Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cough-Be-Gone and Sore Throat Syrup Recipe

Cough-Be-Gone and Sore Throat Syrup Recipe

In Rosemary’s book, she lists the ingredients as follows:
  • 4 parts fennel seed
  • 2 parts licorice root
  • 2 parts slippery elm bark
  • 2 parts valerian
  • 2 parts  wild cherry bark
  • 1 part cinnamon bark
  • ½ part ginger root
  • 1/8 part orange  peel
To make 1 quart of herbal infusion, Rosemary recommend 2 ounces of herb mixture to one quart of water.  To get roughly the right weight, I used 2 tablespoons fennel seed, 1 tbsp licorice root, 1 tbsp, slippery elm bark, 1 tbsp valerian, 1 tbsp wild cherry bark, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon bark, 3/4 teaspoon ginger root and 1/4 teaspoon orange peel.  All measurements were a little generous so I had enough to get 2 ounces.
homemade cough syrup ingredients
Over low heat in a heavy bottom pot, simmer the herbs and water until it is reduced by half, so that you have one pint of liquid.
Strain the herbs out of the liquid, rinse chunks out of the pot, return the liquid to the pot.
For each pint of liquid, add one cup of honey.    You may go up to a one to one ratio for a sweeter syrup (1 pint honey to 1 pint liquid).
Heat gently and mix until the syrup is well blended.
homemade cough syrup recipe with honey
Add a small amount of brandy, if desired, to help preserve the syrup and act as a relaxant.
Remove from heat, bottle and label.  This syrup should last for several weeks, even months, if refrigerated.  (Most herbs have preservative qualities.)
make your own herbal cough syrup
Rosemary suggests taking 1 to 2 teaspoons every hour or two throughout the day, or as needed for cough.
This syrup has a mild licorice taste that is quite palatable.  I think even kids would take it without a fuss.  The tea recipe below has more of a kick.

Cold and Flu Tea Recipe

For one mug of tea use:
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger (spicy, warming, immune balancing)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped sage (spicy, antihistamine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme (spicy, antibiotic, antiviral)
  • 1/4 teaspoon stevia leaves (or to taste )
  • Juice of half a lemon (sour, vitamin c)
  • A dash of cayenne pepper (hot, immune enhancing) [optional]
cold care tea for congestion and runny nose
Place herbs in mug and cover with boiling water (leave enough room for your lemon juice). Cover and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain herbs, mix in lemon juice and sip slowly.  The warmth and natural antihistamine action of the herbs is great for congestion and runny noses.  You can adjust the amount of the herbs a bit to taste.  I was a little generous with the cayenne in the photo above – too hot for me! *Note:  I had originally listed larger portions of the herbs, but with the dried herbs, I think these amounts will probably be better for most people.  You can use more to taste.
Longer steeping will give a stronger brew, but if you leave it too long it may become more bitter, so no more than 15 minutes is recommended.  Covering the tea while it’s brewing will help to trap “the good stuff”.  :-)   BTW, Mountain Rose Herbs has a full line of tea infusers, strainer, pots and just about anything you can imagine using to make tea, like this pretty little tea press with built in infuser.
tea press (small) @ Mountain Rose Herbs

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