Instant Pot Calming Cough Syrup

Before the school year started, I knew that coughs and colds would be inevitable. We homeschooled last year so this would be my children’s first time in a school environment. You can read more here about my decision to stop homeschooling and send my kids to public school. I did everything I could to boost my children’s immune systems before school started with things like elderberry syrup and making sure they were getting enough sleep.

Despite my best efforts, my daughter inevitably came down with a cold on the third day of school.

I try to avoid medication whenever possible and like to treat minor illness with natural remedies. The cough that accompanied her other common cold symptoms prompted me to make a homemade natural cough syrup. Traditional store-bought cough syrup is not recommended for children under the age of six and can cause harmful side effects. Like any parent, I want to do what’s best for my children while also ensuring that are in the least discomfort possible.


Choosing to make this in my Instant Pot was an obvious choice because I LOVE making everything in it including this other Instant Pot favorite, Elderberry Syrup and Gummies. The recipe can be adjusted based on personal preference. Herbs like thyme or peppermint can be added. You could even add cayenne for an extra kick. This cough syrup can also be made on the stove top if you do not own or have access to an Instant Pot.



4.75 from 4 votes

Instant Pot Calming Cough Syrup

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 cups


  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 3 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (or juice from one lemon)


  1. Add water, chopped ginger, garlic and cinnamon sticks into Instant Pot.

  2. Turn on Instant Pot to Saute and let ingredients simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Turn off Instant Pot and let the liquid cool for 5 minutes.

  4. Strain the mixture into a bowl so that only the liquid remains. Discard the rest of the ingredients.

  5. Return the liquid to the Instant Pot. Add in remaining ingredients and stir until well incorporated.

  6. Store cough syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Dosage: For adults, take one tablespoon and for children give one teaspoon as needed to calm coughs and soothe sore throats. 

*Do not give honey to children under one year old.*

Health Benefits

Raw Honey

  • look for raw and unfiltered honey (local if possible)
  • anitbacterial and antifungal properties
  • helps soothe sore throats


  • antifungal and antiviral properties
  • immune system booster
  • assists your body in fighting off an infection

Ginger Root

  • functions as a natural pain killer
  • can reduce the frequency of coughing
  • loosens congestion
  • immune system booster




*The information in this post is in no way meant to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your health care provider before taking any new supplement.* 

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  • Cristine
    Posted September 9, 2018 12:56 pm 0Likes

    This looks like a great alternative to commercial products. I hate the effects of all the alcohol and other stuff in cough medicine. Do you know how long this keeps in the refrigerator?

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  • Stefani
    Posted November 1, 2018 1:38 pm 0Likes

    Being a naturalist myself, I’m loving this recipe! Will definitely be using this next time me or my fiancé come down with a cough!

  • Linda
    Posted November 1, 2018 4:48 pm 0Likes

    I love homemade remedy like this because you’re more aware of the ingredients you add, and ginger definitely change the mood here.

  • Luci
    Posted November 2, 2018 12:41 am 0Likes

    I’m always looking for a natural alternative for cough medicine. Going to give this a try.

  • Kate Findley
    Posted November 2, 2018 3:14 am 0Likes

    Like you, I’m not big on cough syrup, but I often find myself coming down with sore throats during the school year (I’m a teacher). I’ll have to try this recipe. It actually sounds delicious, so maybe I’ll try it even if I don’t have a cold!

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted November 2, 2018 10:42 am 0Likes

      I’m sure you are exposed to a lot of germs as a teacher! My kids really liked the taste of this cough syrup!

  • Stine Mari
    Posted November 2, 2018 5:33 am 0Likes

    What a great cough syrup. And I’m with you on treating minor illness with natural remedies before medication! People over medicate like crazy, in my opinion.

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted November 2, 2018 10:42 am 0Likes

      I totally agree! I try to at least start with the most natural treatment first.

  • Charlotte
    Posted November 2, 2018 6:02 am 0Likes

    This is such a good recipe thanks for sharing. I will definitely give this a try..I know I will be needing it one day especially now the weather is getting colder.

  • Shannan Panganiban
    Posted November 2, 2018 10:09 am 0Likes

    This is awesome! I never thought of making my own!

  • Anna Hettick
    Posted November 2, 2018 10:41 am 0Likes

    My husband and I always end up with at least one nasty cough each season. Definitely saving this for those times!

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  • Danita
    Posted January 27, 2019 3:26 pm 0Likes

    I would like to own a lot of land too, just so I can grow my own fruits and vegetables.

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      Posted January 27, 2019 3:30 pm 0Likes

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