Home Remedies Part 5 - Homemade Cough Syrup!
Its definitely cough and cold season and whilst we generally fair quite well, my children have a dry cough they are struggling to shake. I made this recipe to help soothe their throats and also to allow the essential oils to support their healing.
Elderberries have high levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants to boost your cells defenses. I picked a ton in the autumn and put them in the freezer, but you could also substitute black cherries (frozen) which are also good for coughs.
I made this for my children so kept it plain but you could also add some immune boosters like garlic, ginger and thyme to the recipe. I also used doTERRA Lemon essential oil - it is great at reducing mucus either as an essential oil or whole fruit and raw honey is good to soothe sore throats abs boost the immune system. I also added two drops of doTERRA Frankincense and 2 drops of doTERRA On Guard to boost the immune system - only use Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils internally.
Add fruit and water to pan, heat and simmer for half an hour to 40 mins. Allow to cool a little then strain in a sieve lined with a muslin or jelly bag - I had about 1.5 cups of mixture left. While warm (not too hot) add the honey and lemon essential oil or lemon juice. Stir until fully mixed. Allow to cool and bottle. Store in the fridge. It will keep for months if you have sterilised the bottle but may lose potency after 2 weeks. You can add 1 tbsp to a cup of warm water to make a soothing drink, add to cold water like a squash or take off the spoon as needed to soothe the throat.
If you would like to learn more about using essential oils to make homemade remedies, please join me at my Essential Oils Everyday Workshop in January.