My lazy gal version of homemade cough syrup contains just one ingredient. Yep, you read that right: one ingredient. The truth is, we reach for over-the-counter remedies because:
1) We’re not aware of a natural alternative.
2) We want something easy and effective.
This homemade cough syrup is incredibly simple and easy. And yes, it’s also an effective alternative to commercial cough syrups.
Sound too good to be true? Not at all! Read on to learn why I love this ingredient for homemade cough syrup.
Why make homemade cough syrup?
Between artificial dyes, alcohol, corn syrup, and all the other ingredients in store bought cough syrup… let’s just say I’m not a huge fan. But avoiding those ingredients by making your own homemade cough syrup is just one benefit.
This one-ingredient homemade cough syrup is actually full of healthy nutrients that are actually beneficial to your body:
- High in vitamin C
- Good source of calcium and magnesium
- Rich in the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain
- One study found this ingredient is effective at suppressing a cough and reducing mucus
Ready to learn my secret ingredient for homemade cough syrup?
My Secret Ingredient for Homemade Cough Syrup
Okay, here it is – the secret, magical ingredient I keep in the house at all times during cold/cough season.
That’s right! It’s delicious and full of nutrients, and just what the body needs when you’re dealing with a cough.
As an awesome side benefit, I never have any trouble at all getting my kids to take this cough syrup alternative. It tastes amazing!
Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe with Pineapple Juice
Note: This homemade cough syrup recipe is not recommended for babies under one year old.
- 1 cup pineapple juice (made fresh if possible — here’s a good recipe for making fresh pineapple juice)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (optional)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)
- pinch of sea salt (optional)
- pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- Blend or stir ingredients together.
- Store in a glass bottle (mason jars or these reusable glass bottles will work if you don’t have any leftover glass bottles around).
- Take 1-3 tablespoons as needed to soothe a cough, cold or sore throat.
Tip: You can also make some throat soothing popsicles with your pineapple juice! Just grab a ice set of stainless steel popsicle molds, pour in your juice, and there you go! Kids (of all ages) will be big fans of these.