My go to cough syrup: equal parts whiskey, honey and lemon juice. Mom used to keep a lemon juice bottle full of it in the fridge during cold season. Shake well, pour into a shot glass and have the cougher sip slowly. An Old Remedy But It Really Works!!!!!
use a mixture of ginger powder and clove powder in equal parts (ginger for anti-inflammatory properties and clove for pain relief), then take 1 tsp of the mixed powders and stir into 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Use 1/2 tsp of this herbal oil, swallowing slowly to allow it to coat throat. Or gargle with ginger tea, or the ginger/clove mixture in water as a gargle. Could also make small balls with honey and ginger to suck on.
Gargle with warm salt water - A saline solution can draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less, said Dr. Philip T. Hagen ... (He also) pointed out that gargling also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat.
Cough Medicine Remedies With Honey, Lemon & Cayenne