For many years, since the early 1990s, I made a simple decoction every year for coughs and colds. In the last two years, I neglected this for life reasons. However, this year, I caught a bit of a cough on March 2d 2018 that landed me on my back for 9 days, and never really went away, then came back around April 28th with a vengeance. And, it’s still here, 9 weeks. My physicians could only offer a symptomatic relief to include an albuterol inhaler. And since there are people massively abusing drugs, not even a simple codeine cough can be had these days.
Here, I would like to present my cough and bronchitis remedy, that I made thoughtfully and with my best timing, star alignment wisdom, and all around kitchen witchery.
Dr. Bennett’s Cough Syrup
- Wild cherry bark (prunus serotina; p. virginiana) – 1 ounce
- Horehound herb (marrubium vulgare) – 1.25 ounces
- Aniseed (pimpinella anisum) – 1 ounce
- Elecampane Root (inula helenium) – 3/4 ounce
- Lobelia root (lobelia inflata) – 1/4 ounce
- Honey (raw and local is best) – 16 ounces, or 1 pound
- Raspberry Vinegar – 1 pint (2 cups or 16 fl. ounces)
Add the honey to 1.5 pints of water, and bring to a very slow simmer.
Small white swirls will appear, these should be removed with a strainer as the honey heats up. When the honey is well incorporated into a slow simmer, add all the herbs to the pot.
Stir well, cover well, and let this simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
At this time, strain the liquid and you can toss out or compost the herb mash. Pour in the pint of raspberry vinegar to the honey mixture, you’ll end up with out 3 to 3.5 pints of cough syrup.
Bottle and keep in the refrigerator until needed.
Dosage: 1 desertspoon (about 15ml or a good tablespoon) for an adult every 2 hours as needed. It tastes just awful, so be ready for that! If you give it to a child 12 or under, use about 10ml or 2 teaspoons, or less.
It will help if you have large glass bottles on hand. I just had to use what I had on hand.
I do not keep anything in plastic and don’t recommend it.
These herbs are all known for respiratory properties of different types. You can easily look up the properties on the internet. So, this is what I use and have found to be trust worthy and curative for myself and others when I was a practicing herbalist. But this is not medical science. If you want to use other herbs, look for other recipes. There are plenty out there that might be just as good and certainly taste better, but this is the one recipe that I can personally attest to.
© Lizzie Bennett is an Advanced Holistic Nurse, (RN), Whole Health thought leader, and Ordained Minister of some years. She is a Nurse Health Coach facilitator, and owns Three Moons Medicine™ as her private counselling and coaching practice, a blog, educational forum, Facebook page, and outreach to support others on their journey.
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* Nothing in this article is written to prescribe or diagnose or cure any disease process or take the place of medical treatment. Do your own background research on all herbal remedies and exercise caution and informed diligence when creating your own medicines. This is my own recipe and is not any guarantee of outcomes. Lizzie Bennett is educated with a doctorate in natural health and is not a medical doctor.