Cold Comfort – A Tasty Remedy

The holiday season is over. You have come away from all the parties unscathed. Though those around you have suffered in varying degrees from cold or flu viruses, you have evaded all of it! The intentions, resolutions, and goals have been set and are in motion. You are eating better, getting more sleep, dutifully fitting into your new exercise regime. Everything is looking rosy, until – (Insert suspenseful music here – Da duh DAAAAAAAA!) the dreaded cold virus gets you.


You feel too miserable to go to the pharmacy for some cough medicine so you huddle up under your comforter in your favourite cozy pyjamas and try to not cough yourself inside out.

Take heart, dear loyal Dishing in the Kitchen readers!

Lorene is here with a healthier (and tastier) cough remedy.

I have never liked the taste of the “store bought” cough medicines and found them quite ineffective for the most part. I would LOVE to tell you that this is my grandmother’s secret recipe but that would be a lie. I discovered this remedy several years ago online when I was suffering with a nasty cold/cough. The beauty of THIS homemade remedy is, after the virus has passed, you can use this yummy mixture as a marinade for chicken or pork or, well, whatever you want!

Cough remedy ingredients

Cough Mixture (Expectorant)


  • Adult                      2-3 teaspoons       3-6 times a day
  • Children                 1 teaspoon            3-6 times a day 


  • 2-4 Tsp thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 inch piece ginger root (grated)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 C. water
  • 1 ½ C. honey                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


cough remedyPut thyme, garlic, lemon juice, ginger, cayenne and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Strain mixture and press down on the herbs to extract all the liquid.
Return strained liquid to saucepan and gently heat until just simmering. Simmer until liquid has reduced to approximately 200ml (⅞ Cup). This could take up to an hour. Keep an eye on it.
Once reduced, strain through muslin and return liquid to saucepan. Add honey. Simmer for about 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture has a syrupy consistency. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Pour cooled syrup into a sterilized bottle. Label and date. Store in the fridge or a cool place. Seal bottle with cork stoppers, as syrups are prone to ferment and may explode if kept in screw-topped bottles.

I didn’t have any muslin the first time I made this so I just strained the liquid with my tiniest holed strainer. (Wanted to say finest but thought you might think I was getting uppity!

You can substitute the thyme with any of the herbs below:

 2 teaspoons sage for sore throat
6 teaspoons sage for fevers
5cm/2in cinnamon stick or

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon for a cold or runny nose
2 teaspoons anise seed for wheeziness
1 small onion for a dry cough
4 teaspoons fennel seed for bronchial catarrh

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