Sometimes it is wise to prepare things in advance, to benefit from them in the future. So when linden flowers and elderflowers are blooming ( around June) that is the right time to make your homemade cough syrup and use it later when you have a cold or when a flu epidemic arises in the neighborhood and you need something for prevention.
“Happiness is homemade”
And it truly is, because every part of this process is a pleasure. You need to start with a long walk to search for linden blossoms and elderflowers. You will also need to get some thyme from your herb garden and raw honey from the local beekeeper. Other things you can get at your local store are:
Elderflowers, thyme, and linden together with cinnamon are used to fight colds, sore throat, fever and to ease coughing (expectorant). They can be used for the prevention of flu and cold. Elderflowers are considered as the top antiviral herb in the world and we write about its medical properties here. Thyme has been used for centuries to treat bronchitis and cough. Cinnamon is ranked number one for its antioxidant properties. Linden known also as lime (UK) or basswood (USA) in other parts of the world is famous for its tea which is made of linden blossoms. They have many medical benefits, they induce sweating so they help with detoxication of the body. In addition, it’s used for symptoms such as sore throat or inflamed respiratory tracts.
And why do I use raw honey?
Well, raw honey hasn’t been heated to high temperatures and pasteurized as most of the commercialized honey sold in supermarkets. So it keeps all the nutrients that are heat sensitive, like enzymes and antioxidants. That is why it is important to find a beekeeper in your neighborhood and treat him well :).
How to use this homemade cough syrup?
Use this syrup as prevention, every day 1 table spoon as well as if you already fight the cold up to 3-6 times a day Alternatively in a form of hot tea – 1 tablespoon of syrup in 1 cup of hot water.
How do you make a cough go away?
Here are a few tips for you to successfully beat your cough at home
- It is always a good idea to get enough fluids, moreover when you’re fighting a cold or a cough. Staying hydrated helps thin the mucus and makes coughs more efficient. Water is good as well as chicken soup.
- suck on lozenges – they make the back of the throat less sensitive and decrease the cough reflex. These cough drops coat your throat to prevent the itchy feeling.
- drinking hot thyme tea with honey and lemon helps sooth your throat. Well known expectorant, thyme has also antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral properties and is ideal in fighting colds, coughs or sore throats. The homemade cough syrup featured in this post is also very effective in the form of hot tea -1 tablespoon of syrup with hot water. Alternatively you can use these roasted herbal fruit teas with rose hips and thyme to boost your immunity.
- Sometimes a room that is too dry can irritate your throat. In which case use humidifiers to moisturize your room and help your cough.
- a hot shower or bath might help you reduce secretions in the nose and will relieve your breathing.
- if none of the above natural tips help then you might consider to turn to over-the-counter medicines to ease your pain.
If you don’t have access to any of the herbs above, you can make a very efficient cough syrup from spruce tips only.