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Homemade honey and thyme cough syrup

If you’re a mom, you know that there’s nothing like a good cough syrup to help your child feel better. And store-bought cough syrups can be expensive. That’s why I love this honey and thyme cough syrup recipe. It’s easy to make, and it costs just a fraction of what you’d pay for store-bought cough syrup. Plus, the honey and thyme work together to soothe your child’s throat and help him or her get relief from a coughing spell. Give this recipe a try the next time your child is feeling under the weather!

Homemade honey and thyme cough syrup


  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup honey (I used organic)
  • Bottle to store (I used the honey bottle)


  1. Put thyme in tea ball. If you don’t have a tea ball, you can make your own by bundling up the thyme in a coffee filter and closing it with a twist-tie.
  2. Pour boiling water over thyme in a measuring cup.
  3. Leave the thyme in the water until the water cools to room temperature.
  4. Remove the thyme from the water and discard.
  5. Stir in honey.
  6. Pour into storage container and keep in the refrigerator.

To use: Shake well before using. Take one tablespoon several times a day for colds, coughs, and sore throat.

The next time you’re feeling a little under the weather, give this honey and thyme cough syrup recipe a try. It’s simple to make and uses natural ingredients that are known to help soothe a cough. Let us know in the comments below how it worked for you!

Originally published on January 8, 2009. Last Updated on April 10, 2023 by Pattie Cordova

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