Homemade Cough Mixture

Experience the Timeless Healing Benefits of Honey!

This homemade cough mixture works wonders for sore throat and is ideal for those with mild respiratory conditions. Ideal for that annoying cough that is not productive (not bringing up phlegm) when you want some relief. Honey, onion and lemon have been used for hundreds of years as a remedy for colds and flu. Try it. You will be surprised how well this cough syrup works.



While you can use any honey to make these syrups, Manuka honey is known to have an anti-inflammatory action that can help reduce inflammation in the throat, which may contribute to cough relief. It also has potent medicinal properties and effectively treats sore throats because it has very high antibacterial properties from Methylglyoxal. This natural ingredient gives Manuka honey its distinctive taste, colour and smell. When Manuka honey is used in cough syrups, It helps to soothe irritated throat tissue and ease the discomforts of a cold. Beneficial Properties of Honey: 

  • Anti-bacterial 
  • Anti-viral  
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant 
  • Immune modulating



The benefits of raw onion have been known since the 1500s when they were used to alleviate symptoms of respiratory ailments such as cough, cold, flu and other mild respiratory conditions. More specifically, runny nose, sore throat, congestion, mucus and coughs. Due to potent compounds found in onions called flavonoids and organosulfur. As a result, this onion syrup is a great way to manage mild respiratory conditions. Beneficial Properties of Onion: 

  • Anti-microbial 
  • Anti-bacterial 
  • Anti-viral



Lemon is also helpful for sore throats because it’s packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps boost the immune system. Lemon is often used as a natural remedy for cough and cold symptoms. Also, the acidic nature of lemon juice can help dissolve mucus and phlegm, contributing to soreness and irritation in the throat. Beneficial Properties of Lemon: 

  • Anti-microbial   
  • Anti-bacterial    
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-fungal  


Homemade Cough Mixture



1 Onion

4 tablespoons Honey 

4 tablespoons lemon juice


Finely chop the onion into small pieces, place into a clean jar and cover it with 4 tablespoons of honey, good antibacterial honey like Manuka Honey or Active Jelly-bush honey. Leave this mixture to stand for 3 to 4 hours and then add 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and mix thoroughly.


For soothing a sore throat, Take 1 teaspoon of syrup as required. For those who prefer it a more potent, add a tablespoon of freshly grated ginger to the mixture and if you want to take a step further, add a pinch of cayenne pepper. Remember to mix it in.



Before you change your routine or embark on any herbal or nutritional supplements, it is wise to check with your healthcare practitioner. No cold or flu should be taken lightly. If the cold or flu does not resolve quickly, seek medical advice.

Any persistent cough, accompanied by a headache or fever and or yellow or green mucus, should be evaluated by your healthcare practitioner. Children with persistent coughs should see a doctor as soon as possible.


In health and wisdom

B Groves Naturopath
Written by:
Brendon Groves
Clinical Naturopathic Practitioner
Founder of “Groves Naturopathics” and “The Groves Lifestyle Diet
Adv. Dip. H. Sc. Nat, Dip. H. Sc. H.M., Dip. H. Sc. Nut.
Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy, Diploma of Nutrition, Diploma of Herbal Medicine.
Special interests in Weight loss, digestive issues, anxiety and mood disorders, and immune support.

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