A couple weeks ago, Isaiah, my 2-year-old, came down with a nasty cough and a low-grade fever so off I went, searching for natural remedies to help his body heal itself and to ease his symptoms so he could feel better… fast!
I started at my go-to spot. A private Facebook group I’m a part of. I love it. It’s a great place where we ladies get to know each other, goof off, encourage each other in lots of different areas, and at the same time get great advice and suggestions on health topics.
A conversation happened to be going on about little ones and congestion so I jumped in looking for help soothing a cough. There were tons of great comments, but one in particular stood out to me.
My friend Joan, said she gave her kids cacao powder and honey when they had a cough. I’d never heard about using cacao powder for a cough, but she said it was mainly for the flavoring and it got her kids to take it. It just so happens to be good for coughs too. Win – win!
From there I went on to search for other things that were supposed to be great for coughs, but first… I needed to know what kind of cough I was dealing with because the treatment would be different for each one.
After I figured out what kind of cough my kiddo had, I was off to research cough remedies and see what ingredients I needed to have on hand to make what I needed.
When it came down to making things for his cough, I opted for a doozy of a cough syrup that combined lots of the anti-cough goodies I’d learned about. I also tried some other recipes I came across online to help with coughs as well, but this was, hands-down, Isaiah’s favorite!
How To Make Chocolate Herbal Cough Syrup
This cough syrup is… #1 delicious… and #2 full of all-natural goodies known to help with coughs. Your kids will love it and you will too!
- 1 T. cacao powder
- 1 T. raw honey (use maple syrup for kids under 1 year of age)
- fresh juice from half a small lemon
- 1 dropper (60 drops) of Herb Pharm Lung Expectorant Tincture
- Add all ingredients in jar. Mix until well blended.
- Taste and see if it needs a little extra of anything. Add more honey for more sweetness or to thin your syrup… add more cocoa for more chocolate flavor or to thicken it.
I give one teaspoon every 1-2 hours as needed.
*Not for children under 1 year