A hacking cough can make you feel lousy. Going to a store to purchase cough syrup can make you feel worse! The shelves of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine are filled with different products. Drugs.com lists over 200 different cough medications! Instead of grabbing a random box of cough medicine off the shelf this DIY Cough Syrup Recipe is perfect for calming a cough and scratchy throat.
DIY Essential Oil Cough Syrup
Instead of just grabbing something from the store shelves, choose something that can help ease a cough until your body can heal itself. The recipe is simple and can really help calm a cough.
- 8 tbsp Honey
- 8 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 8 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 8 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil
- Mixing bowl
- Glass container with a tight-fitting lid
- Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
- Mix with a spoon until well blended.
- Place in a small, covered glass container.
- Store in a cool place.
- Stir a teaspoon of the DIY Cough Syrup mixture into a cup of your favorite hot tea.
- Alternatively, take a spoonful of cough syrup mixture by mouth as needed.
This all-natural cough soother will help ease the urge to cough without a list of unpronounceable ingredients.
Sore Throat Relief Recipes
Besides this Cough Syrup, we also have DIY recipes for natural remedies for sore, scratchy throats. This Lemon Ginger Throat Drop Recipe can not only help relieve a tickly throat but also provide antioxidant support. There’s also this Sore Throat Relief Recipe that can help fight a sore throat with essential oils.
OTC Cough Syrups
No over-the-counter (OTC) product will cure or shorten the length of a cough or the common cold. All cough syrups can only ease the symptoms. Your body heals itself. That’s why we like natural remedies over commercial ones. However, if you do take OTC cough medicines, it is important to understand the differences between the two basic types of commercial cough syrups:
- Expectorants. The active ingredient in this type of cough syrup helps thin mucus, making it easier to cough up. The ingredient guaifenesin is the only expectorant in the U.S.
- Suppressants. This type of cough syrup is designed to help reduce the number of times you cough. The active ingredient listed is usually dextromethorphan (DM). Other cough suppressants include camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol. (See section below on Dextromethorphan.)
Some cough products combine an expectorant and a cough suppressant. These combination cough products have more than one active ingredient. Generally, they contain both guaifenesin and dextromethorphan. Some have medicines to ease other symptoms, that may include decongestants for stuffy nose, antihistamines for allergies or a runny nose, or painkillers.
OTC Side Effects
Guaifenesin and dextromethorphan can cause serious side-effects. Some of the side effects associated with both of these include:
- Drowsiness/dizziness (can be severe)
- Stomach pain
Although rare, some people may have a very serious allergic reaction that includes:
- Trouble breathing
- Confusion, hallucinations
If you do use OTC Cough Medicine, read the label carefully, make sure you are getting something that is designed to either suppress a cough or help remove excess phlegm (expectorant). And never use an OTC medicine for more than seven days unless prescribed by a doctor. You could be covering up a more severe problem.