Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey Cough Syrup - sooth your cough naturally!
Natural Remedies

Natural Cough Remedy-Apple Cider Vinegar Manuka Honey Cough Syrup

Flu and cold season has started and since I promised to post some natural remedies on this blog, I thought it high time to get started.  May we present our Apple Cider Vinegar Manuka Honey Cough Syrup!

Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey Cough Syrup ~ ease your cough naturally

There’s nothing worse than a sore throat and cough that can accompany many viral infections which can grab ahold of us and make us feel run-down and listless.  Often it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep because coughing can keep us from being able to drift off.  If you’ve ever tried over-the-counter cough medications, not only do they contain ingredients that have side effects, they generally do not work at all.  In fact, the majority of studies done found them no better than the placebo.

Apple Cider Vinegar Honey Cough Syrup ~ for cough relief that works ...

But what if there was something natural you could take that would help calm your cough and make you sleep easier?  Would you jump at the chance?  Well, here it is, a very natural and simple recipe that works rather well …….  Apple Cider Vinegar and Manuka Honey Cough Syrup.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey Cough Syrup ~ ease your cough and sleep!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used historically for its many healing properties.  It has been used to ward of scurvy, as a deodorant, as a disinfectant and there are claims that it can help with weight loss, heart health and controlling blood sugar.  In this recipe, it’s particularly useful, as bacteria and viruses are unable to live in an acidic environment, so in addition to soothing your cough, it aids in fighting the infection as well.

source: David Stang. First published at

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey comes from New Zealand Manuka trees, or Leptospermum scoparium.  Like many other honeys, it has anti-bacterial activity from the amounts of hydrogen peroxide present, however hydrogren peroxide can be broken down by the enzyme catalase, which is present in our saliva, blood, tissues, as well as by heat and light.  On the other hand, researchers have found that unlike other honeys, Manuka honey still maintains its anti-bacterial activity even when the hydrogen peroxide is completely destroyed.  How is this possible?  Manuka honey has non-peroxide anti-bacterial activity, in that during testing its efficacy against bacteria was not diminished even with all of its hydrogen peroxide eliminated and it has often been shown to be twice as effective against certain pathogens as regular honey.

Give this remedy a try and then please let us know what you think!

5 from 3 votes

Apple Cider Vinegar Manuka Honey Cough Syrup

A quick and easy cough syrup that actually works!

Course Natural Remedies
Cuisine Natural
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 23 kcal
Author Cleo


  • 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons Manuka honey (or other honey)


  1. Put apple cider vinegar and honey in a small bowl.  Whisk to combine.

  2. Take 1 teaspoon as needed.

Recipe Notes

You can also try a 1:1 ratio to make it a little more palatable.  

Food for Thought: “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”  ~ Voltaire

Images courtesy of Cleo
Photo: Leptospermum scoparium source Wikimedia Commons – courtesy of David Stang CC Attribution Share-Alike 4.0
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8 thoughts on “Natural Cough Remedy-Apple Cider Vinegar Manuka Honey Cough Syrup”

  1. Nice recipe Miss Cleo! I love apple cider vinegar and I love Manuka Honey. I had not thought to put them together. I am going to go for this next time someone is sick in my family.

    1. Any natural health food store should have it and I’ve even seen it at some regular grocery stores. Just make sure it has a UMF rating (which measures the amount of non-peroxide activity) of at least +10, preferably higher.

  2. This is pure genius! I have both of these ingredients and will be using them together when needed (hopefully not soon though).

    1. Ah yes, keep healthy! Which you should do with all the good food you make. But the odd time a sickness crops up, this is a good weapon to have in your arsenal!

  3. Lovely! In our version, we add some ginger as well. In yet another and more popular avatar, we get ginger, honey, cinnamon, turmeric and milk…all heated up. Cures cold, inflammation, and many other things!

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