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make your own medicine elderberry cough syrup

Homemade Elderberry Cough Syrup with Licorice and Marshmallow

As the seasons change, so do our health concerns. While we embrace the beauty of each season, it’s essential to stay prepared for the challenges they bring, especially when cold and flu season comes knocking on our doors. Instead of relying solely on over-the-counter remedies, why not explore the wonders of nature and make your own medicine? In this blog post, we’ll delve into the captivating world of herbal remedies and show you how to craft a delightful and effective homemade elderberry cough syrup infused with the goodness of licorice and marshmallow.

The Power of Nature’s Ingredients:
Our stars for this recipe are elderberries, the tiny yet mighty fruits packed with antioxidants and vitamins. Joining them in this herbal symphony are licorice root and marshmallow root. Licorice root, with its natural sweetness, has been revered for its soothing properties, while marshmallow root’s gentle touch provides relief to coughs and throat irritations. Together, they form an invincible trio.

Let’s Get Started:
Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating your very own homemade elderberry cough syrup with a touch of magic from licorice and marshmallow:

Step 1: Gather Your Arsenal

  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 1/4 cup dried, chopped licorice root
  • 1/4 cup dried, chopped marshmallow root
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup honey (opt for raw and local, if possible)

Step 2: The Herbal Alchemy
In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the elderberries, licorice root, and marshmallow root. Pour 3 cups of water over the herbs, and with a glimmer of anticipation, give it a gentle stir.

Step 3: A Symphony of Flavors
Place the saucepan on the stove over medium heat and bring the herbal concoction to a boil. Once it starts bubbling with excitement, lower the heat to a gentle simmer.

Step 4: Unleash the Magic
Let the herbal elixir simmer for about 45-60 minutes, allowing the flavours to mingle and infuse the liquid with their natural goodness. As the delightful aroma fills the air, you know you’re in for something special.

Step 5: The Healing Touch
Carefully remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool slightly. Strain the liquid into a clean bowl, using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to separate the herbs from the precious liquid. Be sure to press on the herbs, extracting every ounce of goodness.

Step 6: A Dash of Sweetness
Return the liquid to the saucepan and set it over low heat. This is where the magic happens – slowly add 1 cup of honey while stirring gently, until it’s fully dissolved. Watch as the syrup transforms into a golden elixir, infused with delightful sweetness and added soothing benefits.

Step 7: Bottling the your Medicine
Pour your precious homemade elderberry cough syrup into a clean glass jar or enchanting bottles with a tight-fitting lid. Embrace the role of a potion master as you label the container with the date and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 months.

The Healing Ritual:
When the need arises, take 1 to 2 teaspoons of the elixir to soothe those pesky coughs and throat irritations. Just give the bottle a gentle shake before each use, knowing that you’ve harnessed nature’s healing powers in a single drop.

Well done, you’ve now made your own medicine! With your very own homemade elderberry cough syrup enriched with the soothing embrace of licorice and marshmallow, you’ve unlocked a world of natural remedies that will support your well-being. Embrace the beauty of nature’s gifts and remember, while this syrup is a powerful ally, always prioritize your health and consult a healthcare provider if you have any health concerns or allergies.

Welcome the changing seasons with open arms, and let the wonders of herbal magic be a part of your wellness journey. Stay healthy, and may the soothing elixir bring comfort to you and your loved ones throughout the seasons!

blog Post by Paige Cowley Naturopath and Nutritionist

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