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Make Your Own Cough Syrup

Updated: Jan 27



I've been making cough syrup for neighbors for years and have always wished I could do it for you. Since I can't send a quart of liquid through the mail, this is the next best thing. You've already proven yourselves to be capable herbalists by making your own Elderberry Syrup, and it's time to take your skills to the next level. You're going to be making a cough syrup (or two) that involves a decoction and a cold infusion. Don't worry, I'll walk you through it.

I took great care in formulating two syrups for you. The first is for your average cough. It could be wet or dry, and it can come during or even after an average cold. It might come from cold weather, or the dry air that accompanies being stuck indoors with forced-air heat. It might accompany your spring allergies. It's annoying, and on the verge of becoming chronic. This syrup is good for the coughs of your little ones. It will help them (and you) get the rest we all need in order to heal/stay sane.

I chose each of the herbs in this formula for its unique action, and also for the way each interacts with the others. In herbalism, the total is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

Your Average Cough (YAC) Syrup

Mullein--essential herb for all ailments of the lungs. Astringent, anti-inflammatory, expectorant.

Codonopsis--loosens mucous, antitussive

Yellow Dock--antitussive, astringent, helpful for dry cough made worse by cold air and cough with shortwindedness and laryngitis.

Marshmallow root--healing and soothing to the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.

Wild Cherry bark--Useful for chronic coughs and coughs that begin when you lie down. Astringent and expectorant.

Chinese Licorice-- demulcent, antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant, anti-inflammatory; harmonizes formula for greater efficacy.

Cinnamon--warming, astringent, tightens congested tissues. Pleasant taste.


Lord, Take Me Now Cough Syrup

or

Serious Cough Syrup

or

There Goes My Lung Cough Syrup

We can vote on a name, but you get the idea. This is for the cough that comes with or after a serious illness. The cough that just will not quit. This cough often falls in the category of post-infection complication. Say you've had the flu, and just as you think you're getting better, you get sicker. That sickness often includes a miserable, phlegmy, death-wish of a cough. And this is the syrup that will renew your will to live.

Again, I chose each of the herbs in this formula for its unique action, and also for the way each interacts with the others.


Mullein--essential herb for all ailments of the lungs. Astringent, anti-inflammatory, expectorant.

Usnea-- antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, antipyretic, analgesic.

Elecampane--useful for chronic cough with digestive irritation. Immunomodulating, antiseptic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic.

Marshmallow root--healing and soothing to the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.

Yerba Santa--expectorant, bronchial dilator, antimicrobial. Thins mucous, stimulates expectoration.

Lemon grass-- high in Vitamin C and A. Pleasant taste.

Hibiscus-cooling and astringent to mucosal tissues, regulates fluids, high in flavonoids and vitamin C.

Orange peel--harmonizes formula for greater efficacy. Pleasant taste.



*The time to make this syrup is NOT when you are sick. This is the syrup to make at the beginning of the season and keep on hand throughout the winter. Know that if you or someone you love (or heck, someone you have to share airspace with) needs this syrup, they will likely need the entire jar to combat infection, dry up phlegm, and soothe those angry mucous membranes.


Next up, Directions.

https://www.eleosherbals.com/post/decoction-infusion-killer-cough-syrup-recipe


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