A cough can be very annoying, though they are rarely serious. Nowadays, many people are turning to natural remedies as opposed to over-the-counter medicines to keep healthy. Below are three recipes which are simple to make and will help you feel more comfortable during a cold and less affected by your symptoms.

These recipes are effective as they are all high in vitamin C, which helps the body to fight off infection.


Cherry Cough Syrup

This recipe is largely proportional, so if you want to make more then just make sure you have half the amount of honey as you do cherries.

2 cups of cherries

1 cup of honey

1 lemon

1/2 cup of water

Chop the cherries roughly (there is no need to stone them) and place them in a saucepan. Slice the lemon and add to the cherries, then cover the fruit with the water and honey. Heat the mixture, stirring gently, until it is simmering. Keep stirring the mixture intermittently until it is a dark red. Pour the syrup through a sieve into a sterilised bottle.

Take two teaspoons whenever needed- this syrup is particularly good for dry or tickly coughs. Keeps for two weeks in the fridge.

Orange and Honey Cough Syrup

1 large orange, chopped roughly

100g honey

Juice of 1 lime

1 tsp cloves

500ml water

5 tbsp liquid glycerine

Place all ingredients apart from the lime juice, honey and glycerine in a pan and stir well to combine. Simmer until there is half the amount of water left. Blend the mixture in a liquidizer or food processor until it is smooth. Pour back into the pan and add the honey, lime juice and glycerine. Stir over a low heat until the mixture is a uniform colour and texture, then simmer for a further two minutes. Use a funnel to fill sterilized bottles with the syrup.

Keeps in the fridge for two weeks. Take two tablespoons 3 times a day for a chesty cough or a sore throat.

Spiced Cranberry Ice Lollies

2 red chillies

8cm fresh ginger root, peeled

240ml honey

1 sachet powered gelatine

800ml cranberry juice

Juice of 2 lemons

Chop the chillies and ginger well, then place everything in a saucepan. Simmer for five minutes, stirring constantly. Make sure the gelatine has dissolved, then remove the mixture from the heat. Cool, then sieve into lolly moulds. Add a lolly stick and freeze at least overnight.

Eat a lolly when you first feel the cough coming on if possible. Also effective if taken during a cold, as they will numb the throat while providing vital nutrients. These lollies keep in the freezer for 3 months.