The worst part of a bad chest cold is probably the feeling of congestion you get in your chest, and there’s only so much vaporub you can apply.
Fortunately, there’s a simple homemade syrup that can help clear up congestion! It’s easy to make, kid- friendly, and even pretty tasty to boot.
Try this home remedy the next time you notice yourself or your kids coughing up phlegm – it’ll help decrease inflammation and clear out your lungs so you can get a good night’s rest and beat the cold.
Homemade Syrup Recipe
- 1 tbsp marshmallow root
- 1 tbsp flax seed
- 1 tbsp sage
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 quart water
- 1 cup raw organic honey
Add the water and honey to a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients, turning the heat down to low, and let the mixture steep for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture after removing it from the heat and take a tablespoon of syrup three times daily.
How It Works
Marshmallow root is an herb used to treat swelling and inflammation in the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. It’s also good for treating coughs, which is why it’s a common ingredient in lozenges and cough syrups(1). It has a mild, pleasant flavor that makes this syrup not only effective, but tasty as well. In addition to being great for congestion and coughs, it can also aid digestion, which is important any time you’re struggling with an illness.
Chock-full of vitamin C to give your immune system a much-needed boost, lemons are the perfect ingredient for any home cold or flu remedy.
Oil from flax seeds is a mild anti-inflammatory that is also safe in high doses(2). Anti-inflammatories are important when you’re dealing with a persistent cough, as they can ease throat irritation and make your throat and chest less sore.
A staple of any home cough remedy, honey has been proven to be just as effective as commercial over-the-counter cough syrups and cold medicines. In fact, when tested in clinical trials, it was proven that honey was considered favorable by most parents to cough syrups, and could help dramatically improve the quality of sleep in children suffering from the common cold(3).
The medicinal ingredients in this syrup are easily found in most grocery stores or health food stores – and this easy-to-make technique yields enough syrup to get you through even the most persistent of colds.