DIY Cough Syrup

My family has been one of the lucky ones to get the crud that has been going around lately. My ten year old daughter started with it back in early December. She didn’t have too much of a cold, the majority of the symptoms seemed so go away fairly quickly…except the cough! The nagging cough that kept her up at night and that dragged on during the day. I am more of a natural remedies person and will look for alternative ways to “cure the common cold”.  I don’t like using over the counter drugs, if I can help it, especially cough syrup. I don’t think they work anyway so I started searching for recipes to help my daughter with her cough, especially at night so that she (and the rest of us) could sleep! I found this recipe with essential oils and honey.

If you are not privy on essential oils, here is a tip. There are many, many different companies out there making essential oils, however, they are not all created equal! Be sure you are checking your sources and read up on them. Because essential oils can be used on our bodies, topically, in the air we breathe, aromatically, and in our bodies, by ingestion, you will want your oils pure! You will want to be sure they are free of any contaminates, pesticides, and any additives. You will also want to be sure you are using a therapeutic grade oil, this is an essential oil that aids in providing potent therapeutic benefits. Many of the essential oils out there will claim to be therapeutic grade. However, when you attach “pure” to the label, this oil becomes an oil that is 100% pure therapeutic grade oil that has been tested rigorously and that has high standards of quality control. Through the process of testing and quality control, the essential oils become certified due to the rigorous testing and quality control. This is the essential oil that you should look for: CPTG, which stands for Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. I know for me, I want to use the best, purist, most potent and therapeutic grade essential oils for myself and for my family. I also want to be sure I am buying from a reputable company who harvests their oils from indigenous plants, and the countries that they thrive in.

Back to the cough syrup…I mixed up Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Wild Orange, Clove and Cinnamon with a 1/2 cup of honey. I gave my daughter 1 teaspoon of the cough syrup mixture two times per day, once in the morning and once before she went to bed. The first night I gave it to her before bedtime there was a remarkable decrease in her cough! She was able to sleep (as well as this tired Mom) for the whole night with just a few coughs here and there. I continued giving her cough syrup twice a day and by the third day, she hardly coughed at all, during the day or at night! It worked! And it worked very well! So, when the rest of us started getting this wonderful virus that she brought into our home, I was making this cough syrup by the cupful! My husband was the most recent unfortunate victim to get the virus. Let me tell you, after waking up about every 5-10 minutes because my husband kept coughing right next to me, practically in my ear, I wasn’t too excited to sleep next to him that night! So I got up and mixed up some cough syrup for him and had him take it (I think it was around 1:15am). It worked almost immediately! I was so happy (and so was he)! We both were finally able to sleep peacefully for the rest of the night.

There are alternatives to over the counter drugs that sometimes have worse side effects than benefits. This alternative I am happy to share!