Recently Princess Dragon Snack developed a lingering cough that had the nasty habit of disappearing during the day only to appear with a vengeance the minute everybody was safely tucked into bed. Water didn't help, cough drops didn't help and even lemon-honey tea didn't stem the tide of the constant coughing.
Finally, in a late-night desperate attempt to get some sleep, I mixed up a cough syrup concoction that I found on the internet (tweaked to include ingredients I had in my kitchen). Within minutes, I had a warm, spicy-rich syrup ready for Dragon Snack's consumption. I gave her a spoonful, which she loved, and waited hopefully. Dragon Snack coughed and coughed a few more times, but within 5 minutes her coughing ceased. I sent her to bed expecting to be awoken by coughing in short order only to wake in the morning with the realization that Dragon Snack had not coughed. Once. All night!
Dragon Snack didn't cough all the next day. Before she went to bed, I gave Snack another spoonful of cough syrup, tucked her in and didn't hear a cough all night. This went on for a few days and then one night I forgot to give her the syrup. Just about the time we all drifted off, the coughing started. I called Dragon Snack down, gave her a spoonful of syrup and sent her to bed. Another 5 minutes of coughing ensued and then blissful sleep.
|Slowly warming the honey, oil, vinegar and water|
We are sold. As far as we can tell, one spoonful of syrup lasts for 24 hours! We did, on one occasion, give Snack two spoonful's of syrup in a 24 hour period, but that was during a particularly bad spell.
|With the spices added|
As winter closes in and the cold season descends upon us, I will be sure to have a supply of the Best Cough Syrup Ever in my fridge!
Best Cough Syrup Ever
2 T Olive Oil (or Coconut Oil)
4 T raw Apple Cider Vinegar
4 T raw Honey
2 T Water
1/2 tsp. ground Ginger (fresh would be better)
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Lemon Juice (or 3 drops of lemon essential oil)
Combine the oil, apple cider vinegar, honey and water together in a small saucepan and heat very gently and slowly until just melted and combined. Shut off heat.
Add in the ginger, cinnamon and lemon and stir to combine.
Dosage: Adults 1 T as needed. Children 1 tsp. as needed.
This syrup can be stored at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for a few weeks.