All Natural DIY Pineapple Cough Syrup

Homemade Pineapple Cough Syrup

At the first sign of a cough or sniffle, skip the trip to the corner drugstore and make up a batch of this All Natural DIY Pineapple Cough Syrup ~ it’s effective, and delicious!

Homemade pineapple based cough syrup is just as effective as the over the counter sutff and it tastes sooooo much better!

I have to confess, I’m a big fat sissy when it comes to medicine.  I’d much rather suffer a cough than down some of that nasty stuff they sell over the counter.  I cringe just thinking about it.  So when I read about the surprising cough suppressing benefits of pineapple, I was all over it.

The deal is that pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, and it’s been proven to help control coughing and mucus.  I mixed it with ginger, another natural anti-inflammatory, honey, a throat soother, warming chili pepper, and astringent lemon to make a potent but delicious cough remedy.   At the first sign of a tickle in your throat, mix up a batch and keep it in the fridge.  Take it as often as needed; it will give you a nutrition boost with each dose!  It’s easy to mix up in a blender, and it will keep in the fridge for at least a week or more.

A delicious and effective all natural cough syrup!

This is a real godsend if you have kids who aren’t keen on yucky cough syrup, or if you are just trying to avoid the extra ingredients and side effects of mass produced medications.  The proportions in this recipe are approximate, so you can play with them to suit your taste.  Young children may not want the cayenne, and some adults might appreciate even more than I’ve added.

TIP: Be sure to use fresh pineapple —  you can juice it if you have a juicer, or process it in a blender or food processor.  Canned or pasteurized juice won’t have the same benefits.

healthy, natural and delicious way to ease a cough

There’s quite a bit of controversy about whether pharmaceutical cough medications have any effect at all, and lots of professionals have come out and recommended simpler, homemade remedies as being just as effective, and cheaper.  This one has the added benefit of being delicious!

Try my DIY Hibiscus and Lemon Cough Drops too!

All Natural DIY Pineapple Cough Syrup

Yield: about a cup

All Natural DIY Pineapple Cough Syrup

Ingredients

  • 2 thick slices of fresh pineapple, peel removed, but core intact (about two good cups)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (omit or reduce for children)
  • a thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced or rough chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Give the pineapple a rough chop, including the core, which is not only edible but particularly healthy.
  2. Blend everything up in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Use as is, or push the mixture through a mesh strainer to get a smoother syrup.
  4. Keep in the refrigerator and take as needed.
http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/all-natural-diy-pineapple-cough-syrup/

notes:

  • Do not give anything with honey to children under 1 year old.
  • If you have a persistent cough, seek medical attention.

healthy and all natural cough remedy!

Don’t let a cough ruin your holidays, mix up a batch today!

 

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At the first sign of a cough or sniffle, skip the trip to the corner drugstore try this All Natural DIY Pineapple Cough Syrup ~ it really works! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

 

Other homemade remedies to try—

Homemade Cough Remedy | Barefeet in the Kitchen

Honey Thyme Cough Syrup | Cafe Johnsonia

Onion Honey Cough Syrup | The Clean Dish

Honey and Lemon Tea | Simply Recipes

Garlic Honey Sore Throat Remedy | Healthy Green Kitchen

DIY Honey Cough Drops | Bakeaholic Mama

Hibiscus and Lemon Cough Drops | The View from Great Island

Cough-Be-Gone Tea | The Clean Dish

 

 

 

60 Comments

  • Reply
    Pauline
    December 11, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Hi! How long does it take to cure the cough?

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 11, 2016 at 8:55 am

      This isn’t a cure, Pauline, but it will ease the symptoms. It should act right away to sooth the throat and calm a cough.

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    Amanda Hampshire
    December 10, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Hi sue I just finished Making this and making my husband and 1.5 year old take it too as they both have dry coughs. But how much for adult and how muchfor little ones. Thank you again.

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 10, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Hi Amanda ~ since this is a natural food product the amount to take is up to you, see what helps, and know that you can’t over-do it! Hope they feel better :)

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    Vicky Deese
    December 8, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Sue, my pediatrician is now recommending pineapple juice and honey and I am so thrilled to see your recipe. His is just 2 tbsp. juice to same amount of honey and take 2 tbsp every 4 hours. Yours sounds so much better. Wondering though, does it need to be refrigerated?
    Many thanks, Vicky

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      Sue
      December 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      That’s so cool Vicky ~ and yes, it should be refrigerated for longer term storage, although you could leave it out all day without a problem.

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    Irene
    October 21, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Hi,
    Do you think it would work the same if I use two cups of frozen pineapple instead ?

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      Sue
      October 21, 2016 at 7:05 am

      I believe that the raw pineapple is best, Irene, but you could certainly try it.

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    KC
    September 21, 2016 at 9:46 am

    This looks great…however for those using it for children, please remember kids under 1 year should not have raw honey!

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      Sue
      September 21, 2016 at 10:35 am

      I mention that in my notes, KC, but it can’t be said enough!

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    Nickoel
    September 17, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I just made this! Added turmeric instead of cayenne and a lil shot of apple cider vinegar. The kids loved it!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Here’s to a cough-free season!

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    nammi
    September 6, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    This is one yummu tasting cough remedy :) both my boys are down with a nasty cold and cough should try to see if it works

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    Sherri
    February 23, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Hello:
    I am excited as I am making this for my daughter, and just wondering… Does heating it up make the active ingredients less effective?
    Sherri

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 24, 2016 at 5:49 am

      I think you could heat it gently, but I wouldn’t cook it.

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    Judy
    February 6, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Hi my husband Has a cough and refuses to go to the Dr. I read about pineapples are good for a cough but was misinformed. I gave him the pineapples from a can including the juice and of course it didn’t work. I will go shopping to try your remedy which seems to make sense to me. Thank you so much for this info.

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      Judy
      February 6, 2016 at 5:57 am

      My husband is seventy years old, how much should I give him?

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 6, 2016 at 7:18 am

      You’re welcome Judy, coughs can be so annoying and worrisome, especially when they hang around too long. Fresh pineapples will be better than the canned, but if your husband’s cough gets worse, better drag him to the doc ;) Hope he feels better soon, and as for the dose, he can have as much as he likes.

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    Ana Silva
    February 4, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Hi Sue, can I use frozen chunks? I don’t have a fresh pineapple handy and my house is one big cough town!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      I think that should be fine Ana — hope everybody feels better soon <3

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    Sarah
    January 17, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Hello :) I’ve had an on/off wet and dry cough for over a werk now. I’ve tried everything, and have decided to try essential oils. But I’m going to try this first. When making it can I put the pineapple/ginger/lemon in the juicer then add the pepper and honey after?

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 17, 2016 at 7:31 am

      Yes, absolutely, and hope you feel better Sarah.

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    Suresh
    December 16, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Hi Sue,

    The cold and cough terrible at winter season and I had it now. I tried having the pineapple and I can see the effect of it.

    My mom was surprised when I asked for pineapple :)

    Thanks
    Suresh

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    Fiona
    December 16, 2015 at 3:02 am

    hi sue, thank you so much for this receipe, it is absolutely delicious! How much could I give my 21 month old? She is very mucousy and has a wet cough at the moment. Her doctor says it will clear up of its own accord, which is great but would love to give it a help along! I blame the dreaded teething process :) Could I give her 2 tbsp twice per day? Or more? That’s if I don’t drink it all myself :))))

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 16, 2015 at 8:33 am

      I really think you can give it as needed, Fiona, nothing in it will hurt your daughter — hope she feels better!

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        Fiona
        December 18, 2015 at 6:59 am

        Thanks a million Sue!

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    audrey
    October 20, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Just wondering what is the correct amount to give my 4 year old or even a adult

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 20, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Since this is a natural, real food, solution, Audrey, it’s really up to you, you can take as much as you need. I’d start with a few tablespoons for your 4 year old, but give more as needed.

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    Flo
    September 24, 2015 at 9:01 am

    this is so good, instead of having a cold for weeks, this took it away in just a few days, thanks for sharing. I added 9-10 drops of thieves oil to give it that extra added boost, it made it a bit too strong so next time may only add 5 drops of thieves oil…lol

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 24, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Thanks for the feedback Flo — I’m so glad it helped. I’ve never heard of thieves oil, I’ve got to look it up!

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      Diane Espinoza
      October 30, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Flo, please do some research on ingesting essential oil. Thieves oil has some very irritating ingredients.
      Be very careful . Good luck

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    April Huntley
    September 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Just wondering if I could freeze the whole mixture…..I can’t think of a reason why not, but thought someone mighy have an opinion that I haven’t thought of!! Thanks so much!!

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    matt
    August 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    i am SO excited to share this wonderfully creative solution that is food sourced, rather than mysteriously emanating from a factory/lab and packaged in plastic (with a plastic shrinkwrapped seal, for our safety, of *course!*) and cardboard! my mother has been fighting like a warrior against her chronic bronchitis complicated seriously by losing her kidneys to PKD over a decade ago. ~=°`~=°`~=°` i DO have a comment re: your statement about pharmaceutical cough preparations and some pros claiming negligible efficacy. *-* dextromethorphan Hbr is an antitussive (robiTUSSIN, anyone?) that is in most combosymptom OTC products in the us. its chemical makeup and effects are quite close to more than one abused substance; PCP and the opioids (morphine etc) are the most notable. the really glaring problem with the statement you made was that it was sourced from Wikipedia and the source questioning the usefulness of “cough medicine” was skewed because it was made in reference number a study about children ONLY. sadly, many parents believe that they are relieving their suffering children’s discomfort, when rather they are hijacking a beautiful process that until only very recently in human history (so very similar to the marketing of soaps and razors and on and on…like this comment ?) needed much more than TLC and i am glad to see alternatives like this that CAN be consumed as needed, opposed to dextromethorphan Hbr, a drug well known to be abused by teens because other, much less toxic drugs aren’t available because it, by itself or combined, is the ONLY OTC drug that definitively reduces cough in adults. thanks for your help!

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    Sars
    July 17, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Great recipe! Do you think freezing the pineapple would effect the healing properties?

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 17, 2015 at 8:14 am

      I’m not sure, Sars, sorry!

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        April Huntley
        September 20, 2015 at 8:15 pm

        I always take a portion of the fresh pineapple that I buy and freeze it in case I need to make this recipe. It seems to work just fine!

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    Rebekah
    March 21, 2015 at 5:29 am

    My son is on the Autism Spectrum and also has Sensory Processing Disorder. He will not take medicines and we try to keep everything he gets as natural as possible I am heading to the store now to get the things to make this. Poor kid woke up coughing.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 21, 2015 at 7:31 am

      So sorry Rebekah, this should give him some relief. I know what it’s like to have a kid who refuses medicine!

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    Laurena
    March 18, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    What is the shelf (fridge) life of this? How long before it needs to be used up or thrown out?

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 18, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      About a month, Laurena.

  • Reply
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    Cathy
    January 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I just made this and gave it to my 6yr old as he has strep. My only caution, it is spicy! So maybe omit the cayenne or reduce it.

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 2, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Good point, Cathy. I’ll make a note of that in the recipe, thanks!

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        Cathy
        January 2, 2015 at 3:25 pm

        Well, it might be spicy, but he is now passed out asleep and no more coughing than OTC meds! I just told him it’s like taking meds, just drink it. Other kids might not be as easy as mine though when it comes to medicine. Thanks for posting!

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    lulu
    December 18, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    What is the dosage? 1 tsp? More?

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 19, 2014 at 5:40 am

      There’s no set dose, I drink a small juice glass of it as needed!

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    frank
    December 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Sounds delicious. I wanted to point out that the bromelaine is located almost entirely in the core of the pineapple, so 8t is crucial not to leave the core out.

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    Christina
    December 14, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    So much better than chemicals!!!

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    December 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm

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  • Reply
    cheri
    December 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Sue, I have been battling a nasty cough for about 3 weeks now, the doctor prescribed something but I’m afraid to take it and drive in the day time, will try this.

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    Toni Dash
    December 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I love this Susan. I usually get a cough a few times a year as does my son and it takes f-o-r-ever to kick. I definitely will be back when the next round passes through our house to try this. So creative too.

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      Sue
      December 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      I get that kind of thing, too, Toni. I know a lot of people who do, too, and it’s so frustrating when it goes into the third week or so of non stop coughing…hopefully this will help!

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    Jennifer @ Also Known As...the Wife
    December 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    We’ve all had annoying coughs on and off for the last month. I’ll gladly use this then the medicated stuff just for scratch throats. Thanks!

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    Susan
    December 11, 2014 at 9:39 am

    What a great idea! Next cold I have I’m going to try it. So much tastier and healthier than the alternative.

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 11, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Agreed :)

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    Andi
    December 11, 2014 at 7:16 am

    We feel the same way about medicine chez nous and always try for homeopathic and natural remedies first, I have never heard of this application for pineapple – and I love it! I am going to use the next time we have coughs – brilliant!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 11, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Supposedly Andi it’s 5 times better than over the counter cough medicine at calming a cough. Definitely worth a try!

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    Amanda
    December 11, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I’m so glad you posted this, amazing!

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    Chris+@+The+Café+Sucré+Farine
    December 11, 2014 at 6:02 am

    This is pretty cool Sue, I just like you and can’t stomach those nasty cough medicines. Taking those is much worse than being sick to me :) My husband always says that’s the one area I’m quite wimpy in. I might even put this on ice cream!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 11, 2014 at 7:15 am

      My husband gets so frustrated with me when i won’t take medicine, but I agree, sometimes it’s worse than being sick ;)

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