Saturday, September 17, 2011

Honey Cough Syrup

 Shared with my cleanandcozyhome email discussion list this morning:

Good day, beautiful homemakers!

I have been fighting off something for over a week now and a part of it the past few days has been coughing. It has gotten worse by the hour, I think and reached a point where my ribs and back are aching from it! I have been taking my vitamins, making sure to get enough zinc, drinking my organic apple cider vinegar “tonics” and getting fresh garlic and ginger in as much as I can. I have consumed hot, herbal teas, very spicy foods and sipped on chicken broth, chicken soup and spicy tomato soup. The head congestion and cough have persisted relentlessly.

Last night, in exhaustion and with a heart of mercy for my husband --- who has been working almost without stopping and I am sure hasn’t missed the few hours of sleep he does get --- I tried to think of anything that could help.

I remembered that years ago, I stopped using as many non natural medicines as I could unless they were definitely needed [still go by that after and during prayer over whatever it is] and found a recipe for cough syrup. It had worked so well for our son that we used little else for cough and cold.
I had forgotten all about it but I knew it had honey as a base. I googled honey cough syrup or something along those lines and found a few. I settled with the one that looked as close to what I remembered as possible and that I could make quickly.

Here is what I found at * Shared the way I made it in my kitchenJ*

1 cup of honey

3 T. lemon juice (I used the juice of one lemon and an additional T. of lemon juice)

¼ cup warm water

Warm the honey in a sauce pan and then add the lemon juice and stir until blended. Add warm water and let simmer for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Mine had seeds and little pieces of lemon so I strained it through a little tea cup insert when pouring in a pint Mason jar and put a lid on it. I let it cool for a bit and then took 2 or 3 teaspoons (was so tired , I do not remember which!) and guess what?! It was immediate… literally immediate relief AND I slept from around 11:00 pm to 5:00 am and then went BACK to sleep until after 9! So, praising GOD this morning. . .

Here is the link for the actual recipe:

Sandy :)