It’s now the season for sickness, where your gross family, friends, and coworkers throw hygiene and manners out the window and start sneezing, coughing, and mouth breathing everywhere you are. You will get sick and then you will turn into one of these germ mongers. It is the circle of life.
Help out your immune system with making a homemade cough and cold syrup that’s full of vitamins, anti-bacterial goodness, and a bunch of other good stuff that will alleviate your symptoms. It’s easy to make at home and you know what all of the ingredients are.
Unlike store-bought cough and cold syrup which has a bunch of sugar and potentially psycho-active ingredients like dextromethorphan and promethazine-codeine that can be abused to get high, or drunk, or whatever the term is for being a loser and overdosing on store-bought cough syrup.
I’ve also taken cough syrup from the store before and other than tasting like crap, it didn’t do a lot for me. I make this homemade syrup and I know I’m not putting bad chemicals in my body and it feels nice in my throat (that’s what she said).
This cough and cold syrup can be used before you’re sick. If you notice a lot of snotty people around you (physically, not behaviourally – otherwise, this syrup won’t work…you need alcohol for that), start taking it to build up your immune system. You can’t do that with cough syrup! If you do, you’ll be basically “abusing” cough syrup and probably now addicted. Yikes. Not a bucket list item.
So what’s in the syrup? Lemon, which is like a citrus superhero. Seriously…what doesn’t a lemon do?! It fights bad guys (bacteria), full of vitamin c, and boosts your immune system. Plus, it smells great. No one ever says, “Ew, that freshly cut lemon stinks”. And ps – if someone ever does, lose my number because you’re crazy.
Coconut oil, which is like the answer for everything in a “natural lifestyle”. It’s full of antioxidants, boosts your immune system and contains lauric acid, which is antibacterial and antiviral. Mic drop.
Cinnamon is optional and you just use a small amount. The main benefit is that cinnamon is antibacterial, which I wrote a bit about in my tooth powder post.
And then finally, raw honey. Why raw? Because it has all the enzymes. Pasteurized honey has been pasteurized and all the good stuff has been killed off. So don’t ever heat raw honey. If you have to, then put it on the lowest temperature setting.
Homemade Cough and Cold Syrup
4 Tbs FRESH lemon juice (don’t even get me started!)
4 Tbs honey
2 Tbs coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
You can put all of the ingredients into a glass jar and stir aggressively, but it’ll be a bit tough to incorporate it. There are a couple ways to get it a bit melty without effing up the honey. In a sauce pan on the lowest setting, melt the coconut oil. Once melted, take it off, add the rest, and stir. Or you can heat up a jar in hot water, put the ingredients in there and stir.
Whatever your method, store the cough and cold syrup in a glass jar. I use mason jars. The coconut oil will most likely solidify. Just warm it up again. Do not put it in the microwave because you’re just going to zap the honey and everything else. Also, do not put the mason jar in a bigger bowl of freshly boiled water as the bottom will blow off. I did this at work already.
This cough and cold syrup should keep for a month in the fridge. I leave mine on the counter and use it up in a few days. If you’re really sick, maybe check out another website called WebMD because I am not a doctor. I do what works for me, but maybe your body is shitty and needs chemicals. Who knows. Also, kids who are younger than 1 year old shouldn’t eat raw honey. Do your research…but keep reading my blog too!