Review of Maty’s Cough Syrup

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Maty’s Cough Syrup and Maty’s other health products are created out of the love and care of a mother.

The owner, Carolyn Harrington, created the company because she “became frustrated with traditional medicine.” (1) As a mother of a child with a major heart defect and as someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis, she started to look for alternative medicine to help heal herself and her family. When she decided to create Maty’s Organic Health Products, she discovered how much and of what to use – right in her kitchen. At the time, she was just a mom. A mom with a business degree, but a mom that wanted more for her children and her family. Now, her products are available to you and your family in stores and pharmacies across the US.

Her mission: “Today, my not-so-little girl is healthy as can be, and my mission has slightly changed. What started as a need to help my family and friends became my mission to help everyone. I want to reverse the unhealthy path our nation is on by giving you pure, all natural, and organic alternatives to traditional medication. I want people to pick up a Maty’s product and smile because they recognize every ingredient and don’t see a long list of scary side effects. Join my movement and rethink your medicine cabinet with Maty’s whole food health alternatives.” (1)

My official review: 8/10 Stars!



It’s my whole-hearted opinion that Maty’s makes me feel better when I’m sick and get better sooner. 

Some things of note: Because the cough syrup has honey 🍯, it’s a lot thicker than other syrups. This means that you can’t just take it like it is. You have to shake the container vigorously several times before using either a table spoon or the cap to take a dose. This in itself may deter people from taking the medicine for several reason.

1. The may not like the texture.

2. They may not “feel” like dealing with getting the medicine ready, especially if they are sick.

3. If they are using table spoons, that means more things they will have to wash when they are sick. 

Not all stores have the adult version of this medicine. You can find it online or just by the children’s version if you’re in a pinch. Just don’t give your child what you took of you took drank straight out of the bottle or used the cap. 

“There Are 10 Immune Boosters in Every Spoonful.” (1)

Let’s take a deep dive into the ingredients.

What’s In It:

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Buckwheat Honey

I.     Buckwheat Honey

a.      The syrups’ dark color comes from buckwheat honey. 

b.     Buckwheat honey is high in antioxidants which help boost the immune system. (2)

c.      A 2007 examined the relieving of symptoms for children who were sick and were either not treated with anything, treated with honey, or treated with honey-flavored dextromethorphan (DM) (typically found in over-the-counter cough medicine). Of the groups, honey consistently scored best, and was the preferred method of treatment by moms to relieve night time cough and help their sick children sleep. (3)

II.     Apple Cider Vinegar

a.      According to Healthline, “the main substance in vinegar, acetic acid, can kill harmful bacteria or prevent them from multiplying. It has a history of use as a disinfectant and natural preservative.” (4)

b.     It could also help you lose weight, prevent cancer, help lower cholesterol, fight diabetes, and more. (4)

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Apple Cider Vinegar
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Sea Salt

III.     Sea Salt (5)

a.     I always thought salt, any kind of salt, dehydrated you. However, sea salt is different. It helps you STAY HYDRATED!

b.     Because sea salt has potassium, other mineral, and, of course, sodium, it’s able to reduce bloat. 

c.      When you’re sick, you need electrolytes and sea salt has them!

d.     It also “promotes brain, muscle and nervous system function”

IV.     Cinnamon (6)

a.     Cinnamon contains large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants.”

b.     Cinnamon is also an anti-inflammatory.

c.      “Cinnamaldehyde has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which may reduce infections and help fight tooth decay and bad breath.”

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Lemon Balm Extract

V.       Lemon Balm Extract

a.     “Supports the body’s natural response to harmful organisms.” (7)

b.     When you are ill, you need rest and lots of it. Luckily, lemon 🍋balm helps you have restful sleep, even those that have trouble sleeping. (7)

c.      I know that being sick can make me groggy but lemon balm can make boosts alertness, sharpness, and problem solving. 

VI.  Cayenne Pepper

a.     We’re always told to eat spicy things to help clear the sinuses. Well, there’s actually some truth to that. 

b.     “It relieves pain: Cayenne contains capsaicin, an active plant compound that has pain-relieving properties. Capsaicin works by decreasing the intensity of pain signals sent through the body, which is one reason why it’s often an ingredient in over-the-counter arthritis creams.” (8)

c.      It’s also widely known for helping with weight loss. 

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Cayenne Peppers
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VII.     Cloves (9)

a.     It can kill bacteria. 🦠 

b.     Cloves are high in antioxidants, including eugenol and vitamin C, both of which can help reduce oxidative stress.”

c.      Some studies show that cloves cache regulate blood sugar and improve liver help. 

VIII.     Lemon Peel (10)

a.    “Prevent the formation of gallbladder and kidney stones.”

b.    Lemon peel is a great treatment for anemia. Since I have anemia, I definitely need to start adding this to my diet.

c.     “Soothe a sore throat, thanks to anesthetic and antibacterial effects.”

d.    “Support and boosts liver function.”

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Lemon Peel
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IX.     Marjoram (11)

a.    Like many of the other ingredients, marjoram is also an anti-inflammatory. This is due to its analgesic properties which also but treat muscle aches, joint pain, colds, and fevers. 

b.    It helps eliminate bacteria. “It helps in protecting you from bacterial infections and conditions like food poisoning, typhoid, malaria and bacterial diarrhea.” 

c.     Marjoram essential oil is an efficient antiseptic, which makes it ideal for treatinginternal and external wounds.

X.      Zinc Gluconate (12)

a.     It helps regulate the immune system. 

b.     Zinc can help treat the common cold if taken with 24 hours. 

c.      It’s continual use is a great treatment and preventative for diarrhea. 

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Zinc Gluconate
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Olive Oil

XI.    Olive Oil

a.     “Scientists in France concluded that olive oil may prevent stroke in older people.” (13)

b.     If colds aren’t your problem and acute pancreatitis actually is, extra virgin olive oil is what you want to be using. According to Medical News Today, “extra virgin olive oil is rich in oleic acid and hydroxytyrosol, which affect the development of acute pancreatitis…” (14)

c.      According to studies, olive oil may help protect against liver damage. (15)

XII.   Distilled Water (16)

a.     60% of a human adult is made of water. “The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.” 

b.     When you are sick, you often times become dehydrated and can need quite a bit of water and electrolytes. 

c.      Water helps re-energize muscles and being color and vitality back to your skin. 

d.     One of biggest contributions to your body that you can notice right away is waters ability to affect (positively) your bowels and ultimately encourage weight loss. 

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Distilled Water
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Pure Lemon Oil

XIII.     Pure Lemon Oil (17)

a.    It treats asthma.

b.    Lemon 🍋oil is also an immune booster. 

c.   While it doesn’t necessarily help you fall asleep, it can help you regulate the sleep that you have.

“What’s Not In It” (1)

  • Natural or Artificial Flavors
  • Wheat
  • Drugs or Chemicals
  • Dairy
  • Artificial Preservatives
  • Sweeteners
  • Alcohol
  • Corn
  • Color Additives”


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