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Homemade Manuka Honey Cough Syrups

Looking for a natural home remedy to help kick a sore, scratchy throat or persistent cough? Look no further than these tasty cough syrups made using nature’s sweetest superfood – bioactive Manuka Honey!


The best part is, because they’re made with smooth, sweet honey, you won’t have to worry about that harsh medicine flavour that usually comes with cough syrups.

Prep a jar of these four nourishing syrups ahead of time, and enjoy a spoonful of goodness whenever you need it.

Capilano Manuka Honey MGO300+ 250g

– 100% Pure Australian Honey –

  • Made by Aussie bees
  • Hand harvested by Aussie beekeepers
  • AMHA Authentic Manuka Honey
  • Independently tested and certified to contain 300mg/kg Methylglyoxal
  • Smooth caramel taste, no medicine after-taste
  • Ideal for everyday use in tea and coffee, as an ingredient in homemade skincare … Read more
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1. Garlic Ginger Manuka Cough Syrup

Create the ultimate spoonful of goodness with this garlic, ginger and Capilano Manuka Honey cough syrup.

  • ½ cup Capilano Active Manuka Honey 
  • 10 small garlic cloves (or 5 large)
  • 1 piece ginger, 1-2 inches (2-4cm)
  • Water (optional)
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  1. Peel garlic cloves and ginger, put them into a jar, and cover with Capilano Manuka Honey.
  2. Set in a warm place for 2 weeks or more until garlic turns opaque.
  3. Dilute with a dash of water and a squeeze of lemon juice (optional).
  4. Take 1 teaspoon as needed for sore throat relief.

Take by the spoonful, or use in your savoury recipes!

2. Manuka Lemon and Thyme Cough Syrup

Create your own homemade cough syrup with bioactive Manuka honey, zesty lemon and thyme leaves.

  • ½ cup Capilano Active Manuka Honey 
  • 1 fresh lemon chopped, cut into wedges, or sliced into coins
  • A handful of fresh garden thyme or organic dried thyme
  1. Layer the thyme and lemon pieces in a mason jar and cover with Capilano Manuka Honey. Ensure the lemon is completely submerged.
  2. Remove any bubbles by running an air bubble remover or butter knife around the inside of the jar.
  3. Place in the refrigerator. The honey will naturally pull liquid from the lemons, creating a watery texture.
  4. Shake before use. Take 1 teaspoon as needed.
  5. Storage: When sealed, this syrup can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Dilute in warm water for a herbal and fragrant tea.

3. Berry Manuka Cough Syrup

Berry sweet and soothing for the kids! Simply combine frozen or fresh berries, bioactive Capilano Manuka honey and a hint of mint. Cough syrup never tasted so good.

  1. Add frozen berries, water and mint leaves to a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer while stirring for about 5 minutes, or until the berries have cooked down.
  2. Remove from the heat. Strain well.
  3. Add Capilano Manuka Honey and stir to help dissolve.
  4. Transfer and store in an air tight glass jar.

Keep in the refrigerator for up to two months, shaking before use

4. Lime and Mint Manuka Cough Syrup

Searching for a natural remedy to get rid of your dry, sore throat? Manuka does the trick when added to a fresh, zingy cough syrup.

  1. Wash limes and sprigs of mint.
  2. Squeeze enough limes to make ¼ cup of lime juice.
  3. In a small saucepan, add water and 1 sprig of mint, adjusting the amount to your taste. Bring to a boil and then immediately remove from the heat.
  4. Remove mint leaves. Add lime juice and Capilano Manuka Honey, stir well until mixed
  5. Tip: Dilute in warm water for a herbal and fragrant tea

When sealed, this syrup can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Why upgrade to Manuka Honey?

Honey has been an essential home remedy for thousands of years. Modern research has shown that some honeys, like Australian Manuka Honey, are many times more active than others. 

Active Manuka Honey is prized for its health-supporting properties, and has been widely studied for its antimicrobial, and wound healing effects. 

Research further suggests that Manuka can aid digestion, soothe sore throats and put an energetic spring in your step. Containing a range of minerals, trace elements, vitamins, polyphenols, proteins and enzymes to form a soothing, potent and naturally healing ingredient!


Honey can contain enzymes such as phosphatase, amylase, glucose oxidase, invertase, diastase and catalase.


Honey has been found to contain small amounts of 54 different minerals and elements including potassium, sodium, iron, B vitamins and vitamin C.


Phenolics such as courmaric acid, gallic acid and caffeic acid contribute to the antioxidant properties of honey.


Want to learn more about Manuka? There are several studies available including the following:

· Molan 2011 article:
· Johnston 2018 article:
· Bean, A. (2012). Investigating the Anti-inflammatory Activity of Honey (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from

Soothing, potent and naturally healing - authentic Australian Manuka Honey is one of nature's sweetest superfoods.

There are so many other ways to incorporate Manuka into your daily health routine. Scroll down for recipes ideas, and more.

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