Friday, December 17, 2010

Simple Cough Remedy

I thought I would share a couple of the simple "home remedies" that we have been using to help fight against colds the last few months.

Cough Syrup

1 quart water
1 tbsp. licorice
1 tbsp. mullein
1 tbsp. thyme
1/4 to 1/2 cup rice syrup, fruit syrup or honey.  (Honey is not recommended for children under 2 years)

Bring all ingredients except syrup to a boil, remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes.  Strain.  Return to heat and simmer.  While warm stir in syrup or honey.  Let cool.  Give 1 tbsp. as needed.  Store in fridge.

If you have it you can add slippery elm or rosehips too.

We put a little of this in a cup of juice for the girls and it seems to help with their runny noses and coughs.  They just sip on it all day.

Cinnamon Tea

4 sticks cinnamon
4 cups water

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.  (The longer it simmers the stronger it gets.)   We use this for a sore throat and mild congestion.  (It also makes the house smell wonderful)

Always make sure when using home remedies that you aren't allergic to them or taking any medicines that will not mix well with the herbs.

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