It’s that time of year again… cough and cold season. I don’t know about you, but my family is a big ol’ chorus of coughers right now. Unfortunately for those in the household under the age of 6, there’s no cough syrup they can take to help them out. So, in the interest of being more natural and “farmy” (it’s a word), I looked into home remedies for cough and sore throat. We really want to get bees in the spring and start having our own farm honey, so I went for the honey based recipes. Did you know honey is pretty AMAZING? All sorts of cool uses for honey, besides the obvious deliciousness. I’ll maybe talk more about the magic that is honey later on, when we’re prepping for our bees to arrive. For now, let’s leave it at this:
honey + lemon juice = the best cough medicine I’ve ever tried with the kids
Here’s your recipe for cough syrup/sore throat soother: 2 parts honey: 1 part lemon juice. Yep, it’s that easy. There’s your recipe for today folks, have a great day!!
My kids LOVE smoothies, and I love to make them smoothies because it’s hands down the best way to get any fruit or veggies into them. Rarely does a smoothie get made around here that isn’t secretly hiding spinach inside it. But for today, I decided to hide cough syrup in it. Grace loves the taste of straight up honey and lemon juice mixed together, but Gavin hates it. So we’re making smoothies with cough syrup remedy in them, and then we’re turning those smoothies into popsicles. The cold popsicle is soothing to the throat, and the cough syrup of course can’t hurt either. It’s a really simple recipe too.
- 2 heaping cups any fruit mix (today we did one batch that was strawberry and raspberry, and another batch that was mango, pineapple, strawberry and cherry)
- 1 large banana
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup any liquid (you can go for milk, water, almond or soy milk, or any combination to make 1 cup. Sometimes we do have vanilla yogurt and half liquid too to make it creamier.)
Throw your cups of fruit and the banana into the blender base.
Now you’re going to mix up your cough syrup. This is where the magic happens! Measure out the honey and lemon juice…
Mix it together separately, and then add it to the blender.
This is plain cough syrup, you could bottle that up and use it in teaspoon doses if you wanted
Add it to the blender, and whatever liquid you’re using (we went with plain old cow’s milk today).
Now stick ‘er on your blender and blend it up! I’m not going to insult your intelligence by giving you instructions on how to use your own blender (but if you need to look up the manual, I won’t judge. Mine has like 20 freakin’ buttons on the thing! Flying a space rocket would likely be simpler…)
Now I poured out a glass for Gavin, who was home sick today with his terrible cough. He approves of the flavour combo, despite disliking the cough syrup taste any other time.
The remainder I turned into popsicles. Gavin has actually eaten FIVE popsicles today to soothe his throat. If you’re going to eat five popsicles a day, it’s probably a good idea for them to be naturally made, without added sugars and junk. Having them loaded with cough syrup doesn’t hurt either, and because it’s all natural, I don’t have to worry about how much of it he takes. There’s no harm in drinking a bunch of honey and lemon juice, after all!
And I even miraculously managed to not make a huge mess while pouring this! Oh and if you don’t have popsicle molds, never fear- the dollar store is near! You don’t need fancy or expensive equipment.
I popped this batch into the freezer and took out the last batch, which is already frozen and slightly devoured from Gavin’s day at home, for a photo for you of it all frozen and finished. So if the colour looks different, it’s just a different flavour, but I wanted a picture of *the final product* of course! 😉
Hopefully you find this helpful for soothing your own sickies this cold season! Good luck! 🙂