This homemade herbal cough syrup is a very powerful and effective but completely natural remedy for your children’s cough.
You probably know that when children cough, they don’t sleep and you don’t sleep.
So when my children (who are adolescents now) were younger, I always liked to have some proven remedies on hand for the winter season.
This homemade herbal cough syrup is not only completely natural but very effective.
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However, I am sure this goes without saying that you always want to use your own guidance. This is not supposed to replace the help and advice of a qualified medical professional. If your child’s cough lasts and doesn’t improve you always want to seek medical help.
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The active ingredients in the cough syrup and their health benefits:
The active ingredients in this homemade herbal cough syrup are thyme, sage, and onion.
I always prefer to pick fresh herbs from my garden but you can also use dried.
Thyme is an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and helps to relieve throat pain.
Sage is an immune-booster, anti-biotic, anti-viral, anti-septic, and helps with coughs and bronchitis.
Onion, too, is an immune-booster, an anti-biotic, and a natural expectorant (read more here).
What else you need:
Other than thyme, sage, and onion you will need about 3 oz or 100 g of sugar. You can use any sugar you like. I prefer coconut palm sugar. We are only adding it to make it more palatable for children since the herbs can be a bit bitter.
Then you’ll need a good cup or 250 ml of water.
Everything will be boiled in a pot and then put through a fine mesh strainer into some container. And lastly, you need a pretty jar or container for your herbal cough syrup.
How to make the homemade herbal cough syrup:
Chop the thyme finely to get about 1 TBSP. If you’re using dried thyme use 1 tsp. Then chop the sage finely to get about 1 TBSP, or use 1 tsp dried sage.
Next finely chop 1 small onion (about 3 oz or 100 g).
Put these ingredients in a pot.
Add the cup or 250 ml of water and the 3 oz or 100 g sugar.
Bring everything to a boil and simmer this mixture for about 10 minutes.
Take the pot of the heat and pour the herbal mixture through a fine meshed sieve into a jar or container. You can use the back of a spoon to squeeze any remaining liquid out.
Carefully fill this liquid into a pretty jar or container. Let it cool down completely and place it in the refrigerator. There it will keep for about one week.
Make sure to put a label on it with the date when you made this. Depending on how many children you have (and mine always had a cough at the same time) you might go through this in a few days.
How to dose the homemade herbal cough syrup:
For children up to 3 years, you give them 1-2 teaspoons 3 times a day.
For children over 3 year, you give them 1 tablespoon 3 times a day. Continue until the cough disappears.
Again, if it does not improve within a few days, you will want to seek the help and advice of a qualified medical professional!
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Homemade Herbal Cough Syrup for Children
- Measuring cup, small sauce pot, fine mesh strainer, pretty jar or bottle
- 1 small onion (about 3 oz or 100g)
- 1 TBSP fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
- 1 TBSP fresh sage, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
- 3 oz sugar or 100 g (I prefer coconut palm sugar but any works)
- 1 cup water or 250 ml
- Finely chop the thyme and the sage or measure if using dried herbs. Add to a small sauce pot.
- Finely chop the onion and add to the pot with the herbs.
- Measure and add the sugar to the pot.
- Measure and add the water to the pot.
- Bring this mixture to a boil and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
- Put this mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Fill into a pretty jar or bottle.
- Dosage: for children less than 3 years, give 1-2 tsp 3x daily and for children 3 years and up, give 1 TBSP 3x daily.
- Always use your own guidance and consult a qualified medical professional.