Easy DIY Cough Syrup
A natural easy cough syrup you can make at home! Original recipe found in Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs, a beginners guide.
Take once daily during cold season to stave off the sniffles and cough. 3x daily if you’ve caught sniffles and woke up icky!
I used most of the honey pictured, a good table spoon of garlic, half the onion and the branch off the ginger.
(Do not feed honey to infants under 12 months. Melt brown sugar and water instead for infants.)
Peel ginger by rubbing it with a spoon! Peel then Cut the onion in big sickle moons. Compost the peels and ends, save the unused portions in the fridge!
Slice ginger in large pieces, place everything into a cold pan!
Cover everything in as much honey as you can! Oops! The pan is too small! Switched pans in the next photo! (Do not feed honey to infants under 12 months. Melt brown sugar and water instead for infants.)
Much better! Cover with MORE honey! Until the onions are fully covered/or floating!
Heat on LOW for 20-30 minutes, until the onions are soft.
A little frothy = a little too long, but its ok! Just remember for next time to heat for 5 minutes less, still totally usable but I might have cooked some of the delicate nutrients out of the raw honey. (I did 35 minutes here! DX )
Strain warm honey syrup into a bowl or measuring cup. Compost the bits!
Pour into reusable clean containers you saved from previous condiments! Wide mouth is best for dipping little spoons in for kiddo! Let cool on counter for an hour or so, then place in fridge and take daily until gone!
I’d recommend tossing any leftovers after 4 weeks, but honey IS a preservative, so technically it could last longer than that, but better to be on the safe side.
It has a very strong onion-garlic taste.
I am not a trained professional in botany, herbalism, or medicine, I am not a physician or doctor.