There are few things more annoying than a lingering cough, especially when it is keeping you or your loved ones up throughout the night. The herbs in this cough syrup help to soothe a sore throat and support your immune system.

With winter here, this is the perfect time to consider having a cough syrup on hand.

What You Need For Cough Syrup

  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 2 Tbsp of organic fennel seed
  • 2 Tbsp of organic slippery elm bark
  • 1 Tbsp of organic dried elderberries
  • 1 Tbsp of organic dried mullein
  • 2 Tbsp of organic cinnamon
  • Peel from an organic orange
  • 1 cup of raw honey
  • Pot
  • Amber glass bottle
  • Strainer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk

What To Do:

  1. Place all herbs, orange peel, and water into the pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce to a low temperature to simmer, cover with a lid, and simmer for 30 minutes. Or until the liquid has halved.
  3. Remove the pot from heat. Strain the liquid into a mixing bowl. Discard or compost the solids.
  4. Add honey to the liquid in the mixing bowl. Whisk liquid and honey until fully combined.
  5. Pour the syrup into the amber glass bottle. Label and store in the fridge.
  6. Use within 3 months.

Syrup Dosage

  • Children under 4 use Clark’s rule to determine their dosage.
  • Children aged 4-12 take 1 tsp every 2 hours up to 4 times per day.
  • Children over 12 and adults take 2 tsp every 2 hours up to 4 times per day.

Adapted from a recipe by Ashley English in her book ‘Home Apothecary’.

Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   She began studying Naturopathy when she was 18 years old and has practiced in both Melbourne and rural Victoria.  She has also studied 2 1/2 years of nursing and midwifery, but decided that she was happier to work with women as […]

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Alyce Beaton

Alyce is qualified naturopath in Ballarat who loves supporting people on their health journey. Alyce believes optimising and restoring health first and foremost begins with food as medicine and creating healthy lifestyle habits. She is passionate about providing a safe, non judgement environment and endeavours to support her clients with strategies they can implement into […]

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