Easy and Effective Homemade Syrup to Relieve Sore Throat and Cough

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A sore throat is normally a symptom of a bacterial or viral infection, such as the common cold. Other symptoms may accompany the sore throat, such as a runny nose, a headache, muscle aches, a cough and inflammation (redness and swelling) in your throat.

The good thing is that you don’t have to run to the pharmacy to treat cough and sore throat. You know that I’m a big fan on natural remedies, and with the following 3 available ingredients in any kitchen – onion, ginger and honey, you can treat it yourself. So if you are interested in natural and herbal remedies, you can find more useful information in the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.

Onions contain chemical compounds such as phenolics, flavonoids and quercetin that research shows to have potential anti-inflammatory, anti viral and antioxidant properties.The active ingredient of fresh ginger is called gingerol, and is known to have a powerful anti inflammatory properties as well. Honey also has effective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, that help to relieves cough and soothes sore throat.

Syrup Recipe to Relieve Cough and Sore Throat

4 tbsp quality honey (the best is Manuka honey)
1 onion, chopped
3 cm fresh ginger, grated

Pour the honey into a bowl and add the chopped onion and grated ginger. Leave the mixture overnight or at least for 6 hours. During this time the active ingredients in the onions and ginger will be released and absorbed in the honey.

How to use it? Take a teaspoon of the honey (you can remove the onion and ginger) every couple of hours until symptoms are relieved.

For another excellent syrup recipe for chest infections click on the following link:

Garlic Syrup Recipe for Chest Infections



17 Responses to Easy and Effective Homemade Syrup to Relieve Sore Throat and Cough

  1. Seema nadaf says:

    I liked d remedy for sore throat and cough . Will surely try it

  2. Christian says:

    So are you supposed to take the onion and ginger out? How long do you leave it in?

    • Jenny says:

      You leave the onion and ginger overnight or at least for 6 hours. During this time the active ingredients in the onions and ginger will be released and absorbed in the honey. After the onion and ginger have finished doing their job, you don’t need them any more, so you can take them out and consume only the honey.

  3. Marjorie says:

    I find using garlic for a cold is good too…..
    Also, do you have to take ginger and onion out or can you leave them in?

  4. Jenny says:

    You can leave them in if you want or strain them. After being in the honey the whole night they have done their job and their properties are now infused into the honey.

  5. Margaret Crawford says:

    Can you store the syrup and how long

    • Jenny says:

      Honey works as a natural preservative so you can keep it in a cool dry place in an airtight container and it will last for a very long time, but since the amount in the recipe is relatively small, you will anyway finish it relatively quickly.

  6. Nura kani gaya says:

    Wonderful i cherish the simple method.

  7. mina says:

    Can one use dry ginger?

    • Jenny says:

      The method used to create ground ginger from fresh ginger reduces the amount of gingerol which is one of the active ingredients that contributes to its health properties, but even ground ginger still offers up plenty of health benefits and is definitely worth adding to your diet if you cannot get fresh one. As a rule, you need a larger quantity of fresh herbs and spices in recipes than you do for dried or ground ones, so if you use ground ginger, reduce the amount of it by about a half.

  8. janie says:

    I like using home type recipes.Please excuse my ignorance but in normal everyday terms how much of fresh ginger do I use when making the syrup .. when the recipe calls for cm. I have a problem understanding metric and the new measurements.I really enjoy your website….Janie.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Janie, the recipe says 3 cm fresh ginger. This is slightly more than an inch. It doesn’t have to be an exact measurement. You can just take a small ginger piece slightly smaller than the size of your small finger and use it.

  9. nick says:

    i tried it and really helped me in my cough. tnx for sharing. God bless!

  10. tek rai says:

    Hi . Thanks for a suggestion. Ofcource I will try make and have it..

  11. Hayley says:

    Do you keep mixture overnight in fridge? Thanks.

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