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Herbal Syrups
COUGH SYRUP RECIPES


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  • General Instructions - How To Make Herbal Syrups
  • Herbal Syrup Recipes
  • Herbal Descriptions
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  • GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS - HOW TO MAKE HERBAL SYRUPS

    1. Combine approximately 2 ounces of herbs and 1 quart of water. Begin simmering the mixture over low heat and reduce liquid down to 1 pint.

    2. Strain herbs from the liquid by running through a fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth or coffee filter. Pour concentrated liquid back into the simmer pot. Note: Be sure to compost the discarded herbs.

    3. Add 1 cup of Honey (or Maple Syrup, Vegetable Glycerin, Sugar) per pint of liquid.

    4. Warm honey and liquid, on very low heat, just enough to blend together. Note: Cooking honey any longer, or on a high heat, will destroy the healing properties of the honey.

    5. Bottle, label, and refrigerate syrup.





    HERBAL SYRUP RECIPES


    HERBAL COLD & COUGH SYRUP RECIPE

    Ingredients:
    Directions:

    1. Grate Ginger.
    2. Add dried herbs, ginger, and 1 quart of water to pot. Simmer on low heat until liquid is reduced to 1 pint.
    3. Strain herbs.
    4. Add 1 cup of honey to liquid. Over low heat, warm just enough to mix well.
    5. Bottle, label, and refrigerate.


    Dosage: The syrup can be used as often as needed, up to every hour, until symptoms are relieved. For Children: 1 teaspoon. For persons 10 years and older: 1 tablespoon.
    Expiration: Syrup will keep in refrigerator for approximately 3 months.

    Tips: You can add an ounce of brandy to the syrup in order to help preserve the syrup. Adding the brandy also allows the syrup to act as a cough suppressant. Preserving with brandy will increase expiration to approximately 6 months.

  • Feel free to experiment with the herbs. For example, consider adding Valerian for restlessness.

  • If you do not have Licorice Root on hand, you can make the syrup simply with Echinacea and Ginger. However, increase amount of dried Echinacea Root to 1/2 cup.

  • You can add 1/2 cup chopped Onion to the herbs and Ginger for a increase in medicinal properties.



  • MARSHMALLOW COUGH SYRUP RECIPE

    Gather the Ingredients:
    Instructions

    1. In a small saucepan, bring Marshmallow root and water to a boil.
    2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
    3. Strain liquid into another saucepan (should result in about 1 cup)
    4. Over a low heat, slowly stir in sugar until it becomes thick and granules completely dissolve. Add more water if it becomes too thick.
    5. Remove from heat and stir in orange or lemon juice.
    6. Transfer to a container and allow to cool before covering tightly. Label, and refrigerate.


    Dosage: The syrup can be used as often as needed, up to every hour, until symptoms are relieved. For Children: 1 teaspoon. For persons 10 years and older: 1 tablespoon.
    Expiration: Syrup will keep in refrigerator for approximately 3 months.





    HERBAL DESCRIPTIONS

    ECHINACEA HERBAL PROFILE

    Three species of the Echinacea herb are useful in medicine: Echinacea augustifolia, Echinacea purpurea, and Echinacea pallida. Research has shown that Echinacea increases production of interferon in the body, which helps increase antiviral activity against influenza (flu) and herpes, an inflammation of the skin and mouth. It is antiseptic and antimicrobial, with properties that act to increase the number of white blood cells available to destroy bacteria and slow the spread of infection. This herb is thought to be an immune stimulant. Taking this herb at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms can actually shorten the term of a cold or even abort it when caught early enough. Echinacea Root is also known as Purple Coneflower and considered very valuable by the North American Indians. Echinacea possesses confirmed anitbacterial and antiviral properties. It is profoundly supportive of the immune system, and Echinacea's therapeutic power amazed practitioners. Echinacea is effective both internally, against such as colds, flu and tonsilitis, and externally against many kinds of stubborn skin problems. The decoction can be used as a mouthwash for pyorrhoea and gingivitis, and as a douche for vaginal infections. Echinacea is the subject of much contemporary research. Its complex chemistry seems to support the immune system by activating white blood cells. Echinacea also increases the production of interferon, an important part of the bodyís response to viral infections. Many double-blind studies have confirmed that echinacea is effective for treating colds and flu. Other modern clincial studies confirm that echinacea, taken both internally and used as a douche, is extremely effective against vaginal yeast infections.

    Echinacea is usually taken at the onset of a cold or flu and continued for 7 to 14 days.
    When using a powdered extract, take 300 mg 3 times a day.
    The standard dosage of an alcohol tincture (1:5) is 3 to 4 ml 3 times daily.
    For Echinacea juice, take 2 to 3 ml 3 times a day, and the whole root, 1 to 2 grams, 3 times a day.
    Echinacea comes in many forms: Capsules, Tablets, Powder and Tincture, the best result is to follow the instructions on the package.





    GINGER HERBAL PROFILE

    Ginger root has also been recommended as a treatment for atherosclerosis, migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, burns, ulcers, depression, impotence, and liver toxicity. Ginger Essential Oil is an ideal oil for those who lack confidence, personal drive and tend to procrastinate. Scientific studies have shown Ginger to be an effective treatment for nausea and motion sickness. It is also used as a treatment for atherosclerosis, migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, burns, ulcers, depression, impotence, and liver toxicity. Chinese herbalists prescribe Ginger tea at the onset of a cold to ward off infection. Ginger has also been used as a treatment for Raynaudís disease, sciatica, seborrhea, sore throat, swelling, tendinitis, toothache, ulcers, viral infections. Ginger stimulates the circulation and helps blood flow to the surface, making it an important remedy for chilblains and poor circulation to the hands and feet. By improving the circulation, Ginger helps reduce high blood pressure. Ginger also increases sweating and helps reduce fever.

    Fresh ginger contains more of its beneficial compounds than dried ginger and will last up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer. When purchasing dried ginger, choosing organic will ensure that is has not been irradiated.

    A standard dose for most purposes is 1 to 4 grams of powdered Ginger taken daily in 2 to 4 divided doses. A serving size of fresh ginger is 2 half-inch slices. To prevent motion sickness, begin treatment 1 or 2 days before the trip, and continue taking it throughout the travel period. Make Ginger tea from the boiled Ginger root as a remedy for nausea associated with pregnancy. Chilled, carbonated, and sweetened Ginger tea is the original form of ginger ale, the famous anti-nausea beverage. Powdered Ginger can be used in the tea instead of the root.




    GINGER TEA RECIPE


    4 cups of Water
    2 inch-piece of fresh Ginger Root
    Honey (Optional)
    Lemon (Optional)

    Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste.

    Note: Keep in mind that if you are making this tea to strengthen the immune system and ward off colds and flu, sweeteners are not recommended.





    LICORICE HERBAL PROFILE

    Licorice (Glycyrrhzin) is used for HIV / AIDS therapy as it increases T-cell counts and preserves immune function. General Uses: It is taken orally (DGL form) for ulcers, heartburn (esophageal reflux), and mouth sores. Other oral uses involving the whole herb is the treatment of coughs, asthma, and chronic fatigue syndrome. In its topical form (whole herb), Licorice can be used for eczema, psoriasis, and herpes. Scientific studies suggest regular use of DGL can heal ulcers as well as some over the counter medications; however, they must be taken regularly or the ulcer will return.

    For Ulcer Pain: Chew two to four 380-mg tablets of DGL before meals and at bedtime in conjunction with conventional medical care.
    For Mouth Sores: Sucking on the tablets will relieve the pain. For best results, follow the directions listed on the label.
    For Respiratory Problems: Take orally 1 to 2 grams of licorice root 3 times daily, not to exceed a week.
    For Eczema, Psoriasis, or Herpes: Apply licorice cream to affected area twice daily.
    For HIV/AIDS: Take Glycyrrhizin Tablets, 50 to 75 mg daily. Use for 6 weeks, then take a 2-week break. Do not substitute deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL).
    For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: This treatment must be taken under a health care provider's supervision to be given the needed dosage for the best possible effects.

    Caution: Do not use licorice if you have glaucoma or an estrogen-dependent disorder such as breast cancer, endometriosis, or fibrocystic breasts. Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.


    Consume Potassium rich foods such as Bananas or Citrus juices, or take a Potassium supplement daily when taking this herb.





    MARSHMALLOW HERBAL PROFILE

    The primary use of Marshmallow Root is to relieve digestive and respiratory problems, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and asthma. Marshmallow root, as well as of each of the below mentioned plants described as substitutes, is demulcent and diuretic, and may be used indiscriminately, the one for the other. They will be found valuable, in the form of decoction, in diseases of the mucous tissues, as hoarseness, catarrh, pneumonia, gonorrhea, vesical catarrh, renal irritation, acute dysentery, and diarrhea. In strangury, inflammation of the bladder, hematuria, retention of urine, some forms of gravel, and indeed in nearly every affection of the kidney and bladder, their use will be found advantageous. Much use is made of them combined with equal parts of Spearmint, in urinary derangements.

    Usage: 1 teaspoon. 2 to 3 times a day depending on condition.





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