Health & Beauty Recipe
by Cath Minter
Elderberry and Plantain Cough Syrup
Super easy and delicious, a great way to get the herbs into the little
darlings and fussy wuss bags who love sweet tasting medicine.
Apart from the Licorice Root and Rosehips, these ingredients are found
growing around you. Some on your local foothpaths (plantain) culinary
herb gardens (thyme) or cottage gardens (elderberry and violet leaf and
Elderberry 2C fresh (stems not included, just berries) or 1 C dried
Elder flowers 1 C fresh or ½ C dried
Plantain 8 leaves
Violet leaf and flower bunch
Licorice root ¼ C
Rosehips ½ C
Honey ½ C
Raw Organic Sugar ½ C
4 C fresh water
Ensure all cooking utensils, surfaces and vessels are clean and sterile.
Wash carefully all fresh herb material, pat dry. Add all ingredients to a pan, adding enough fresh water to cover your herb material with 2 inches above – about 4 Cups should be enough.
Gently simmer all ingredients in a pan for 10 mins with the pan lid ON to keep all the essential oil goodies in the cough syrup.
Leave to cool and steep overnight (covered) for further extracting.
Strain / decant and bottle - label - refrigerate. Should last up to 3 months if preserved well using sterilised equipment.
Take up to 20-40mL daily for dry cough and irritation. Best taken warm.