Friday, December 9, 2011

Natural and Herbal Remedies for Coughing - Excerpt from Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose

In honor of the cold and flu season, combined with the usual beautiful spirit of giving surrounding December, I thought it would be nice to offer up this excerpt on Natural and Herbal Remedies for Coughing from my eBook Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose.  If you happen to have Amazon Prime, you can snag this little dandy for free! Enjoy, and I wish you the best in getting over that nasty bug.

Natural and Herbal Remedies for Coughing

A single teaspoon of honey is just as effective as the average over-the-counter cough syrup, as proven by recent studies.  And it doesn’t contain synthetic alcohols, artificial colors and flavors, or nasty things that make kids buy and sell it on street corners.  The best part?  You get to take it as often as you feel like it.

You can also try your hand at making some homemade cough syrups.  They’re fun to make, and some of them don’t taste awful.  Some do.  I'll leave it up to you to decide which is which.

Homemade Natural Cherry Cough Syrup
2 cups cherries (organic is best)
2 cups honey
a lemon
Put the cherries in a pan and just cover them with water.  Add the honey and some lemon slices – at least half the lemon.  Simmer carefully until the cherries are completely soft and you’re able to remove the pits.  Also remove the lemon.  Place the mixture into a jar and store it in the refrigerator. You can use several tablespoons whenever you need it.

A little hint here:  Since cherries are available in summertime and colds and coughing are available through fall and winter, you can actually freeze this and other liquefied herbal remedies in ice cubes to thaw out for later use.  I do it all the time.  It’s fun to send guests to the freezer for ice, then watch them jump when they notice the cubes are varying shades of green and brown. 

Diane’s Homemade Cough Syrup
1 cup purified water
1 tsp. dried ground ginger or 1/2-inch peeled, finely chopped ginger
1/2 tsp. dried licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
1/2 tsp. dried horehound (Marrubium)
1/2 cup honey
A dash or two cayenne pepper
Take water in a saucepan and add dried ground ginger or fresh ginger.  Heat water to a low simmer.  Simmer until the water is reduced to half, then turn off the heat.  Add dried licorice root and dried horehound to a tea ball and steep in the ginger tea, covered, for 20 to 30 minutes.  (If you like, leave the ginger root in the pan for strong ginger flavor.  It's more soothing to a sore throat and cough when the ginger is on the stronger side.)  Remove the tea ball and strain out the ginger.  If the tea has cooled, return to the pan and heat it up just a little.  Turn the heat off and add honey and stir until totally dissolved.  Add cayenne, as much as you can stand. Wait for the mixture to cool and store in an amber bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid.  Keep refrigerated or freeze.  Good for a week in the fridge.  This works great for congested lungs.

Natural and Herbal Remedies for Coughing is an excerpt from Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose, available for sale through Amazon, or FREE for Amazon Prime members.