, I was prescribed some cough medicine, a few different inhalers, and a chest x-ray (the doctor was concerned I had pneumonia.)
Turns out I didn’t have pneumonia (thank goodness.) But it also turns out that all of the medication I was prescribed actually made my cough even worse.
So I decided to concoct my own homemade cough remedy using ingredients I already had at home, like apple cider vinegar, honey, and some different spices.
As I was mixing everything together, I realized how absolutely revolting it was going to taste (just being honest, haha!) But with my knowledge of the healing powers of various herbs and spices, I had a feeling that I was on to something good.
(In case you’re wondering why I didn’t start with this homemade cough remedy as opposed to visiting the doctor, I honestly thought my cough was too bad for it to work. I now know how stupid that was. I suffered for days unnecessarily!)
I’ll tell you now, this homemade cough syrup is going to be my go-to anytime I or anyone I know has a cough or cold. This stuff really is a miracle drink.
After sipping on this drink throughout the day, my cough was noticeably better. And that night, I was able to sleep through the entire night without waking up every hour with a coughing fit.
Fair warning – it doesn’t taste the best. The flavors are incredibly strong, and it’s not something that you should just down in one big swig.
I recommend having about 3 tablespoons full initially, and then taking very small sips of this during the day. I also wouldn’t give it to very young children (I doubt they’d drink it anyway!) If you have a little one who is suffering from a cough or congestion, check out this baby-safe essential oil blend.
Without further ado, here is the recipe for my miracle homemade cough syrup!
Miracle Homemade Cough Syrup
- 4 tablespoons of filtered water
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of honey (preferably local, organic honey but if you don’t have that, any honey is fine)
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Place all ingredients in a mason jar.
Close lid tightly and shake until combined.
Drink 3 tablespoons of the liquid to start off with, then sip small amounts during the day.