With fall allergy season upon us and winter on the way, it’s time to think about natural remedies for coughs and colds. Most people know the comforting power of a cup of hot tea with honey and lemon, but you can take it a step further with this recipe from the Organic Consumers Association. This cough syrup is drug-free, effective, and safe for children 2 years and older. *Don’t use honey for children under 2 years old.*
Honey Lemon Cough Syrup
1 pint honey
Put the honey in a pan on the stove over low heat. *Make sure not to let it boil, because it will change the honey’s medicinal properties.*
Boil the whole lemon in a second pan of water for about 3 minutes to loosen the skin and kill any germs on the outside. When it’s cool enough to handle, cut it into slices and add it to the honey. Let the mixture cook on low heat for about 1 hour.
Strain out the lemon and seeds, let the honey cool, and pour into a jar with a lid and refrigerate.
In the refrigerator, this will keep for about 2 months. For longer storage life, you can add 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin.
This syrup may be used up to four times a day. For children 25-50 pounds, use ½ teaspoon. For children 50 pounds or more, use 1 teaspoon. Adults should take 1 tablespoon.