Grandma’s Natural Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

homemade cough syrup

(originally written by Crystal)

So, I’ve done a few posts on natural cold remedies recently. Homemade vapor rub & shower soothers. You should be able to tell now that this time of the year is the worst on my family’s sinuses. In any cold fighting arsenal, you need something to treat that cough. So, I wanted to share with you my Great Grandma’s homemade cough syrup. She used it on all of her kids, grand-kids, and on me…and now I make it myself. It’s so-so-so simple with just 3 all-natural cough busting ingredients.

Olive Oil: Making a homemade cough syrup using olive oil will help you combat your cough as well as reduce reduce inflammation in the throat.


Honey: Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep. You can use any type of honey you have on hand though.

Lemon: Because everyone knows that lemon & honey is the one of the best throat soother combinations.

grandma's homemade cough syrup


  • 3/4 cup raw organic honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 lemons – juiced


Add all ingredients to a small pot over medium heat until steaming. Remove from the heat & let it cool. Place it into a mason jar or other container with a tight fitting lid. Store it in the fridge for 3 months, or on the counter top for 1.5 months.


  • Use by the teaspoon or tablespoon, as needed.
  • Stir & warm before using
  • Use as soon as you feel a cold coming on.
  • Also great for allergies

Crystal is a Southern food & mom blogger who lives in North Carolina. She likes to to share recipes, ideas, & more that are budget friendly. You can find more of her posts on her blog Mrshappyhomemaker.