I searched out my recipe for cough syrup this morning and made sure I have all the necessary ingredients if I need to make a batch. At the moment we’re all healthy and I hope we stay that way, but yesterday we took one of our little dogs to the vet for shots and everyone we had contact with over there was SICK. The receptionist had a terrible cold… the vet had a cold… as did the technicians… someone was coughing all the time we were there. We must have been breathing in more germs than air.

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It’s too bad the people at the vet’s office don’t believe in natural remedies because this homemade cough syrup would take care of their coughs very quickly. The recipe comes from a wonderful little paperback book called Herbally Yours by Penny C. Royal. I haven’t needed to make this cough syrup very often because thankfully we almost never have colds or coughs, but I have thought it was wonderful stuff ever since one year when we were all very sick with the flu and couldn’t stop coughing. Store-bought cough syrups hadn’t helped at all… this homemade cough syrup did.

1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all the ingredients together and store in the refrigerator. The book says to take one teaspoon of the syrup at intervals as needed. (We have always adjusted the dosage according to the age of the person and the severity of the cough. And of course, because of the sharpness of the vinegar, ground ginger, and cayenne pepper, and because there is honey involved, this would not be a cough syrup for very young children.)

I like that this cough syrup contains only “food” ingredients, but the best thing about it is that it WORKS.