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12 Natural Homemade Cough Medicine Recipes That Work (#1 Has Whiskey)

Next time you start to feel a tickle in your throat, head straight to the kitchen for some natural homemade cough medicine. Not only is the DIY route safer, it’s also more affordable than cough medicine you get over the counter. Those are full of synthetic drugs that don’t help your cough, might be harmeful and are expensive. And do any of those have whiskey? No! 🙂


Why are over-the-counter cough medicines not good?

What is it exactly about chemical syrups that make them the last thing your hand should reach out for? Studies show that consumption of over the counter cough medicine can cause more harm than good in the long run.

It’s been confirmed that the 2 most common cough syrup ingredients, Dextromethorphan and Diphenhydramine, don’t exactly improve cough condition significantly, rather they just slow down mucus production so you think that there is an improvement. This is primarily the reason why the all-natural route is still far better when dealing with coughs and cold.

Why are all-natural herbal homemade cough medicines better?

Herbal remedies are more effective in dealing with problem, not just masking it.

Why spend money on cough medicine when you can easily whip up a cure using ingredients you already have in your home? Create your own all-natural remedies and become much healthier with homemade cough medicine recipes!

Many people swear by coconut, tea, honey, and lemon as the ultimate cough remedy, but did you know that there’s actually scientific truth behind this age-old remedy?

Turns out these ingredients aren’t just great for soothing a sore throat; they’re also amazing at nursing a bad cough. Tea relaxes and calms the body, honey fights off bacteria with its antibacterial properties, while lemon boosts the immune system and gets the body back into fighting shape.

Combine these basic ingredients with other herbs and spices and you’ve got yourself a holistic cure for just about any type of cough. What’s even better is that you can mix and match different ingredients to suit your personal taste. You can finally say goodbye to the boring old cough syrup that you grew up with.

Is whiskey good for cough and sore throat?

Yes, it is! Not only does the alcohol in whiskey relieve many of the symptoms of coughs and colds, especially sore throat, it’s also antiviral. But when mixed with honey and healthy squeeze of lemon juice mixed into warm water, a teabag and couple of whole cloves, you have quite a healthy combination that will provide instant and ongoing help with your cough!

Top homemade natural cough syrup recipes

natural whiskey homemade cough medicineSweet Whiskey Cough Syrup


  • 1 cup organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 2 cups whiskey
  • 1 cup raw honey


Add all vinegar, brown sugar, and honey in a small pan. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take pan off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in the whiskey and store in an airtight container. Keep in the refrigerator. Take 2 tablespoons whenever you start to feel under the weather.

Drowsy Cowboy Whiskey Cough Syrup


  • ½ cup water
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon whiskey
  • chamomile, elderflower


In a small bowl, mix all liquid ingredients until you get a syrup. You can add more honey if the whiskey is too strong for your taste. Add herbs like chamomile and/or elderflower to flavor and garnish. Transfer mixture to an amber bottle and take 1 tablespoon whenever needed.

Fast-Acting Cough Syrup


  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish powder
  • ½ cup raw honey


Mix all ingredients in a small plastic bowl. Take 1 – 2 tablespoons whenever you want to clear your sinuses. If the horseradish and garlic comes off too strong, stir in more honey according to taste.

Sage Dream Cough Syrup


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves
  • freshly squeezed juice from 1 lemon
  • ½ cup raw honey


Add sage leaves to the boiling water and steep tea for 3 minutes. Strain the solution and add the lemon and honey. Add more honey if you want a thicker syrup. Add syrup to freshly brewed tea whenever you need to soothe your throat.

Herb Medley Cough Syrup


  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup honey
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup freshly grated ginger root
  • ¼ cup marshmallow root
  • ¼ cup dried chamomile flowers
  • 1 tablespoon organic cinnamon


Boil herbs in water for 30 minutes. Allow to cool before straining the solution. Add honey and lemon juice to the herbal solution. Make sure to stir the syrup well. Store the cough syrup in a clean airtight container and keep away from direct sunlight. Recommended dosage is one teaspoon for children and one tablespoon for adults.

Honey Coconut Cough Syrup


  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons food grade coconut oil
  • ¼ cup raw honey


Mix all ingredients in a small pan. Keep pan over low heat until the coconut oil melts. If the syrup is too thick for your taste, you can add hot water or freshly brewed tea little by little until you get the consistency you want. Store syrup in a clean airtight container and keep in the refrigerator. Make sure to warm the syrup to melt the coconut oil before ingesting.

Zesty Lemon Cough Syrup


  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon zest
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup raw honey


Pour water into a small saucepan. Add lemon zest and ginger powder. Bring herbal solution to a boil. Strain and set aside. Heat honey in the same saucepan until it softens. Make sure that it doesn’t get to a boil. Add herbal solution and lemon juice. Stir well until you get a thick syrup consistency. Pour syrup into a clean jar and keep refrigerated. Recommended dosage is one to two teaspoons for children every 2 hours and  one to two tablespoons for adults every 4 hours.

Peppermint Twist Cough Syrup


  • ½ cup whiskey
  • ¼ cup peppermint schnapps
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup raw honey


Mix honey and lemon in a cup. Add whiskey and peppermint schnapps. Make sure to stir the syrup well. add a tablespoon of this syrup to freshly brewed tea whenever you feel like you need a quick cough remedy and a good night’s sleep for adults.

Butter Beer Cough Syrup


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ½ cup raw honey


Take all ingredients and mix them all in a pan. Heat for 5 minutes until you get a gooey syrup mixture. Store in a small airtight container and take 1 teaspoon whenever you need a quick pick me up.

Onion Honey Cure Cough Syrup


  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 2 cups raw honey


Place onions in a small plastic bowl. Add honey and let it to sit overnight. Make sure to cover the bowl. Strain the solution and keep in an airtight container. Take 1 teaspoon of this syrup if you want a quick cure to dry cough.

Lemon Sugar Cough Syrup


  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon


Mix lemon juice and sugar in a pan. Make sure to keep the heat low and stir consistently until you get a syrupy consistency. Allow to cool to room temperature. Transfer syrup into a clean amber bottle. Recommended dosage is 1 teaspoon whenever you start to feel a tickle in your throat. Children love it and it’s also good for adults.

Peppermint Ginger Cure Cough Syrup


  • 1 cup organic molasses
  • 1 teaspoon food grade peppermint essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder


Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Transfer syrup to an airtight jar and store in a cool dry place. Take 1 teaspoon every 4 hours to experience fast relief from coughing.

Here are some articles with information about getting rid off different types of coughs and colds.

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