Honey Cough Syrup


1½ tablespoons Zest of 2 lemons
¼ cup peeled, sliced ginger or ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
1 cup water
1 cup honey
½ cup lemon juice


In a small saucepan, combine lemon zest, sliced ginger and 1 cup of water. Bring mixture to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, then strain through into a heat-proof measuring cup. Rinse the saucepan out and pour in 1 cup of honey. On low heat, warm the honey, but do not allow it to boil. Add the strained lemon ginger water and the lemon juice. Stir the mixture until it combines to form a thick syrup. Pour into a clean jar with a lid. Note: This can be refrigerated for up to 2 months.

For children ages 1 to 5, use ½ to 1 teaspoon every 2 hours. For children ages 5 to 12, use 1 to 2 teaspoon every 2 hours. For children 12 and older and adults, use 1 to 2 tablespoons every 4 hours.*

* Remember, honey is recommended for children after the age of one.

For Nurse Barb's Honey Lemon Coughsicles Recipe, click here.

Recipe courtesy of Nurse Practitioner Barbara Dehn, RN, MS, NP.