Honey makes a very effective (and quite tasty) natural cough syrup and studies are demonstrating that honey may be an inexpensive treatment for cough in those with upper respiratory tract infections (URIs).
Drinking tea or warm lemon water mixed with honey is a time-honored way to soothe a sore throat. But honey alone may be an effective cough suppressant, too. In one study, children age 2 and older with upper respiratory tract infections were given up to 2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) of honey at bedtime.
Keep in mind that the regular use of honey may encourage cavities in children who don’t brush regularly and could result in hyperactivity or changes in sleep patterns.
Here is a natural way to enhance this natural remedy for coughs.
Combine water and herbs in saucepan. Bring herb and water mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until volume is reduced by half. Strain liquid into cup using a cheesecloth or mesh strainer to remove herbs. While the liquid is still warm, mix in lemon juice and honey. Stir well and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Another classic favorite:
Warm water on stovetop or in microwave. Add lemon juice and honey. Sip on warm tea before sleep or throughout the day.