Homemade Cough Syrup with Lemon, Honey and Thyme

Yes, this is way off what we would normally post but I still wanted to share it with everyone.  I don’t know about you but I find the cost of cough syrup outrageous and considering how many bottles of it you could go through in an average season, it can add up quickly.  On top of that, I take a lot of different medications because of my car accident, and finding something that I can take that doesn’t interfere with the effectiveness of any of them is difficult.  That is why when I read that it was possible to combine different natural ingredients to make a homemade cough syrup…. and that I could make it in my Instapot…. I just had to try it!

I will admit that it is a little sweet but it does seem to be helping somewhat with the cough I have right now!



Here is what I used to make the cough syrup but feel free to switch any of the ingredients to suit your taste/symptoms.  There is a lot of information on Pinterest about what herbs and other ingredients can do to help with different ailments.

I chose lemon because of it’s anti-bacterial properties, ginger because it helps break up mucous, thyme can work as a disinfectant and anti-inflammatory, honey because of it’s healing powers, cayenne for it’s pain relief assistance and cinnamon because it helps fight infection and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. A natural combination to help kick your cough in the butt!


To make it, I started by putting the water, chopped ginger, thyme, cinnamon and lemon slices/juice from lemon in the bowl of my Instapot.


I put the Instapot on the Sauté setting and brought the mixture to a boil and then let it simmer for about 15 minutes.


After the 15 minutes, I let it “steep” in the Instapot with no heat on for an additional 15 minutes before pouring it through a sieve into a bowl, catching all of the ginger, lemon and thyme in the sieve.


In a large measuring cup, I added the honey and cayenne and whisked to combine the two.


Then poured the drained ginger/thyme water into the honey mixture and whisked until the syrup was fully combined.


I set these cute bottles  I found at the dollar store in the sink with hot water in them after I rinsed them…..


And then poured the water out and filled the bottles with the cough syrup!

The cough syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to a month or two.



Homemade Cough Syrup with Lemon, Honey and Thyme

Preparation Time: 10 minutes  Cooking Time: 30 minutes  Servings: about 2 cups


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 lemon, juiced, keeping a few slices
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne


  1. Place water, lemon juice and slices, cinnamon, chopped fresh ginger and thyme in bowl of Instapot.
  2. Bring to a boil on Sauté function and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and allow to steep for an additional 15 minutes.
  4. In large measuring cup, whisk together honey and cayenne.
  5. After mixture is done steeping, pour mixture through a sieve into a bowl, catching thyme, lemon and ginger in sieve.
  6. Pour ginger/thyme/lemon mixture into honey and whisk until it is fully combined.
  7. Pour into bottles and store in fridge for up to a month or two.
  8. Take as needed for cough.

8 thoughts on “Homemade Cough Syrup with Lemon, Honey and Thyme

  1. So interesting. I may try this. I already do cinnamon every day with my coffee. Do a ton of garlic, tumeric, but not much ginger yet. I’ve noticed since I started putting cinnamon in my coffee I haven’t been getting this inflammation thing I get in one of my eyes. Some people put alcohol in their cough medicines. Would that help at all too?

    Thanks for this awesome recipe. I am just about to start studying on natural medicinals more in depth and this is a great start.

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    • I really don’t know about the alcohol, I was trying to avoid it because of all the different medications I’m on… but to this day my 98 year old grandmother swears by her hot toddy when she’s not feeling well lol. So, there could be some benefit.
      It is amazing to me how many different things that we likely have on hand can help with what ails us, if only we weren’t so quick to just run to the store looking for a cure 🙂

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