This cough, cold and flu season if you’re looking for a new twist on a cough syrup, consider trying Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Honey Cough Syrup.
If you have a cough, consider taking a tasty trip to Tahiti with ingredients in your refrigerator. For centuries, people have used honey as a natural cough suppressant and this treat might be just what your throat is craving for your cough.
Tahitian cough syrup? Really!
I was inspired to create this honey cough syrup recipe by a Tahitian Limeade I had in Hawaii this summer. I’ve also created a few variations for kids to help them stay hydrated while helping to suppress their pesky coughs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents of children over the age of one try honey as a cough suppressant.
Research shows what Moms know
Research from Penn State College of Medicine in 2007 showed that honey was an effective and natural alternative to over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine. The study found that a small dose of honey given before bedtime provided better relief of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children than no treatment or dextromethorphan (DM), a cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold medications.
As a mom and a nurse, I have honey in my pantry to help my entire family’s cough. Compared to other over-the-counter solutions, honey only contains one ingredient: honey. I’ve seen over the years, that as little as one to two teaspoons can help ease and suppress an unwanted cough.
I’ve come up with a few cough syrup recipes for you to try with your family, all available at honey.com.
- Honey Lemon Cough Syrup
- Honey Lemon Coughsicles
- Tahitian Honey Cough Syrup
- Tahitian Honey Coughsicles
More of my recipes using Honey
I’ve also developed ways for families to incorporate my cough syrup recipes outside of just a teaspoon. For children, you can add Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Cough Syrup to the following to help your child stay hydrated and quiet their cough:
- Add 1 tablespoon of Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Cough Syrup to 4 ounces of water and offer in a sippy cup.
- As a variation, add 1 Tablespoon Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Cough Syrup to 4 ounces of coconut water.
- Mix 1 – 2 teaspoons of Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Cough Syrup over sliced bananas
- Swirl 1 – 2 tablespoons into yogurt
- Add 1 tablespoon to ¼ cup of cream cheese and use as a spread for bread, bagels or toast.
Don’t leave out the rest of the family, I also have variations that adults will also enjoy:
- For adults, add fresh ginger to the mixture. Spoon out the ginger and mint before pouring into the jar and storing for 5 days in the fridge. If you prefer a more minty taste, keep the mint leaves in the honey mixture.
- Add 2 tablespoons of Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Cough Syrup to 8 ounces of coconut water for a more tropical taste.
- For a refreshing Tahitian tropical vacation in the midst of cold and flu season, add a few tablespoons of Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Honey Cough Syrup to sparkling water or club soda, add a wedge of lime and a sprig of mint.
Remember, next time you are looking in your cabinet for a natural solution, the answer may already be in your pantry, honey!
Disclosure: I’m happy to be working with the National Honey Board to share awareness of how honey can be used as a natural cough suppressant.
Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Honey Cough Syrup
• 8 limes to yield ½ cup of fresh lime juice
• 2 – 4 sprigs fresh mint leaves
• 1 cup honey
Wash 6 – 8 limes and the sprigs of mint.
Squeeze enough limes to yield ½ cup of lime juice (Note: You can also use prepared limeade if you don’t have access to fresh limes.)
In a small saucepan, warm honey for 4 minutes. Do not boil.
Add 2 –4 large mint leaves or 1 sprig of mint to the warming honey.
You can adjust the amount of mint to your taste.
After warming the honey, take it off the heat and add ½ cup of lime juice, stir until well mixed.
You can store this in a clean jar for 5 days in the refrigerator.
Dosage Recommendations for Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Cough Syrup
• For children aged 1 – 5: Use ½ -1 teaspoon every 2 hours
• For children 5 – 12: Use 1 – 2 teaspoons every 2 hours
• For children 12 and older & adults: Use 1 – 2 tablespoons every 4 hours
Note: Honey is recommended for children after the age of one.
Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Coughsicles
When children are sick and coughing, it’s important to provide soothing liquids to coat their throats and prevent dehydration. These Tahitian Coughsicles can help quiet a cough and keep children happily hydrated.
• 1/2 cup of Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Honey Cough Syrup
• 1 ½ cups of water
Pour into your favorite popsicle mold or a small plastic container to freeze. This makes some fun coughsicles or icy treat that helps controls cough.