My boys kept me super warm last night with their perfectly running fevers and kept me up with their irritating coughs. So I'm off to give hugs and make soups, and syrups, and herbal pastilles and sleepy teas and probably some kinda cookies, maybe big soft ginger molasses cookies....because you've gotta have lots of herbaly goodness and hugs and kisses and cookies when this kinda madness goes down.
Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people,and plant medicines are not only simple, but safe, effective, and pretty much free. Our ancestors used plant medicines, and our neighbors around the world use plant medicines, and you can use plant medicines for healing just the same. It's super easy and super fun and I even let my littles help sometimes.
Syrups are really quite simple to make and whether you need it now or next month, you'll be happy you had a jar in the fridge waiting when the time comes.
I tend to grab a little of this or a little of that, typically whatever I have on hand or in the pantry or available outside. Today I roamed around the kitchen, the herbal pantry and out to the trees; I used wild cherry bark, slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, licorice root, elderberries, ginger root, spruce tips and orange peel. And of course honey is the magic ingredient in this yummy and soothing cough and sore throat syrup.
Those who know me, know I'm terrible with herbal specifics and recipe amounts so this is approximate amounts....but here's what I like
to do. Use what you have or, some favorite cough herbs are, elecampane, wild cherry bark, fennel seed, slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, valerian root, licorice root osha root, elderberry, ginger, thyme, yerba santa, coltsfoot, rose hips, sage, horehound, pine, fir, spruce, citrus peel, garlic, etc.
MAKE AN HERBAL SYRUP
To make an herbal syrup you will need the following supplies:
• 2oz of herb (weight, not volume)
• A quart of water
• Measuring cup
• A heavy-bottomed medium-sized saucepan
• 1½ cups honey
• A sterilized jar
• A little whiskey, brandy or vodka (optional)
• A label and pen
Simmer your chosen herbs in water for about 20 minutes. Cook this down to about 2 cups. Remove from the heat and strain out the solids, stir in honey (and or alcohol), then allow to cool. Pour into a sterilized bottle. Label.
Don't forget to label your jar! I like to keep a refillable smaller jar too. Take 2 tablespoons, as required, to soothe coughing. Keeps for quite a long time in the refrigerator. Sometimes I add a bit of whishey to mine, to keep it fresh and viable longer. And to...well you know.
Homemade herbal Cough Syrups are wonderful tasting & great for everyone, including the kids. They are great for coughs, sore throats, dry throats,
colds, flu, fever and are even delicious! I like to protect myself and my family from the ickies with traditional healing and preventative herbal medicines....stuff I can easily make at home, and syrups are definitely one of them.
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Disclaimer - The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for self-diagnosis or to replace any prescriptive medication. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or nursing.
Jessica Morgan, Herbalist