Various over-the-counter (OTC) cough syrups are available in stores, but they may have negative side effects. However, using honey and other natural ingredients, you can come up with homemade solutions for the common symptoms of a cold, a cough, and even the flu.
Honey is a natural alternative that can soothe a throat that is raw from constant coughing. This sweet and syrupy ingredient is a safer alternative to dextromethorphan, an ingredient often found in cough syrup. Unlike OTC cough syrups, honey doesn't have any harmful side effects. It is even safe to use with children.
Try these three honey-based tonics if you need to treat a chest congestion, a cough, or a sore throat.
This cayenne and honey cough syrup may taste unpleasant, but it's an effective remedy. It can help soothe an irritated throat, and it can also loosen congestion and phlegm in the chest.
Combine all the ingredients and take one to two teaspoons of the cayenne/honey tonic a couple of hours apart to soothe the symptoms of a cough. You can also make the tonic in larger quantities, bottle it, and store it in the refrigerator.
The list of ingredients for this tonic may be unappetizing, but it makes for an effective remedy if you have a chronic cough accompanied by congestion and phlegm. (Related: Homemade Syrup for Reversing Cough and Clearing Phlegm from Lungs.)
The combination of lemon and honey is a classic remedy for a cough. It can also be used to soothe a sore throat. If you're suffering from a minor cough, take this tonic instead of using OTC cough medicine.
Take two tablespoons of the lemon/honey tonic every four hours to ease the symptoms of a cough. The mixture will coat your throat and provide relief. Use the tonic if you have a cough involving throat irritation.
Raw onion juice can help treat a cough.
Depending on the severity of your cough, you can make these natural tonics to relieve your symptoms instead of relying on OTC cough syrups that may contain harmful ingredients and have negative side effects.
Honey is nature's sweetener, and raw honey has various nutritional benefits without the harmful man-made chemicals in other kinds of sweeteners.
You can read more articles about the healing properties of honey and other natural remedies for a cough at Healing.news.