Cough Care

Borage Cough Syrup

* 1/2 cup of borage leaves
* 1/2 cup water
* 2 cups of honey
* Juice from 2 lemons

Put borage leaves in a blender along with water. Blend until mixture is smooth. In a non reactive pan, pour borage and honey. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice.

Take 1-2 Tblsp as needed for coughs.


C-M’s Cough Syrup

This is how I make my cough syrup.

* Mullein
* Dry Wild Cherry bark
* Hyssop
* Plantain
* Elderberries
* Wild Cherries
* Thyme
* Sage
* Mahogany Birch bark
* Mint
* Honey
* Brandy or Vodka

Start with mullein and ‘stirfry’ it in a dry pan, add water. I use with it dry wild cherry bark, hyssop, plantain,elderberries, even wild cherries, thyme, sage, a bit of mahogany birch bark, mint and bring to a boil, than simmer for a good while. Strain add about 10:4 honey and 10:3 parts brandy or vodka. I do not have an exact measure really, it varies a bit every year. Can’t give you a dose for willowbark, it’s an individual thing. You might want to scour some books and see what is the most common dosage. That’s what I do, when in doubt. Get 4 o 5 out and see what the common denominator is. I found that the ‘Herb book’ by John Lust has pretty safe and accurate advice for dosages.

Although I have more than a 100 books relating to herbs etc. this is the one, I almost often grab for a fast reference. It has lousy drawings, but is comprehensive in material. Not a coffee table book, but a good one to look things up fast. Scour Michael Moore’s website and Henriettes, and you will find solid material there as to tincturing and dosages.



Elderberry Brandy

Elderflower tincture has a strange taste that I’m not fond of. I prefer to dry the flowers and combine them with yarrow and mint for a fever-reducing, flu-easing tea. The berries, when I’ve been lucky enough to find them here, I usually pop into the freezer (still on the stems). Once frozen, it is easy to strip off the berries for use in muffins and other baked goods. Here is a recipe from Judith Berger’s ‘Herbal Rituals’ that may be helpful:

* elderberries
* brandy
* jar with good lid

Steep the berries in the brandy for six weeks, adding some brandy every couple of days, to keep the jar filled to the brim. After six weeks, you will have a warming cordial which acts as a superb iron tonic while opening the sinuses and reducing fever.


Elderberry Syrup

Elderflower tincture has a strange taste that I’m not fond of. I prefer to dry the flowers and combine them with yarrow and mint for a fever-reducing, flu-easing tea. The berries, when I’ve been lucky enough to find them here, I usually pop into the freezer (still on the stems). Once frozen, it is easy to strip off the berries for use in muffins and other baked goods. Here is a recipe from Judith Berger’s ‘Herbal Rituals’
that may be helpful:

* 1 ounce dried elderberries
* 1 quart jar
* honey
* brandy

Infuse the berries in boiled water for eight hours. Then heat two cups of the infusion under very low flame until you are left with one cup of decocted berries. Add several teaspoons of honey and a teaspoon of brandy to preserve the syrup. This syrup is an excellent expectorant.


Horehound Cough Drops

Here’s another recipe for horehound cough drops that was given to me by a friend, I don’t know the orignal source (where she got it from) but it is a really good recipe and has worked well for me.

Love & Happiness

Horehound Cough Drops

* 2 cups sugar
* 2/3 cup light corn syrup
* 2/3 cup water (strong herb tea)

Blend in saucepan, the sugar, corn syrup and tea. Place over low heat, stirring until mixture boils. Now put in candy thermometer, cook, stirring occasionally, to hard crack stage (300 degrees). You may add flavoring such as cherry, licorice, eucalyptus, mint or horehound. Pour into candy molds or onto a greased sheet and when hard break into pieces.


Here is a recipe for Horehound Cough Drops from ‘Magic and Medicine of Plants’ from Readers Digest

Horehound Cough Drops

* 1 c boiling water
* 3/4 c dried horehound herb
* 2 c refined sugar
* 1/3 tsp cream of tartar

Pour the boiling water over the horehound: cover and let steep for 30 min. Strain the infusion into a heavy saucepan, pressing to extract all the liquid. Add the sugar and cream of tartar and stir over low heat until the sugar is fully dissolved. Cover the pan and let it cook for 3 or 4 min. until the steam has melted any sugar crystals clinging to the pan’s side. Then remove the lid and cook the mixture, without stirring, over high heat; skim off any scum. When it reaches the hard-crack stage-when a candy thermometer reads 300 degrees F. or when drops form brittle threads in ice water-immediately remove it from the heat. Brush a marble slab or a baking sheet with butter or oil and pour out the mixture. As it begins to set, score it into small squares with a sharp knife. Cut it along the lines when it is cold and brittle. Store the pieces in an airtight container.



Horehound Cough Syrup

Betty, I’ve always heard you use the dried leaves for this, I am hoping my clump will be big enough this year to make a batch

In ‘The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants’ by Andrew Chevallier, it lists the parts used as the leaves. Also, in ‘The Healing Herbs’ by Michael Castleman, he says the parts used are the leaves and flower tops. He says, ‘For a cough-remedy infusion, use 1/2 to 1 tsp of dried leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 min. Drink up to 3 c a day. To offset its bitter taste, add sugar or honey. In a tincture, take 1/4 to 1/2 tsp up to three times a day. Horehound should not be given to children under age 2. For older children and people over 65, start with low-strength preparations and increase strength if necessary. Considered safe for healthy nonpregnant, nonnursing adults who do not have heart disease.



John Cramer’s Cough Syrup

Hi guys, I’ve made this for many friends, and it’s very good for the throat and sinus cavities.

* 1/4 C honey
* 1/4 C FRESHLY squeezed lemon juice
* 5 cloves
* 1 good shake cinnamon (or stick of it)

Bring all to a boil. Remove the cloves (and cinnamon stick). Then use 1/2 – 1 Tbs in a cup of HOT tea.

Abundant blessings,


Red Clover Cough Syrup

Source: Judith Berger’s ‘Herbal Rituals’

* 1 once of whole dried red clover blossoms
* boiled water
* honey

Though most flower infusions only require ten minutes to two hours of infusing time, red clover blossoms sit for the full four hours, because the plant’s mineral richness requires a lengthier time to seep into the water.

After the infusion has sat for four hours, take a pint of the infusion and decoct it [strain and cook over low heat till reduced by half]. Add some clover honey and a bit of brandy and use this syrup when experiencing the type of cough that sounds like a car engine trying to turn over (this is known as a “dry, hacking cough”).

Live Happy, Live Long

Leda Meredith


Violet-Mullein Cough Syrup

Hello Everybody, With all the wonderful post on violets, I thought you might be interested in the cough syrup I am making It is great.

Make a Tincture with Violets by filling a jar with violet flowers and covering with your preference of Alcohol, I use Golden Grain as I can not find Everclear, wait a week and drain off liquid and change flowers and por liquid back over them, do this 3 times (you will be suprised as the liquid is emerald green) strain and then on the fourth poring add liquid to a jar packed with mullein leaves leave 1 wk and drain liquid and add liquid to a jar which has lemon, orange and lime slices . agin leave a week no longer as it will get to bitter, drain and bottle, to make the syrup add half of the tincture and half honey It is also good for sore throats.

Linda in Ga.


Now, I have to be honest. When I was growing up, I never really knew there was such a thing as real maple syrup. Our maple syrup was corn syrup mixed with maple flavoring. It took quite a while for me to see that glistening, always too expensive for us, nectar of the gods way up high on the shelves! I love real maple syrup!


Maple Gingerbread

  • 2-1/3 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter

Sift together flour, soda, ginger and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl, beat the egg vigorously, and then stir in maple syrup, sour cream and butter. Mix cream and butter.
Mix in the flour combination and pour into a greased flat pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 or until cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Maple frosting is a tasty


Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts with Chestnuts

Serves: 10

  • 3/4 cup chestnuts (fresh roasted or canned)
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 deg. F. Bring 2 quarts of water and 1 teaspoon of salt to a boil.

If fresh chestnuts are used, shell with a paring knife and toast on a cookie sheet in the oven until the meat pulls from the shell and the shell and skin can be easily
removed. If canned chestnuts are used, drain and dry them.

Trim the outside leaves from the Brussels sprouts and cut 1/4-inch deep cross in the bottoms of each. Drop them in the boiling salted water and cook until they are fork
tender. Drain the sprouts and drop into ice water to shock and cool. Cut each Brussels sprout in half.

Add the maple syrup to a 10-inch saute pan and warm. Add the Brussels sprouts and bring to a boil. Quickly add the chestnuts and stir in the whole butter. The syrup and butter
will thicken and glaze the sprouts.

Season with salt and pepper and serve.


Maple Granola Supreme

From A Mountain Harvest Cookbook by Roberta Sickler:

Maple Granola Supreme is perfect for a quick breakfast on a sunny front porch, or a fortifying snack to carry on the hiking trail.

  • 1 1/4 c. chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 c. chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 c. chopped almonds
  • 1/2 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1 c. flaked or grated coconut
  • 1/2 c. wheat germ
  • 3 c. rolled oats
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 c. finely chopped raisins
  • 3/4 c. safflower oil
  • 1/2 c. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • For garnish: blueberries, strawberries, banana slices, yogurt or light cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix oil, syrup, and vanilla, and pour over all stirring to distribute evenly. Spread the mix
about 1/4 inch thick on large ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Stir the granola once during baking until light golden brown and chunky. Cool and store in
coffee cans with tight-fitting lids. Maple granola will keep indefinitely in the cupboard.

Serve maple Granola Supreme in individual bowls rimmed with blueberries, strawberries, or banana slices, crowned with a dome of yogurt or served with cream.

Serves 8- 10 people.


Maple Wine

From “Valuable Secrets”, 1809

“Boil 4, 5, or 6 gallons of sap according to its strength into one and add yeast according to the quantity you make. After it is fermented, set it aside in a cool place
well stopped. If kept for two years, it will become a pleasant and round wine.”


Apple Sauce Maple Muffins

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (substitute up to 1/2 cup of the flour with dried red clover blooms if you like)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1-1/4 cups Apple Sauce
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup raisins, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts or dried maple nuts

Combine the flour and baking powder, and stir to mix well. Add the applesauce, maple syrup and egg whites, stir. Fold in fruit or nuts. Coat muffin cups with nonstick
cooking spray, and fill 3/4 full with the batter. Bake at 350 F. for 16 to 18 minutes, or just until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Remove the muffin tin from the oven, and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before removing the muffins. Serve warm with honey and butter.

Melana Hiatt