It’s that time of year again. The sniffles, coughs, sore throats, and all-around puniness begin. I’ve been in my kitchen a lot this week prepping immune-boosting foods and thought I would share the elixir that I make for coughs.
Many of you know that I prefer making natural medicines to fall on when my family begins getting sick. My philosophy behind this is simple; it gives their immune system what it needs to fight the germ and soothe the symptoms. Some of my go-to medicinal ingredients: honey, peppermint, horehound, and ginger. Read more about there medicinal properties here.
Similar to my horehound lozenges recipe, this recipe uses simple ingredients that promote natural healing and is a great natural alternative to over-the-counter cough syrup (usually made with corn syrup). What I love about this cough syrup is it quickly calms coughing and breaks down mucus associated with colds with no side effects. For those of you who are sensitive to store-bought cough medicines, this homemade elixir doesn’t make you foggy-headed as some over-the-counter cold medicines can. Best of all, once you whip up a batch of cough syrup, you store it away in the refrigerator for when you are ready to use it.
Soothing Horehound Peppermint Cough Syrup
- 1/2 cup peppermint leaves
- 1/2 cup horehound
- 4 cups of water
- 1 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon ginger, chopped
- Bring water to a boil and add loose herbs. Stir herbs into the water and cover.
- Lower heat to low and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool.
- Strain and reserve liquid. Add used herbs to your compost pile.
- Add 1 cup of honey to the warm herbal liquid and stir until combined.
- Store elixir in refrigerator
Dosage amounts: The dosage for an adult is 1 teaspoon every four hours, about half as much for children, up to four times a day.
Note: honey-based syrups can last for up to three months, whereas sugar-based syrups can last for up to six months. If your syrup has for some reason fermented or develops any moldy growth (it happens), it should not be consumed.
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