Natural cold and cough remedy for children

Cold and cough have your kids down? Are you looking for a natural remedy to help kids with their colds and cough? Try this recipe. This is the first thing I do whenever someone is sick in the house and it almost always works!  When I was sick last year with a bad cold and was still nursing I did not have any cough syrup options on the market that I could take (I was out of the country then). My wise father insisted I try this ayurveda recipe as it will help me with my congestion. After some push back I eventually gave in and boy I was fine in 24 hours!

So now whenever my 3.5 year old or even my 1 year old fall sick with a cough or a cold I make this recipe for them. I am really glad I have this recipe in my repertoire as most of the times I forget which over the counter cough syrup is good/safe for the kids, plus you cannot give most of the cough syrup to under 2 year olds. No such restrictions with this recipe.

In Northern India it is known as ‘Kada’ or ‘kara’, it is basically a bunch of spices boiled together for 20 minutes. It smells divine when you are making it and it so tasty to consume. It comforts your sore throat, unblocks your nose, decongests your chest and provides some relief from cough. You can make it once and drink it several times a day. My kids love it and drink it but it has to be sweetened for the kids, so I add honey to what I give my kids. If you are giving this to a kid under the age of 1 DO NOT use honey as a sweetener as honey is NOT recommended for infants due to botulism.

Try it the next time you or someone in your family is sick.

2 cups water

5 whole black pepper pods

4 cloves

2-3 1 inch cinnamon sticks

2 inches ginger

Put everything together in a pot and boil for about 20 minutes at which point the water would have turned black or dark brown and the water quantity has reduced to half the amount.


  1. Thank you for this! I’m going to bookmark it for the next time someone in the family gets a cold.

  2. Saswoti sarma says:

    Very nice……….kam kar ta hey

  3. Rumpa says:

    Add 1 tbsp Jaggery for taste

  4. Rajani says:

    Thank you for this wonderful natural medicine. Yesterday, I read this and tried it on my almost 2 year old daughter who had nose blocks, congestion and cough with phlem. It really worked!! she slept peacefully yesterday night and I managed to get some sleep too

  5. Jai krit s negi says:

    1.When you feel cold in Child Take Luke warm water give to your child Drop by drop.If Brest feeding child Mother also take warm water all time.
    2.Take Neelgiri oil-3 -5 drop/Eukleptus oil in handkerchief,put this in nostril,easy breath.

  6. Karen says:

    How much of the remedy should be taken at one time? Thank you.

  7. Rashmi says:

    I give my kids as much as they are willing to drink – 1/2 a cup at a time.

  8. vasanth says:

    We would like to try this to mu kid tonight.

  9. Tarun says:

    Thanks.. Hope it will work for a 1 year old..will try it tonight :-)

  10. Nawanit says:

    Can we use these ingredients for infants as black peppers/cloves can be harsh to them. Kindly suggest

  11. Rashmi says:

    Since this has honey and honey is not recommended for children under 1 year old, I wouldn’t use it for infants.

  12. khyati says:

    Question, my 1 year old has bad cold & I am going to try should I giver her warm or it does not matter? Also, is every hour little bit okay as she is pain since we trick her with meds…
    I hope it works…..


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