Well hello and Happy New Year! As a first post I thought it would be a good idea to share a cough syrup recipe since so many of us are dealing with sore throats, coughs, colds and flu. This is totally natural and it totally works! My extremely skeptical husband had a terrible cough last week, took a spoonful of this and was amazed that it actually worked lol.
There is quite a bit of lore surrounding Elderberries and its medicinal purposes dating back hundreds of years. It is an incredible antivirus fighter and inflammatory reducer, so it’s great for digestion and respiratory functions. This syrup doesn’t have to be taken like medicine. I’ve used it in teas, and with the right pastry I’m sure it would be pretty tasty drizzled over. My picky boys even like a spoonful every now and then, but I mostly love that it is completely natural and not packed with corn syrup or a gallon of sugar.
Let me know what you think of this recipe and if you need help finding the ingredients or would like a kit, just leave a comment or send me a note! Xo
Natural cough syrup to ease sore throats, coughs, colds and flu.
- 1/2 Cup dried Elderberries
- 2 Tbsp dried Echinacea Root
- 1 Tbsp dried Ginger Root
- 3 Cinnamon Sticks
- 4 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Raw Honey Raw honey is best, but use what you have
Place herbs in a pot
Bring to a simmer.
Let simmer until liquid is reduced by half.
Strain herbs out of the liquid with a cheese cloth or herbal strainer.
Return liquid to pot and add honey. Turn off the heat.
Stir in honey and allow it to melt. Too much heat will kill the awesome enzymes that make the honey work, so if you need to turn the heat back on do so on the lowest setting.
As soon as the honey is melted and incorporated into the decoction, pour the syrup into a clean jar. Place lid and label with date.
Syrup will last about 2 months in the fridge. Must Keep refrigerated.
Adults: Take 2 teaspoons every 3 to 4 hours
Small Children: Take 1 teaspoon every 3 to 4 hours