Homemade Cough Syrup
Natural Remedy for Persistent Coughs
Hi Sweet Friends,
With cold and flu season just around the corner, it’s time to prepare this homemade cough syrup, which is a wonderful home remedy for a persistent cough that can often accompany various wintertime ailments.
Making this homemade cough syrup is a two-step process. First, you will blend the herbs—lemon thyme, marshmallow root, and slippery elm bark—in honey and allow it to infuse for one month.
After a month’s time, you will strain the honey from the herbs, decant the infused honey, and put it in the refrigerator. Afterwards, once a cough hits, you’re all set with your home remedy, which tastes a lot better than those over the counter cough syrups!
A word of caution
I am not a medical doctor, so to be safe, be sure to check with your physician before taking homemade cough syrup or any home remedy or natural remedy.
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Homemade Cough Syrup
- 1/3 cup Lemon thyme
- 1/3 cup Marshmallow Root
- 1/3 cup Slippery Elm Bark
- 2 cups Raw Unfiltered Honey, pourable additional honey may be needed to completely saturate herbs
- Mix herbs and add them to a jar sufficient to hold 2+ cups. (I like to use canning jars that are for asparagus or green beans and hold approximately 2 1/2 cups.)
- Cover herbs with at least 2 cups of honey, making sure that there is enough honey to completely saturate the herbs.
- Cover the jar tightly with a lid.
- Each day in the morning for the next thirty days turn the jar upside down and then in the evening turn the jar right side up.
- After thirty days, place a strainer over a glass container and strain the herbs from the honey. This is made easier by warming the jar in a bowl of hot water first.
- Once the herbs have been strained from the honey, decant the honey into a glass jar with a tight fighting lid and store in the refrigerator.
- This syrup will last approximately 1 year if properly refrigerated. When using the syrup, always use a clean spoon so as to not contaminate the syrup. For additional information pertaining to the shelf life of the syrup and on how I use this Homemade Cough Syrup, please see the Recipe Notes below.
- One final note as to the solids that remain after the honey is strained out. Do not discard the mixture of herbs. Transfer this mixture to ice cube trays, top off with water, and place the filled ice cube trays in your freezer. Once frozen, transfer the individual herbal ice cubes to a plastic bag and store in the freezer. Use these herbal ice cubes to make tea by placing individual cubes into a tea ball and steep in hot water for a few minutes.
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