So you’re feeling terrible and you’re just trying to get through the day, but that painful throat and a chesty cough just makes everything so much harder. That’s where these 3 amazing, all natural remedies for cough and sore throat could help you fight back against two of the most annoying symptoms of colds and flu.
So first up I’ll talk about my 2 super easy remedies for sore throat and coughs, my Sage Honey for sore throats and the fabulous Cherry Cough Syrup. They only have 2 or 3 ingredients, all of which you can throw on a hoody, a pair of sunglasses and shuffle down to your local grocery store to get your hands on them.
The final remedy I have in store for you is my double action, super strength Marshmallow and Liquorice root cough and sore throat syrup. It’s packed full of amazing ingredients, and is a bit more complicated than my quick remedies. Nevertheless, it’s hands down one of the best natural remedies for cough and sore throat I’ve ever tried, and I just couldn’t keep it to myself any longer.
Either way, one of these bad boys will help soothe your throat and chest, giving you some much needed relief when you’re sick. They’re also a great ‘get well gift‘ for anyone you know that’s feeling a bit under the weather. There’s no better way to show someone you love them by taking care of them while they’re sick.
So let’s take a look at these home remedies for cough and sore throat in a bit more detail.
NOTE: These home remedies for coughs and sore throats will require you to heat substances such as honey to very high temperatures. If you are sick and concerned about burning yourself, please ask a loved one or friend to do this with you.
When honey is heated to temperatures as high as this, burns resulting from spilling and splashing can be catastrophic and even life changing. Always be careful, and take every precaution.
Sage & Honey For Sore Throats
So, our first quick remedy is the Sage Honey, which only has two ingredients! It’s super simple to whip up and you can get everything you need at your local grocery store.
I find this can be very soothing for an annoying, sore throat. It’s quite a thick substance, so a teaspoon can go a long way when you let it melt in the mouth. It also tastes quite delicious, which also helps!
The two ingredients in this Sage Honey are… you guessed it, Sage and Honey! Sage leaves possess lots of lovely antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. In fact, they’re a fabulous all-round/cure all herb. I mean, it’s Latin name literally means ‘to save’.
The sage, combined with the gorgeous tasting honey (that’s also an antibacterial agent and a wonderfully natural analgesic) makes this a go-to for anyone who’s suffering from a sore throat. You’ve gotta give it a try.
- Large bunch of Sage
- Honey, enough to cover the sage (roughly 250ml)
Give your sage leaves a good wash, and then pop them in a medium sized pan. Hold back a few leaves or a sprig to use later.
Next, add your honey. You want enough so that you mostly cover the sage leaves. I used about 250ml, but you may need more or less depending on how much sage you’re using.
It’s good to keep in mind that the amount of honey you use is roughly how big of a jar you’ll need at the end.
Put the pan on the stove on a low heat and allow it to simmer for a full hour. Keep an eye on it while it cooks, as honey has a tendency to froth quite a bit while it cooks, and it can easily spill over.
Once it’s simmered for an hour, all the goodness in the sage should have released into the honey, so go ahead and take it off the stove.
Leave it for a few minutes to cool a bit, and then start pouring the hot honey into your jar. Make sure you’re using a jar that has an air tight seal and has been thoroughly sterilized.
Be extremely careful here, as the honey will still be very hot and will scold you very easily. Use a slotted spoon to hold back the sage leaves.
Once you have poured 3 quarters of your honey, hold some back and pop the leaves we saved earlier on top.
You can then pour the rest on top so that the leaves sort of poke through the top. I just like the way this looks, and it’s not absolutely necessary.
Let your honey completely cool before you use it. The application of heat turns the honey into a thick, caramel like substance.
Take a teaspoon whenever your throat needs soothing. You’ll find it might be a bit too hard to just swallow immediately, so suck on the mixture and let it melt in your mouth. You could also add a couple of tsp to a hot lemon drink – this is my favorite way to use this remedy.
Cherry Cough Syrup Recipe
This recipe is just as easy as the last, and definitely worth a try. The honey is the magic ingredient here. With it’s fabulous analgesic properties, it’s able to soothe even a harsh cough! It’s ones of the most simple, inexpensive natural remedies for a cough out there, you’d be mad not to at least try it.
I just love everything about this syrup. It tastes absolutely lovely. This is all thanks to the cherries and the lemon. They’re both packed full of vitamin c, and give it a zingy punch! It’s just the thing to get you feeling better quicker.
I like to take this as and when it’s needed. There’s no harsh chemicals or actual medicines in this, so you can use as much or as little as you need. Like the previous recipe, you can stir a few spoonfuls into a hot lemon drink, but it’s fine to just take as is. You’ll never make any of your other home remedies for cough.
- 500g Cherries (leave the stones)
- 1 lemon
- 250ml Honey
- Freshly boiled Water
Throw your cherries into a pan with the honey. Cut your lemon into chunky slices and throw them in as well.
You’ll then want to add enough boiling water so that you cover the ingredients.
Pop the pan on the stove and let it simmer for 1 hour. We want to let all the ingredients release their gorgeous juices and for the water to reduce significantly.
After an hour, decide whether or not you’ll need to leave it for longer. You’ll want the water to reduce considerably. We’re not looking for a thick syrup, but we don’t want it too watery either.
To test, take some of the syrup on a spoon and let it cool for a couple of minutes (go ahead and blow on it). When you run the mixture around the spoon, it should leave a trail behind it. If it doesn’t, pop it back on the stove and leave it for a further 30 minutes.
You can’t really overcook this, so if you’re unsure just put it back on the stove. There’s no harm in it.
Once you’ve finished cooking, strain out the solids. I just use a slotted spoon, but you can use a sieve if you wish. Be careful to get all the cherry stones out.
Pour the mixture into a sealed, sterilized jar and leave to cool with the lid open. You should keep this in the fridge once you’re done.
Take 2 teaspoons as needed, especially when the coughing gets quite bad. If you properly sterilized your jar and you can get an airtight seal, this should last for several days in the fridge.
Double Action Cough and Sore Throat Syrup
This really is one of my favorite home remedies for a cough and sore throat, if not my absolute favorite! It ticks both the boxes of coughs and sore throat, becuase lets face it they often accompany each other. It also doesn’t taste too bad (although not as good as the previous two recipes). Because of the diverse ingredients we’re using, this double action syrup is among the best home remedies for cough and sore throat I’ve ever come across.
Liquorice (the root, not the tasty treat) has been used to help loosen phlegm for centuries, and is one of the star ingredients in this cough remedy. This, coupled with the marshmallow root which contains wonderfully soothing mucilage, should be a nail the coffin for your nasty cough and sore throat! All the other ingredients come together to make this a fantastic remedy that you’ve got to try if you’re struggling with a cold.
I find this syrup is especially good for dry and tickly coughs, although any type of cough and sore throat should benefit from this magical home remedy for coughs and sore throats. Providing that you’ve used a sterilized jar with an air tight seel and keep this in the fridge, it can easily last for up to 2 weeks.
4 tbsp Dried Mashmallow Root
2 Dried Liquorice Roots
1 cup of Dried Elderberries
1 tsp Cloves
1 Star Anise
2 tbsp Dried Eucalyptus Leaves
Juice of 1/2 Orange, and the whole peel
Juice of 1 Lime
Extra cup of Water
Muslin Cloth or Bags
Place your Liquorice and your eucalyptus into the centre of your peice of muslin cloth. You’ll also want to break your star anise up and put it in the centre also.
Then, pinch together the corners and tie a knot. Make sure the knot is tight. If you’re using muslin bags, just through them in and tie up the top.
This should make it much easier to remove these ingredients later on.
Then, fill a pan with the Marshmallow, Elderberries, Cloves, Mandarin Peel and the water. Also put your muslin bag(s) in with the rest of the ingredients.
Pop the pan on the stove and simmer until the liquid is reduced by at least one fifth.
Then, remove the muslin bags and put to one side for it to cool enough to discard. Be careful, the liquid will stain anything very quickly. We remove the bag because we will need to liquidise what remains in the pan, and these three ingredients don’t doo amazingly well in a blender.
Pour the rest of the contents of the pan into a blender. You’ll want to blend until everything has liquidised and the mixture is relatively smooth.
You will find that it can be a little grainy, which is totally fine. We won’t be able to make it completely smooth.
Now, pour the liquid back into the pan and then add the extra cup of water, honey and the lime juice.
Pop the pan back on the stove and bring it back up to a simmer. Allow to simmer for around 5 minutes, just to thicken it up a little bit. If at any point the mixture becomes too thick, add some more water.
Pour your mixture into a sterilised jar and leave to cool. You’ll want a jar with an air tight seal. Take 2 tbsp, 3 times a day to soothe coughs and sore throats.
So there we have it, my 3 best natural remedies for coughs and sore throats! They really are pretty good, and if you’re not into the synthetic versions you can buy at the drug store, you’ve gotta give these a try. I find the first two are great for when you’re desperate for something that doesn’t take a lot of effort to make. My last recipe may take a bit more effort to source the ingredients, but amazon is definitely your friend here.
I found this pretty simple to make though, especially the first two. The last one can be a bit tricky if you’re trying to do it without the muslin bags, but they’re really not that expensive at all. Do yourself a favour and get hold of a few. I’ve used them before to hop wart during the homebrewing process, so they’re quite versitile. The first two have very minimal ingredients, which often means they’re relatively inexpensive. You can quite hapily give this a go a few times before you get it right without breaking the bank!
You’ve gotta make sure you’re careful with the hot stuff in these recipes, particularly the honey. I burnt myself a couple of times because I wasn’t paying attention and I wasn’t being careful. As honey is quite sticky, it’s not like hot water that runs off the skin. It sticks and continues to burn! So use a pair of gloves if you’re worried about burning yourself at any point.
So let me know how you get on with the recipes, and how they help fight off that horrible cough and annoying sore throat! Let me know in the comments section below if you have any recipes for must try home remedies for coughs and colds. I love to get your input; coming back to read your ideas really does put a smile on my face. Go ahead and share this on social media as well, because we all get sick and everyone could use a natural remedy from time to time!