Day 278 – Homemade Cough Remedy


My husband has had a nasty cough for the past few days. Luckily, I pinned this homemade cough remedy a few months ago in preparation for the cold months ahead. It’s supposed to be good for a sore throat, cough, and congestion. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I whipped it up for him.


¼ teaspoon Cayenne
¼ teaspoon Ginger
1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Honey (use a locally produced raw honey, if possible)


Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well. Take 1 tablespoon as needed for cough.

You can make this is larger batches and store it in the refrigerator. Just make sure you always shake before using.

I wish I had a picture of my husband’s reaction after he took a tablespoon of this stuff. He immediately ran for his water and was making the classic, “Ewww medicine!” face. I was surprised. The post said that the stuff actually tasted pretty good. Then I realized what was going on. It wasn’t the taste. It was the heat. My husband isn’t a fan of hot spices. He can load his sushi with wasabi and eat buffalo wings all night, but give him some red pepper flakes or cayenne and he’s done. Needless to say, I don’t think he’ll be trying this again. The post suggests taking it at least twice, so we can’t give an accurate report, but he did say it helped a little.

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5 Comments… Share your views

  1. I made this one for my husband too, and he had the same reaction! And he’s used to spicy stuff too, so this recipe may just have too much cayenne. =)

  2. That does not sound appetizing. I’ve been soaking in some spearmint-eucalyptus scented epsome salt (found it at Walmart) with a few ounces of ginger grated into the hot bath water. It made me sweat so you might wante to avoid it if he has a fever. Also not sure it’s good for pregnant ladies. It made my bath and bedroom smell great. And it did help with the stuffy nose. Make sure to hydrate a lot!

  3. so the big question though is… did it help his cough?? 🙂

    • The original post suggested taking it a few times, so I’m not sure how much one spoonful would help anyway. It definitely didn’t help enough for him to want to try it again. Haha!

  4. It definitely helps to take the tickle away to get some relief from a bad cough. Especially helpful for pregnant and breastfeeding mamas who can take only limited meds

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