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!

3.31 from 235 votes

All Natural DIY 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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Yield 1 cup
Author Sue Moran


  • 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


  • Give the pineapple a rough chop, including the core, which is not only edible but particularly healthy.
  • Blend everything up in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • Use as is, or push the mixture through a mesh strainer to get a smoother syrup.
  • Keep in the refrigerator and take as needed.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • 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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  • Reply
    October 12, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    4 stars
    So for those of you asking “dosage” I started it like “cough syrup” (one spoonful for a few hours) for a bad cough and then realized I could use as much as I wanted. I started downing 2 or 3 spoonfuls every 20 to 30 minutes. The “dosage” is keep taking it until your cough suppresses sufficiently. I went through an entire pineapple in a few days. So don’t consider it like “medicine” its “food” take as many spoonfuls as you want until it works. It is “acidic” so too much of it may cause some people some issues.

  • Reply
    March 30, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Hi there,

    Have you ever tried omitting the honey for younger children? Will it have the same effects?


    • Reply
      March 30, 2020 at 9:56 am

      I think the honey does help, but definitely you’d need to omit it for young children. It’s worth a try without it, for sure.

      • Reply
        April 11, 2020 at 3:26 pm

        5 stars
        When will I notice the difference in the cough

        • Reply
          April 11, 2020 at 3:41 pm

          It should be an instant relief Maricela. But keep in mind this is just for soothing a mild cough, if you have a bad or persistent cough you’ll need to talk to your doctor.

  • Reply
    Jessica tavera
    March 28, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    5 stars
    What’s the shelf life? Do you keep it In The fridge?

  • Reply
    September 17, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    This is great. Thank you. I remember something similar our Grandma used to make when we were kids. I think hers had a bit of cinnamon too. I’m making a batch of this for myself and my grandkids because between elementary school germs and preschool germs we gonna need all the remedies we can get around here.

    • Reply
      September 17, 2019 at 7:32 pm

      Gosh I don’t miss that stage one bit, those germs are nasty!

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