Three Homemade Cough Syrups for a Dry Cough

· March 25, 2018
Dry cough remedies don't work the same way for everyone. In light of this, you should try out different alternatives and see which ones work best for you.

If the cough is a result of an allergy, asthma, pneumonia or another serious problem, you should undergo a physical exam and follow your doctor’s instructions. Afterwards, you can add on these alternative therapies or, if your case isn’t serious, such as if you have a cold, you can opt to only use our suggestions.

If you still don’t know the cause of your dry cough despite having seen a doctor, try to think if there’s an emotional factor that might be affecting you. Some people express situations in the form of somatic symptoms such as dry cough.

If that’s your case, these cough syrups will be helpful, but you should also seek out other solutions such as psychotherapy or yoga.

However, if think somatization is your case, we recommend that you have a classic warm milk with honey. In addition to soothing your throat, it’ll help you rest better.

Cough syrups for dry cough

1. Ginger, honey and lemon cough syrup

All three ingredients are antibacterial wonders, but honey and ginger  are also advantageous because they relieve pain considerably.  


  • 3 slices of lemon (45 g)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (20 g)
  • 3 pieces of ginger (50 g)
  • 2 cups of water (500 ml)


  • Boil water with the lemon slices and ginger.
  • Add the honey.
  • Wait fifteen minutes.
  • Strain the mixture into a glass bowl.
  • Then, store in refrigerator.

The syrup will stay good for two months. Take 2 or 3 big spoonfuls each day until you feel better.

The people who have a chronic cough can take it whenever they want with no problem. None of the ingredients are harmful for your health.

Also see: Discover the 5 Benefits of Ginger Water

2. Anise, chamomile and clove cough syrup

The properties of each one of these elements are perfect for a dry cough. The three of them fight against bacteria and are great painkillers. They also prevent the spasms that lead to dry cough.


  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 1/2 tablespoon of anise (5 g)
  • 2 cloves


  • First, boil the water with the chamomile.
  • Then, add the cloves and anise.
  • Wait 7 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid.

As with the previous recipe, you can store this cough syrup easily and for a long time. Also, you won’t experience any problems if you take it 2 or 3 times a day until your dry cough disappears. Since it’s made with natural ingredients, they don’t have any side-effects until you have an intolerance or allergy to one of the ingredients.

We recommend that you read: The 5 Best Teas to Calm Irritable Bowel Syndrome

3. Cayenne, ginger and apple cider vinegar

In other posts, we’ve talked about the ability of apple cider vinegar to eliminate infectious agents. It’s the same case with cayenne pepper. Spicy foods are very effective against said agents. So, we suggest this peculiar cough syrup.


  • 1/4 tablespoon of cayenne pepper (1,5 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (1o g)
  • 1/4 powder ginger (1,5 g)
  • 2 tablespoons of water (20 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (10 g)

For this recipe, mixing everything together and taking a spoonful each day is all you need. You’ll feel better before you know it.

For the most part, the mixture doesn’t taste great, but think of it as a cough syrup that you’d buy at a pharmacy. Even if they taste bad, you take them because you know they’re good for you. Just give it a chance.

Every body is different. Even if we may have the same problem, your bodies react differently. Keeping that in mind, it’s worth it to try out different options over a period of several days. By doing so, you’ll find the cough syrup that’s best for you and be able get the most out of its properties.

Let us know what you discover!