I have had a slight cold with a cough that just comes when it wants. I have not been able to kick it as fast as I have in the past, but I have made it better by using the recipes from Wellness Mama. I have used these all winter and will not go to any OTC drugs.
Here is the Wellness Mama’s homemade cough medicine recipe:
Herbal Cough Syrup Recipe
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Homemade herbal cough syrup that soothes the throat to ease coughing and promote restful sleep.
Author: Wellness Mama
Recipe type: Remedy
- 1 quart of filtered water
- ¼ cup Ginger Root (fresh grated or dried)
- ¼ cup Chamomile Flowers
- ¼ cup Marshmallow Root
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 cup honey
- Pour the water into a medium saucepan and add the dried herbs.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer until the volume is reduced by about half. (You will need 1 cup of liquid after herbs are strained off)
- Pour through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove herbs (compost the herbs!).
- While liquid is still warm (not boiling) mix with lemon juice and honey and stir well.
- Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months.
I give 1 teaspoon to children and 1 tablespoon to adults as needed for symptoms.
She has also a recipe for an elderberry syrup. I was buying elderberry juice at the health food store, but it is very expensive. But at the same store I can buy the dried elderberries and make my own juice. It does work though. Wellness Mama has a recipe that adds a few more ingredients that make it easier for children to swallow (and my husband).
“Homemade Elderberry Syrup Ingredients:
- 2/3 cup black elderberries
- 3.5 cups of water
- 2 T fresh or dried ginger root
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp cloves or clove powder
- 1 cup raw honey (we get from our farmer’s market)
How to Make Elderberry Syrup:
Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey!)
Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl. Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well. When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.
Ta Da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.
Standard dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
I would recommend you check out http://wellnessmama.com . She has many recipes and posts that really can help you step away from the OTC medicines that can cause side effects that you may not want.
On another email blog I subscribed to (membership fee) had a warning about acetaminophen. The only warning of this dangerous drug is “Contains acetaminophen.” Okay, what kind of warning is that, when the FDA has stated this:
“This drug can cause skin reddening, rash, blisters, AND ‘detachment of the upper surface of the skin.’ This may cause death. These reactions could happen the very first time you take acetaminophen, or even if you’ve taken it before with no problems.”
Believe it or not, that is basically straight from the FDA’s wrongly named “Drug Safety” alert. “
Please educate yourself about the drugs that Big Pharma and the FDA promote. You might be putting your life in their bank.
Jenny Thompson [email protected]
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