This easy to make and completely natural herbal remedy for cough is the perfect solution when you want an alternative to store bought cough syrups!
At the time of writing this, the weather is getting colder, the leaves are turning colors and I just know that the first cold of the season is just around the corner! We are generally pretty healthy, but there is at least a few colds that circulate through our house given I have 5 kids and a husband who is a paramedic firefighter. Germs are all around us!
This herbal cough syrup is just the thing to have on hand when you need a natural remedy for that nagging cough.
I’m not a fan of the high sugar, over the counter medicines. While this one is made with either molasses or honey, you can control how much goes into it. AND you can calculate the exact amount of carbs per serving like I have to given my son and I are Type 1 Diabetic! This is a huge bonus!
So let’s get to it and jump right into how to make this wonderful herbal remedy for a cough.
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Where to Buy Reputable Herbs
I buy mine at the Apothecary Shop. I’m sure there are plenty of other reputable places to buy high quality herbs, but this is the one I like.
My only caution would be to make sure you really are buying your herbs from a reputable place and always make sure you are buying the right kind and the correct part of the herb (root vs. bark, etc…).
How to Make a Herbal Remedy for Cough (Herbal Cough Syrup)
Measure out approximately 1/3 ounce of each of your herbs.
Add licorice and 1/3 pint of water to a nonreactive pot (like stainless steel or enamel, NOT aluminum).
Heat over medium heat until simmering. Simmer until liquid is reduced by 1/3.
Cool and strain. Carefully discard what is left in the strainer.
Add the remaining 2/3 pint of water to the cooled liquid.
Add slippery elm and flaxseed to a ceramic or glass teapot. Pour liquid over herbs.
Infuse for 30 minutes. Carefully strain (multiple times if needed) to remove all herbs. Discard what is left in the strainer.
Add molasses or honey and stir carefully.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Always do your research regarding safety, contraindications, and warnings with the herbs that you choose to use. Never make assumptions on safety. Many herbs in recipes such as this are perfectly safe, but they are not safe for certain conditions. Consult an herbalist with questions, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH, and always handle herbs in a safe manner!
- 1/3 oz licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) root
- 1/3 oz slippery elm (Ulmus rubra) bark
- 1/3 oz flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum)
- 1/3 pint molasses or 1/6 lb. honey or raw sugar
- 1 pint water, divided
- Add licorice and 1/3 pint of water to a nonreactive pot (like stainless steel or enamel, NOT aluminum).
- Heat over medium heat until simmering. Simmer until liquid is reduced by 1/3.
- Cool and strain. Carefully discard what is left in the strainer.
- Add the remaining 2/3 pint of water to the cooled liquid.
- Add slippery elm and flaxseed to a ceramic or glass teapot. Pour liquid over herbs.
- Infuse for 30 minutes.
- Carefully strain (multiple times if needed) to remove all herbs. Discard what is left in the strainer.
- Add molasses or honey and stir carefully.
- Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Herbal Cough Syrup Recipe Credit
This recipe is actually from a lab from my graduate level class at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. All credit goes to them!
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