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


  • 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


  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.


  • 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! ~


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




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60 Responses to All Natural DIY Pineapple Cough Syrup

  1. Pauline says:

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

    • Sue says:

      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.

  2. Amanda Hampshire says:

    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.

    • Sue says:

      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 :)

  3. Vicky Deese says:

    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

    • Sue says:

      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.

  4. Irene says:

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

  5. KC says:

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

  6. Nickoel says:

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

  7. nammi says:

    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

  8. Sherri says:

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

  9. Judy says:

    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.

    • Judy says:

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

    • Sue says:

      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.

  10. Ana Silva says:

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

  11. Sarah says:

    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?

  12. Suresh says:

    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 :)


  13. Fiona says:

    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 :))))

  14. audrey says:

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

    • Sue says:

      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.

  15. Flo says:

    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

    • Sue says:

      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!

    • Diane Espinoza says:

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

  16. April Huntley says:

    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!!

  17. matt says:

    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!

  18. Sars says:

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

  19. Rebekah says:

    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.

    • Sue says:

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

  20. Laurena says:

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

  21. […] Recipe adapted from: The View From Great Island […]

  22. Cathy says:

    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.

    • Sue says:

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

      • Cathy says:

        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!

  23. lulu says:

    What is the dosage? 1 tsp? More?

  24. frank says:

    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.

  25. Christina says:

    So much better than chemicals!!!

  26. […] own remedies from food.  I have never done this, but Susan of The View from Great Island shared an all natural DIY pineapple cough syrup that I am going to make the next time there is a cough going around our house.  I really love this […]

  27. cheri says:

    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.

  28. Toni Dash says:

    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.

    • Sue says:

      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!

  29. 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!

  30. Susan says:

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

  31. Andi says:

    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!

  32. Amanda says:

    I’m so glad you posted this, amazing!

  33. 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!

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