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DIY Cough and Cold Syrup - The Snap Mom

DIY Cough and Cold Syrup

This is an amazing Cough and Cold Syrup that is all natural, and powerful! When treating infants however, Krystle K and I (Whitney J) use GOOT because it is easier to administer. CLICK HERE to learn more about GOOT

“I made this recipe in 20 minutes yesterday while puttering around the kitchen making other things and Abbie and I have been using it since then. It seems to be keeping her coughing to a minimum, as well as helping to ease my sore throat and minimizing my stuffiness. I feel like it’s helping to decongest my sinuses, which is such a relief, even if it means I’m going through tissue by the boatload.” -Stephanie from

DIY Cough and Cold Syrup


  • 1 cup freshly chopped onion
  • About 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp. Cloves (whole or powdered)- specifically good for pain relief
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Slippery Elm (dried or powdered)- Slippery Elm has more of a reputation for soothing and coating the throat
  • 1-2 Tbsp. fresh chopped Ginger root OR 1 tsp. Ginger powder– Ginger increases warmth, circulation (important for healing) and the overall effectiveness of the syrup
  • 1-2 Tbsp. dried Mullein and/or Marshmallow Root. Marshmallow is very helpful for soothing throat irritations and calming coughs, and Mullein is an expectorant, good at clearing up hacking coughs and congestion.


  • Put chopped onions and any herbs of choice into a small stainless steel pot or glass pot (not alumnimum).
  • Add enough honey to cover the onions ( for me, this seemed to be about 1/2 a cup, though I didn’t measure exactly).
  • Turn the pot on low heat and slowly simmer. The honey will soften and become liquidy, and you want to keep the temperature very low while allowing the herbs to steep in the honey. It’s best to keep a lid on to help keep all of the medicinal properties of the herbs in the syrup, and just take the lid off to give it a quick stir every few minutes to ensure it doesn’t burn at all (though the temp. should be low enough to prevent this).
  • Give it 20 minutes of simmering, then remove it from the heat.
  • Strain the onions and herbs out and store the remaining honey (which might have flecks of herb in it and this is fine) in a small glass jar with a lid and keep it in the fridge.

Directions for use

  • The syrup can be used as often as needed, up to every half hour.
  • 1 tsp. for a younger child
  • 1 Tbsp. for anyone 10 years and older

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  1. awesome! I will have to try this if and when my kids get a nasty chest bug again!

  2. Good to know! I will have to try this!