Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe with Daikon and Honey

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This Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe is a whole-food remedy made from only two natural ingredients: daikon and honey! Are you experiencing a dry cough? If yes, give this one a try!

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Honey daikon in a jar.

Honey and daikon (Japanese radish) pair up nicely, and this old-fashioned cough syrup recipe will naturally ease a sore throat and persistent cough. You can try this for a healthier option than store-bought cough syrup. It’s a simple and effective solution for your well-being.

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • Prepare your natural cough remedy effortlessly in less than 5 minutes.
  • Easily make your own cough syrup with simple ingredients.
  • The leftover daikon makes for a delicious and satisfying snack.

Daikon: Japanese Radish

Daikon, often called white radish, is a winter radish variety known for its elongated shape and crisp texture. It is a very common vegetable in Japanese and Asian cooking. Learn more in this quick guide, “How to Cook Japanese Daikon Radish.”

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Natural Cough Syrup:

Daikon and honey.
  • Daikon – The flavor of daikon varies based on the part you choose: opt for the upper part, closer to the leaves, for a sweeter and juicier taste compared to the lower part. You can learn more about Japanese daikon radish cooking further with this How To Cook Daikon.
  • Honey – Choose raw honey or one without added artificial sweeteners.

How To Make Homemade Cough Syrup: STEP BY STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions! You can go to the printable recipe card below for all the detailed ingredients and instructions.

How to make homemade cough syrup.

Step 1

Put dice cut daikon in a small glass jar and pour honey.

How to make homemade cough syrup.

Step 2

Close the lid and let it sit for one hour or more.

How to make homemade cough syrup.

30 Mins Later

While it sits, the natural syrup forms as the water from the daikon comes out.

How to make homemade cough syrup.

1 Hour later

The daikon will become smaller and crunchier as you leave, like pickles.

Pouring water into a mug.

Once the daikon has released its moisture completely, it’s ready for consumption. Enjoy the syrup by scooping 2-3 teaspoons, or mix it with hot water or herbal tea for a comforting warmth. You can also add a splash of fresh lemon juice or a hint of ground ginger for an extra layer of flavor.

Recipe Tips

  • Remove the daikon from the jar after one day, as it may acquire a subtle astringency.
  • The remaining daikon is crunchy and sweet, so don’t discard it! Enjoy it as a side dish or a tasty snack.

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Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe with Daikon and Honey

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Prep: 1 minute
Rest: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 1 minute
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Juri Austin
This Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe is a whole-food remedy made from only two natural ingredients: daikon and honey! Are you experiencing a dry cough? If yes, give this one a try!

Equipment

  • 1 Weck mold jars 250ml

Ingredients

  • 150 g Daikon, 3cm/1.2inches
  • 3 Tbsp Honey, 60g

Instructions

  • Peel the daikon, dice it into small pieces, and put them in a jar.
  • Pour honey over the daikon, cover the jar, and allow it to infuse for at least one hour or overnight.

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Notes

  • Storage: 5 days in the refrigerator
  • Remove the daikon from the jar after one day, as it may acquire a subtle astringency.
  • The remaining daikon is crunchy and sweet, so don’t discard it! Enjoy it as a side dish or a tasty snack.
  • *Babies younger than 1-year-old should not be given honey.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 5.1mg | Sugar: 8.1g
Course: Other
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: cough syrup, daikon radish for cough
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6 Comments

  1. Bonjour,combien de temps se garde cette préparation s’il vous plaît ? Au frigo ? À température ambiante?merci

    1. Hi Peg, thanks for your comment. Let the syrup sit in the fridge for 1 to 3 hours before drinking. You can store it in the fridge for about five days. I hope this helps!

      1. Hi Molly, if you can’t find daikon at your local grocery store, try to find it at local Asian grocery stores and farmer’s markets. You can also substitute it with white turnips. I hope you can find it!