Citrus Oregano Cough Syrup

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Citrus Oregano Cough Syrup, a homemade remedy, made of citrus peels, fresh oregano, honey and a splash of vodka for an ancient wellness remedy.

Citrus & Oregano Oil and Honey
Citrus & Oregano Oil and Honey

Home Remedy Flu and Cough Syrups

Evidently, these ingredients combined into a cough syrup, have all the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and vitamin boost needed to calm a cough. 

Whenever I’ve been under the weather, I panic because over the counter meds make me feel things in my body I don’t ordinarily feel.

Therefore, I am always in search of home remedies that will help me feel better when I need them, even if I have to grow the ingredients!

Homemade Cough Syrup

Nothing soothes a cough better than lemon and honey, but this cough syrup is on steroids!

This pot of ‘seemingly trash’, with end cuttings from a heap of citrus, a cluster of fresh oregano (like, from my own potted variety), and raw honey is exactly what any cough doesn’t want in its way! Why? 

Citrus Honey and Oregano Cough Syrup
Citrus Honey and Oregano Cough Syrup

Oil Of Oregano For A Cough

Ever heard of oil of oregano? It’s medicinal benefits, even though most brands are mixed with other oils, are a natural anti-inflammatory, so just boil fresh oregano for all its medicinal properties.

Think about your lungs in need of something to reduce any inflammation from a cough instigated by anything from an allergy to this boogyman virus.

Boil the fresh leaves in this mixture of citrus end pieces and drink to your health!

Real Oil of Oregano From My Oregano Gardin
Real Oil Of Oregano From My Oregano Garden

Citrus Oil For Colds and Virus

Lemon and Orange peels? Please! Citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C and other substances that promote immunity and fight infection, is the reason why. 

Lemons have natural healing power. And to think I may have cut the ends off and thrown them away! 

Now I store them in the freezer to add to my Wellness Soups in the winter months for the cough and sickness season.

When I am in need of citrus juice in other recipes, I often peel the skin and store a small container of the peels for other needs, such as this one. 

Citrus As Medicine
Citrus As Medicine

Raw Honey For A Cough

Raw honey. It must be raw honey. Not that wet stuff that pours like syrup. Raw honey is natures gift to our body. It is loaded with properties that are antibacterial and anti fungal. 

It’s plant chemicals act as antioxidants. Raw honey alone will soothe the throat and aid in coughing.

These are all things we will need to comfort us when we become ladened with this virus or any unwell time.

Raw Honey For A Cough
Raw Honey For A Cough

Homemade Medicinal Gummies For A Cough

It was said to me, by my daughter in law, that ‘the boys (I thought she meant just my grandsons), wouldn’t take vitamins or medicine unless it was in the form of a gummy’

How was I to know that she included ‘hubby’, my son, in that rat pack of boys she was referring to! LOL. 

So, I set out to do what any good mommy/grandma does; find a solution. 

With the help of a pinch of gelatin or agar agar (a plant gelatin powder), I was able to make a huge batch of

Elderberry Gummies at the onset of school season, ie cold and flu season. 

Citrus Oregano Gummies

Then, I realized I could also make medicinal gummies for them to suck on, by using the recipe here for a homemade cough syrup. 

Wouldn’t you know it, while I simply used a sheet pan to set the gummies and then cut them into cubes; my grandsons (or maybe it was my son, wink), gave me cute little molds to shape more gummies in the future.

I suppose us kids never really grow up, especially when we feel sick and in need of comfort! LOL. 

Homemade Wellness Gummies
Homemade Wellness Gummies

Citrus Grocery Shopping In Times Of A Virus

When the C-monster virus first hit, grocery stores were fast to empty their shelves and freezer sections, but oddly, many items in produce still remained. 

Why? Because people know they will spoil fast, and yet the produce section was the first place I stocked up on. Why?

Simply because I knew how to transform fresh produce into foods that will last me several weeks, if not months. 

Citrus Stocked In My Freezer
Citrus Stocked In My Freezer

Ingredients Needed

  • Citrus peels
  • Fresh oregano
  • Raw honey
  • Water
  • Vodka

Equipment Needed

  • Stock pot
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Measuring cup
  • Strainer
  • Airtight Jars
Citrus Oregano Cough Syrup

Citrus Oregano Cough Syrup

Citrus peels, fresh oregano, honey and a splash of vodka combined into a cough syrup has all the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and vitamin boost needed to calm a cough. 
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Course: Health Hacks
Cuisine: Health
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 16 ounces
Calories: 300kcal


  • Citrus peels – 2 cups, lemons, limes, oranges and/or grapefruit
  • Fresh oregano – 6 stalks
  • Raw Honey – 1 cup
  • Water – 2 1/2 cups
  • Vodka – 1/4 cup (optional)


  • Slice peels, ends, pulp, even a little flesh from a variety of citrus fruits. Place them in a large pot.
  • Add oregano stalks and water. Bring to a boil. Lower and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add honey and vodka if using. Allow to cool completely and steep.
  • Strain and store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or frozen in small batches.


Calories: 300kcal
Citrus Oregano Cough Syrup
Citrus Oregano Cough Syrup

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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1 year ago

What a wonderful recipe and very timely posted! I bet this syrup actually tastes good too.


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