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 my e-book 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 helps to relieve 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

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30 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.

  12. haso says:

    Thanks for useful information.God bless you.

  13. Francis Zulu says:

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  14. Aren says:

    I like your page

  15. Sophy says:

    pls can this mixture be given to a child of eight (8) months old?

  16. mahmoud salahuddin says:

    pls’ can this mixture be given to allergic persons?

    • Jenny says:

      If you know you have allergy to one or more of the listed ingredients, then don’t take it and find another recipe that doesn’t contain the potential allergen. Why take any risk?

  17. amrah says:

    Can i apply these all kind of syrups on kids and in how much quantity of syrups for kids .

    • Jenny says:

      Because it contains honey, it can be given to kids over the age of one year old and not before that. Honey can contain spores of a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which can germinate in a baby’s immature digestive system and cause infant botulism. These spores are usually harmless to adults and children over 1 year old, because the microorganisms normally found in the intestine keep the bacteria from growing. Take a teaspoon of the syrup every couple of hours until symptoms are relieved.

  18. Jackie says:

    Thanx I will try it out.

  19. carol Stansbury says:

    I had braces put on one month ago.Two days ago came down with horrible soar throat diarrhea and now it is a cold with a cough. I have a horrible bad taste, like metalic or bitter, I just made the recipe for Golden Honey Mixture and took the first dose. Do you have any ideas for this bad taste that will not go away.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Carol, I just recently wrote an article about Bitter Taste in Mouth: Causes and Treatments. One of the causes for bad taste in mouth that is mentioned there is having an infection. Infections can change how your taste buds react and cause a bitter or bad taste in your mouth. Very often people who suffer from the cold or flu complain that food tastes bitter and sour. This happens because of an immune reaction in the body which affects sensitivity to bitter taste. I’ve mentioned there a study that helps to explain why everything usually tastes bad when we are sick. I believe that once you recover from your cold, your sense of taste will go back to normal, but it may takes several days.

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