People today tend to take pharmaceutical products even when they feel slightest pain in the body. Cough is surely one really annoying condition, but did you know that the cough syrup that we find in the pharmacies contain some ingredients that can actually worsen our health?
This is especially true for the young ones who are more vulnerable to the side effects of cough syrup.
So, even if you don’t have time for yourself it is recommended to use a natural alternative to the cough syrup found in the stores for your kids. The preparation of this natural cough syrup is easy and it takes only few simple ingredients and a short period of time to prepare them.
Let’s take a look at the benefits that some natural foods that are used in homemade cough syrups bring.
Honey is one of the foods in the nature used by people from all over the world since ancient times. Today, it is scientifically proven that honey has strong antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Honey alone has been used as an efficient way to reduce and eliminate coughs and in many cases this food is much more effective than OCT cough medicine.
In addition, honey has strong anti-allergic properties too. According to many studies, consummation of a couple of teaspoons of organic honey on a daily basis before the pollen season starts will improve the immune system and help it cope with pollen more easily.
There is a good chance that you have already used lemon juice as a remedy, but maybe you didn’t know that lemon juice is good for coughs. Lemon juice is known for its ability to improve the immune system and it also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Many people claim that lemon juice helped them with their stuffy nose. Apparently, lemon juice can clear sinuses and allow people to breathe freely again.
On the other hand, besides its health benefits, lemon is used as ingredient in remedies for inflammations, against cancer, as ingredient of the most famous ayurvedic tea, the best ingredient for weight loss and body detox. And remember, never throw away lemon zest.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid – an acid known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. In addition, this oil also contains large amounts of antioxidants. That’s why coconut oil is used for prevention of colds by improving the immune system.
From the moment the symptoms of cold have reached their maximum, coconut oil is used to reduce the period of sickness and it can provide some amazing results in a combination with honey-lemon water or tea. Simply mix these ingredients and you will produce a syrup that will improve your immune system and that will help you ease the coughs and sore throat in a short period of time.
Honey, Lemon & Coconut Oil – Natural Cough Syrup Recipe
- 1/4 cup of organic honey
- 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Mix all these ingredients in a small saucepan and slowly heat them until the coconut oil becomes melted. Take one spoon of warm syrup. You can also use tea or hot water to create a liquid mixture with the syrup.
Leave it until the syrup is cooled down and the coconut oil becomes hard. Before you use it make sure you gently warm it. This cough syrup can last for a month if it is kept in a fridge.