Honey-Garlic Cough Syrup

Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food - Hippocrates

There are a number of naturopathic treatments that can help speed recovery of colds and flus by supporting the immune system and helping the body fight infection.  Naturopathic doctors often recommend vitamins, minerals and botanicals that are clinically proven to shorten the duration of illness.  In addition to these, rest and nourishing foods are among the best treatments to encourage a speedy recovery.

Below is a recipe for a very simple and effective Honey-Garlic Cough Syrup that is soothing for sore throats and filled with immune boosting and infection fighting properties. 

Does it smell and taste like garlic? Certainly, but the sweetness of honey makes it taste surprisingly good and you might even find you enjoy its flavours.  If you’re worried about a slight garlic odour it is important to remember that colds and flus are contagious and it is best to avoid close contact with others while symptoms are present.  With that in mind, the mild garlic scent will likely go unnoticed and it is well worth its medicinal properties.

Ingredients and Actions

  • Peeled cloves of garlic, 1-3 heads depending on desired quantity
    • Strengthens the immune system (1). Has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties (2).
  • Unpasteurized Honey – enough to cover garlic
    • Anti-bacterial, anti-viral activity and anti-inflammatory.  Honey helps form a protective barrier to prevent infection and support wound healing thereby having a soothing effect on sore throats (3).


  • Simply place peeled garlic cloves in a jar and pour enough honey to cover garlic by approximately 1 inch.  Close lid tightly and store in a cool, dark place.  The honey will be ready to consume after the garlic has infused for just one day.  The garlic can be consumed after a few days but will be much tastier after it has infused for two months or longer and has become candied. 
  • The syrup will last for a year or more.


  • Take 1tsp of honey every 2-4 hours as needed.
  • For more potent immune boosting and cold fighting activity, eat a candied clove of garlic 3-6 times daily.

 Optional additions:

  • You can add other herbs such as ginger for additional flavour and medicinal properties. Ginger helps reduce nausea and inflammation while helping to warm the body to an optimal temperature to improve immune function(4).


-        Honey is not to be consumed by children under the age of one.


1.     "Garlic." University of Maryland Medical Center. Web. 30 Nov. 2015. <https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/garlic>.

2.     Ankri, Serge, and David Mirelman. "Antimicrobial properties of allicin from garlic." Microbes and infection 1.2 (1999): 125-129.

3.     Mandal, Manisha Deb, and Shyamapada Mandal. "Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity." Asian Pacific journal of tropical biomedicine1.2 (2011): 154-160.

4.     Godfrey, Anthony, et al. Principles and practices of naturopathic botanical medicine. Volume I: botanical medicine monographs. CCNM Press Inc, 2010.