Ever since I began making this delicious cold and cough syrup last year, it has become a staple in my medicine chest. I usually prepare the first batch of the season around this time in anticipation of the days ahead.
When making the switch to homemade remedies, forethought is key! There are very few "quick fixes" when it comes to DIY herbal medicine, and trust me, it's a journey! Think baby steps...
Let us first discuss the making of simple herbal syrups.
I learned my method for making herbal syrups from Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.
It is a simple, easy to follow method producing excellent results every time!
How To Make Herbal Syrups
Herbal Cold and Cough Syrup
Gather the Ingredients:
- Combine approximately 2 ounces of herbs and 1 quart of water. Begin simmering the mixture over low heat and reduce liquid down to 1 pint.
- Strain herbs from the liquid by running through a fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth or coffee filter. Pour concentrated liquid back into the simmer pot. Note: Be sure to compost the discarded herbs.
- Add 1 cup of honey (or maple syrup, vegetable glycerin, or other sweetener you have on hand) per pint of liquid.
- Warm honey and liquid, on very low heat, just enough to blend together. Note: Cooking honey any longer, or on a high heat, will destroy the healing properties of the honey.
- Bottle, label, and refrigerate syrup.
-1/4 cup dried echinacea root
-1/4 cup dried licorice root
-1/8-1/4 cup freshly grated ginger root (to taste)
Add dried herbs, ginger, and 1 quart of water to pot. Simmer on low heat until liquid is reduced to 1 pint.
Add 1 cup of honey to liquid. Over low heat, warm just enough to mix well.
Bottle, label, and refrigerate.
The syrup can be used as often as needed, up to every hour, until symptoms are relieved.
For Children: 1 teaspoonFor persons 10 years and older:
Syrup will keep in refrigerator for approximately 3 months.
-I like to add an ounce of brandy to the syrup in order to help preserve the syrup. Adding the brandy also allows the syrup to act as a cough suppressant. Preserving with brandy will increase expiration to approximately 6 months.
-Feel free to experiment with the herbs. For example, consider adding Valerian for restlessness.
-Don't have licorice root on hand? Make the syrup simply with echinacea and ginger. However, increase amount of dried echinacea root to 1/2 cup.
-Add 1/2 cup chopped onion to the herbs and ginger for a increase in medicinal properties.
I was always afraid that making herbal remedies would end up costing me a fortune. I quickly learned that I was wrong! In fact, homemade remedies have saved our family hundreds of dollars a year! For example, here's the breakdown for this recipe:
I ordered all of the dried herbs used in this recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs
. I trust their quality and appreciate their customer service!
DISCLAIMER: The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
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