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Homemade Cough and Cold Syrup November 10, 2011

Filed under: Frugal Living,Pagan,Recipes,cooking & more — torip3 @ 3:00 pm

Homemade Cough and Cold Syrup

Ingredients:

1 cup freshly chopped onion

About 1/2 cup raw honey

Plus any of the following (optional):

1 tsp. Cloves (whole or powdered)-
specifically good for pain relief

1-2 Tbsp. Comfrey or Slippery Elm
(dried or powdered)- Comfrey is particularly good for healing, and Slippery Elm has more of a reputation for soothing and coating the throat

1-2 Tbsp. fresh chopped Ginger root
OR 1 tsp. Ginger powder- Ginger increases warmth, circulation (important forhealing) and the overall effectiveness of the syrup

**You can include all of these optional herbs, but at a maximum of 2 Tbsp. extra herbs total

Directions

Put chopped onions and any herbs of
choice into a small stainless steel or glass pot (not aluminum). Add enough
honey to cover the onions (for me, this seemed to be about 1/2 a cup, though I
didn’t measure exactly).

Turn the pot on low heat and slowly
simmer. The honey will soften and become liquidy, and you want to keep the
temperature very low while allowing the herbs to steep in the honey. It’s best
to keep a lid on to help keep all of the medicinal properties of the herbs in
the syrup, and just take the lid off to give it a quick stir every few minutes
to ensure it doesn’t burn at all (though the temp. should be low enough to
prevent this).

Give it 20 minutes of simmering,
then remove it from the heat. Strain the onions and herbs out and store the
remaining honey (which might have flecks of herb in it and this is fine) in a
small glass jar with a lid and keep it in the fridge.

The syrup
can be used as often as needed, up to every half hour. Here are the dosages:

1 tsp. for a younger child

1 Tbsp. for anyone 10 years and older

*Got this from Keeper of the Home

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