Getting Rid of a Cough

I’ve been feeling a little scratchy lately. It could be that I’ve been painting our new house with incredibly toxic paint to get rid of the horrible smells that ammonia have yet to take care of, or that I’m developing a bit of a sore throat.

In an effort to nip it in the bud (I just love that expression, it’s springtime in a saying) I decided to make my own cough syrup based on a recipe I’ve seen floating around Pinterest for awhile.

I took the base recipe from Good Food Matters, a blog written by a personal chef and food activist. Her writing style is quirky, her photography is beautiful and I love her recipes.

I wanted this recipe to be adapted so it was a little sweeter and a flavor my child recognizes, and I love so that we can all take this if the time comes.

This recipe contains honey. Doctors in the US and UK ask that you do not give honey to children under the age of 1. It’s your house, do what you want, but I need to cover my butt. Thanks.

Cardamom Cough Syrup

cough syrup top

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp cold water

1/4 tea ground ginger

1/4 tea cayenne

1 1/2 tbsp honey

2 whole cardamom pods

Mix all but the last two ingredients together. Now add honey and cardamom pods. Add to your container preference (mine is a small mason jar), give it a good shake and refrigerate for at least an hour. (I find it’s easier to take medicine when it’s cold, especially if you are a toddler…)

In the fridge this lasts up to 3 months. The longer it sits the longer the cardamom have to infuse the syrup. I find a good squeeze of lemon also works really well in this syrup.

cough syrup


About emellt

I love all things food and my plan is to my children feel the same way, one meal at a time. By sharing my recipes, activities and adaptations of others, I hope to get my, and your kids in the kitchen!
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4 Responses to Getting Rid of a Cough

  1. hippyma says:

    Love the sound of this, we usually just do honey & apple cider vinegar, this sounds better, but where do I buy cardamom pods? Thanks!

  2. Carlee says:

    it’s so important to use raw honey too! the honey in the little teddy bears AKA Clove honey is not honeybee honey. The real stuff, can help with all sorts of stuff and it’s best to buy local raw honey, it has been proven if taken like a vitamin to assist with allergies. Great recipe will have to try this next time.

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