I don't know about you, but we have been battling colds and coughs like crazy this winter. A really vicious cough ran through our town and we are happily finally getting over it! Anyway, in the midst of that nasty cold we needed a cough syrup. I don't buy medicines that are not natural, and sometimes the commercial natural ones can be pricey so I made my own from one of my favorite herbal recipe books called "Jude's Herbal Home Remedies". It is SO EASY and inexpensive,as well as being EFFECTIVE. Plus you only need a few ingredients. We whipped it up at 9 at night when we needed it! As you can see I had a hard time getting the light right in the photos that late at night.
Thyme Cough Syrup
1 ounce dried Thyme
1 pint boiling water
1 cup of honey
Pour one pint of boiling water over the thyme. Let that steep till room temperature. Now strain it and add your honey. Mix well and transfer to your container. Keep it refrigerated. Take one Tablespoon as needed for coughing, sore throats, and colds.
Thyme is used because of it's stimulant and antiseptic properties on the bronchial system. It also helps clean out the bronchials.
Honey has long been know for it's medicinal properties and it's it's ability to calm and sooth a cold but research now PROVES it is actually MORE effective than over the counter cough medicines. Here is an excerpt from ABC News. (click on the link to read the whole arcticle.)
"The study, published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that children who received a small dose of buckwheat honey before bedtime slept better and coughed less than those who received either a common over-the-counter cough suppressant (dextromethorphan) or nothing at all."
Impressive no? Well now you know how to make a simple, EFFECTIVE, easy to make cough and cold syrup. Let me know if you try it!
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