Homemade sweet lemon honey thyme cough syrup is a wonderful cough medicine that will help you or your kids stop coughing the next time you come down with a cold. What I love the best about this remedy is that I can make it quickly with a handful of simple ingredients found in my pantry or backyard!
Can you believe it? My crew is down with yet another cold! They’re getting better only to leave the house and pick up the next little thing they come across. I swear. I’m just about ready to put ourselves in quarantine for the rest of the year. If folks are too inconsiderate to stay home when they’re exhibiting cold symptoms, well then I’m going to have to do the staying home myself.
I’m flirting with coming down with this cold myself. I have the early symptoms they all had, but they aren’t getting any worse. Could it be the tablespoon full of elderberry syrup I’m taking a few times a day since I noticed them coming on? I’d like to think yes.
The rest of the sick ones have a dry cough with this cold. It’s pitiable when they get on a jag during the nighttime in particular. So I’ve made them a little cough syrup with a few ingredients I have lying around. It’s the least I could do and it’s so simple that it feels like just as much work to write it on my to-do list and check it off when I’m done as it does to actually make the syrup!
A couple of winters ago when we were sick, myself included, we thoroughly enjoyed a homemade honey lemon sore throat and cough syrup. This year, however, I’ve given it a power boost by mixing in an infusion (tea) made from fresh thyme leaves. Fresh homegrown thyme leaves, I might add. See, these are the important garden herbs that we should be having in our backyard. (Sorry. Super excited I was actually able to grow some thyme this year. And my chickens didn’t kill two of the plants in their dust bathing this summer.)
Thyme works great for a cough! Thyme calms muscles spasms making it a wonderful addition to any cough medicine. The lemon & honey are ever SO soothing to the raw, sore throat! I don’t normally keep ginger root, though I should, which is a shame because it would make a fine addition to this syrup working to help with either the congestion or the upset stomach from the drainage that accompanies a cold.
The only question that remains is, “Is it palatable?”
Um. Heck yeah! But don’t take my word for it. Let’s just take a look at my sticky kitchen floors from the sick children sneaking in the fridge and self “medicating” when I’m not looking. That should be all the testimony you need!
Don’t have fresh thyme?? No problem! You can also purchase dried, organic thyme leaves and use them instead.
Sweet Lemon Honey Thyme Homemade Cough Syrup for Adults and KidsPrint
- Place the lemon in the pint jar and cover with the honey. The honey will macerate the lemons and draw out liquids which taste so delicious!
- Meanwhile, toss the thyme leaves into a saucepan and cover them with the water.
- Bring the water to a gentle simmer and reduce it to half, about a cup of tea.
- When the tea is reduced and cooled a bit, strain the sprigs & leaves, add it into the pint jar and stir it well.
- Give it a shake and use a spoonful as needed.
- Store your homemade cough syrup in the refrigerator for about a month.
- Prep Time: 7