All Natural DIY Pineapple Cough Syrup + Video

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!

*Note: If you have a serious or persistent cough, see your doctor.  This natural cough syrup will not take the place of prescribed medications, and is meant to be used to soothe and help alleviate symptoms.  

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!

I have other soothing recipes on the blog to help you through the flu season ~

healthy and all natural cough remedy!

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

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.
https://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.

 

 

 

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Other homemade remedies to try—

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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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77 Comments

  • Reply
    Stacy
    April 11, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Do you think I could add oil of oregano?

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      Sue
      April 11, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      I’ve never used that Stacy, but if it’s food grade then I don’t see why not.

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    Rick
    March 9, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Can you use frozen pineapples for this cough syrup?

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      Sue
      March 9, 2018 at 9:50 am

      I assume so!

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    Ashley
    February 8, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Aww this was great I actually ate a few pineapple pieces I had in the freezer and my sore throat was instantly relieved so I made this for my toddlers and myself and it was great. Such a relief for us all. Of course I omitted the cayenne

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      Sue
      February 8, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Hope you’re all on the road to recovery Ashley <3

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    Doreen
    January 23, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Thanks Sue for this recipe. I have been experimenting with different cough mixtures and I leave out ingredients that I don’t want. e.g. cayenne which is too hot. I use ground black pepper instead. I do however understand the benefits of using cayenne which also has healing properties. I have pineapple every day in smoothies so I am happy now to use this as the base for my new cough preparation. I was surprised to read that the bromelain is in the core. Good to know. I already use the core. I use the whole pineapple.
    I will process the pineapple and ginger but will add the pepper and honey at the end so as not to liquidise the honey. I want it thick. Thank You

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      Sue
      January 23, 2018 at 10:40 am

      You’re so welcome, and I think the black pepper will help in a similar way to the cayenne.

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    Kay
    January 15, 2018 at 6:44 am

    After dealing with an allergy cough for the last six months I decided to try this remedy. The good news is that it really kicked my cough! The bad news is that it tore up my stomach. I did add a little extra ginger and I did not add the cayenne pepper. I used it for two days fairly regularly and also was eating some fresh pineapple as well. Maybe I just got too much. However, my grown son made some as well and he had the same results – cough gone – stomach upset. Disappointed since it really did take care of the cough.

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      Sue
      January 15, 2018 at 6:49 am

      That’s too bad, Kay. Maybe the extra pineapple was too much. It’s strange because pineapple is actually know to ease stomach upsets, and stomach pain from eating pineapple is usually from an allergy of some kind. I wonder if you and your son are sensitive to pineapple and didn’t know it?

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    Amanda
    December 19, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Is it meant to be fiery? Just made this and it’s really hot!!!

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      Sue
      December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

      The heat is part of its effectiveness, Amanda, but absolutely tone it down to taste.

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      Doreen
      January 23, 2018 at 9:00 am

      I cannot use cayenne pepper as it is too hot, and I am used to eating hot food. I use black pepper instead

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    SHIRISH AGARWAL
    April 13, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Thanks, Great recipe! I added half a teaspoon of turmeric for an anti-inflammatory boost and used 6 whole peppercorns instead of cayenne to improve absorption of curcumin.

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      Sue
      April 13, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Nice! Thanks Shirish!

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    Pauline
    December 11, 2016 at 8:39 am

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

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      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.

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      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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        Cynthia
        May 13, 2017 at 7:32 am

        I used frozen pineapple that I had cut and frozen myself. I think it worked wonderfully! My family and I really enjoyed the coolness of the frozen pineapple, it helped our throats! This worked with the fresh pineapple I had a few days ago and it worked with the frozen also.

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          Sue
          May 13, 2017 at 7:38 am

          I’m so glad to hear that Cynthia ~ I love the idea of the cooling effect of the frozen fruit, did you make it like a smoothie type thing?

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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!

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      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

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      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?

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      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!

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      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?

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      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 :))))

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      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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