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Homemade Cough Syrup

Got a sore, scratchy throat? According to a study published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, researchers concluded that buckwheat honey can be very helpful for soothing throat issues. Specifically, they found that during the night, kids had fewer (and less severe) coughing episodes when they took it before bed.

In the study, both the kids AND THEIR PARENTS got more sleep with this simple home remedy than any other way – who doesn’t need THAT?

So what’s so special about buckwheat honey? Made by bees who gather primarily from white buckwheat blossoms, this unique, molasses colored honey is incredibly rich in antioxidants and other compounds that support healing.

However, other types may be beneficial as well – in folk medicine, all varieties are considered to be helpful. It’s also possible to increase the antioxidant content of lighter-colored honey by infusing it with herbs like echinacea, elderberry or acerola cherry.

The easy “go to” recipe below blends honey with soothing extra-virgin olive oil and astringent lemon juice/apple cider vinegar, and it’s super easy to make.

Soothing Homemade Cough Syrup

Got a sore, scratchy throat? Here's an easy "go to" recipe to soothe irritation – you only need three ingredients to make it. Not recommended for babies under 1 year-old.

  • ¾ cup organic buckwheat honey (organic raw honey and local honey will also work)

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 2-4 tbsp organic lemon juice Or raw apple cider vinegar

  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (Optional – Cayenne contains capsaicin, which helps reduce discomfort by influencing Substance P – a chemical pain transmitter)


  • Mix all ingredients together in a clean jar.

  • To use, simply give it a good stir and serve either at room temperature or gently warmed.

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