Sick Bug Banishing Homemade Throat Tonic + Cough Syrup Recipes

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bphotoart-sick-bug-banishing-homemade-recipes-I sit here in the house, on New Year’s Eve, thinking that this is kind of ironic. One of goals I had been contemplating for 2015? Take better care of myself. And this morning I woke up without a voice. So, instead of rambling on about my New Year’s resolutions, I figured it would be better to cut to the chase and share some home remedies that seem to be helping my sore throat and sad vocal chords.

The first thing I did, when I felt this sore throat coming on, was to whip up a batch of homemade cough syrup. I found a recipe a while back, maybe from, but this is my own improvised take. If you research natural remedies online, you’ll find that honey performs just as well as over the counter cough syrup. And the spices and garlic have natural properties that can help your body get better sooner. It may not taste nice, but it definitely coats my throat, and loosens up any congestion.

Homemade Honey Cough Syrup


  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/8 c. olive oil
  • 1/8 c. warm water
  • 1 T. cayenne pepper
  • 1 T. ground cinnamon
  • 1 T. ground ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed


Mix the first three ingredients together in a mason jar. Then add the spices and combine well. Finally, stir in the garlic clove. You can use this right away, or wait until the garlic infuses into the concoction. Take by the spoonful, as needed.

Note: this cough syrup is not for kiddos younger than 1 year, due to the honey. Also, for my toddler, I typically make a variant that excludes the cayenne and ginger.


Sick Bug Banishing Throat Tonic

Now, this next concoction was adapted from a recipe on Home Remedies for Laryngitis. It’s a warm beverage you can keep going in a crockpot all day long… with the added bonus of being able to get an aromatic steam breathing session as needed for those poor sinuses. I wasn’t sure what to call this… but it sounded better than “onion, garlic and ginger infused water drink.”


  • 2 vidalia onions
  • 1/2 – 1 head garlic
  • 1″ chunk of ginger root
  • 1-2 quarts water
  • apple cider vinegar


Put water into slow cooker (I love my Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker #afflink) and turn on high. Quarter the onions, peel and lightly crunch the garlic cloves, and grate or slice the ginger root. Add all to the crockpot, cover, and bring to a simmer or boil. While you wait for things to cook, feel free to remove the lid and breathe in the steam (I have even covered the lid with a hand towel to help capture the steam and direct it towards my face (see below).  A note of caution, if you to this — the steam can be hot… so don’t scald yourself!!!

Sick Bug Banishing Homemade Throat + Cough Syrup Recipes

After about 20 minutes, ladle the liquid into your mug. It should have a slight yellow tint by this point and not just be water anymore. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your mug, and a couple ice cubes if needed. Sip often; refill your mug, adding more apple cider vinegar each time.

The crock pot can be left on all day; you can add more water as necessary.

More Thoughts

Yes, I have more suggestions for you.  Take a look at the ideas below, and also make sure to check out my post: Moms Can’t Get Sick (…yeah, right).

  • Bone Broth — fabulous for anytime, but great for when you’re sick.  It has lots of minerals and will help keep you hydrated
  • Essential Oils – I like to diffuse essential oils with my aromatherapy diffuser — there are a lot of different ones that help with immune strength in general, or you can diffuse an essential oil like eucalyptus, which helps open airways.
  • Sleep — get lots of sleep. Stock up on naps.  Your body needs rest when it’s tired and run down.

It seems like I’m not the only one to let New Year’s Resolutions go by the wayside.  I polled some other bloggers, asking for thoughts on resolutions, if they planned to do anything, or how resolutions have worked out for them in the past.  And here are three responses.

  • In theory, New Year’s resolutions are a wonderful idea. It’s a new year so why not a new you? But life doesn’t work out that way. There’s a reason these resolutions are so easily abandoned. So I don’t make a resolution based on a holiday but rather when I really am ready to make a change. – Jennifer, The Jenny Evolution
  • The only New Year’s resolution I have ever kept is a 30+ year old Jan 1st resolution to never drink Bailey’s Irish Cream again. – Erin, The Usual Mayhem
  • My resolution is not to do any! If I need to change things I try and do it in the here and now! – Maggy, Red Ted Art

So, there you have it.  Some realistic thoughts on the whole New Year’s resolution concept, and hopefully some helpful recipes for the next time you have a sore throat (or lose your voice completely, like I did!).

Do you have any suggestions for helping a sore throat?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

5 Responses

  1. Debbie

    Your suggestion of Cayenne pepper and honey did a nice job for me.
    Just be sure not to inhale through your mouth when taking the concoction.

  2. Betsy Finn

    Glad it helped, Debbie. Hopefully you made sure to stir well enough that the cayenne was fully incorporated into the honey… there should have been no dry spice to inhale (ouch!)

  3. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories

    I could’ve used the throat tonic over christmas break when hubby and I both ended up with sore throats. thanks for sharing with #smallvictoriessundaylinkup! Pinning!

  4. Betsy Finn

    It worked great! Got my voice back in one day…unheard of 🙂