Wellness Wednesday: Natural Cough Medicine

One of my  goals for the New Year, is to be more disciplined in blogging and business building. 🙂  Therefore, I am going to start with “Wellness Wednesdays”.  On Wellness Wednesdays, I will share simple, easy to follow herbal recipes, herbal facts, or real food recipes.  This week’s recipe is one that many of you are familiar with; a recipe used by grandmothers everywhere for centuries.  


What you will need:

  1. Elderberries or Elderberry syrup/juice concentrate. Click picture below for several choices. 
  2. Pure lemon juice (either fresh squeezed or the lemon juice concentrate with no additives) 
  3. Raw Local Honey 
  4. Hot water.

^^Click to buy elderberry from Kiser Ridge Farm through Amazon.  

WARNING:: Honey should not be used with children under 1 year of age, or with anyone that has an allergy to bees or bee products.

This remedy quiets coughs naturally and we have found it to be as effective at quieting night time coughs as any prescription or over the counter cold remedy.  The American Academy of Pediatrics said out of studied home treatments, this  is one of the most effective home treatments.  
To make:

  • Bring water to a boil
  • While water boils add two Tablespoons of honey, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of elderberry syrup or dried elderberries to a cup.
  • Pour boiling water over ingredients, stir together and let sit for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Strain elderberries if whole fruits were used. 
  • Serve warm.  Keep a cup by the bed in case someone wakes up coughing.  
It really is THAT simple.  Just a HOT lemonade.  You can add more honey, lemon or elderberry to taste.  I make mine fairly sweet for the kiddos, it usually taste like a good “sweet” lemonade.

DO NOT sweeten with sugar, sugar promotes the growth of bad bacteria and viruses. 

To soothe sore throats you can add cloves and cinnamon.  

Why it works:

Honey: Honey is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and healing.  It soothes the mucous membranes and heals inflamed and irritated tissues. 
     You want RAW honey, because once honey is processed and heated it loses most of the beneficial antibacterial action.  
     If the cough and congestion are due to seasonal allergies it is best to use locally harvested honey.  Locally harvested honey will have the added benefit being made from local pollen/allergen and will  act as a sort of anti-allergen, helping you to build resistance to those irritants. 
     If you have a chance be sure to talk to your local honey producer find out if the honey is raw and  if they feed their bees sugar water. Honey made by bees that eat sugar water will contain some sugar and will break down faster; also the sugar is not really good for you when you are sick.
    If you can’t get local honey, other honey will still work for cough control. 

LEMON: Lemon is a natural diuretic helping the kidneys to excrete toxins from the body.  Lemon soothes the membranes and breaks down mucous that could be tickling the back of the throat.   It is also helps to balance the ph of the body and fight off viruses and bacteria.  

ELDERBERRY: Elderberry is an antiviral, antibiotic and full of antioxidants and vitamins.  Study after study has proven elderberry to be an immune booster and virus fighter. Even conventional medical sites have instructions for using elderberry to treat cold, flu, and respiratory illnesses.  I have posted 4 great links below. I’ll let the links speak for themselves.  

National Center for Biotechnology Information. (Gov. Site)

University of Maryland Medical Center (link to their study on Elderberry)

Why Elderberry? (Click on link for more info)

Health Benefits of Elderberries

Elderberries were listed in the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs as early as 1985, and are listed in the 2000 Mosby’s Nursing Drug reference for colds, flu, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, and hay fever. In Israel, Hasassah’s Oncology Lab has determined that elderberry stimulates the body’s immune system and they are treating cancer and AIDS patients with it. The wide range of medical benefits (from flu and colds to debilitating asthma, diabetes, and weight loss) is probably due to the enhancement of each individual’s immune system.”

WebMD on Elderberry uses: (click the link for more info)


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