Kitchen Medicine: Wild Cherry Cough Syrup


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Coughs can be so uncomfortable. Coughs can linger after the cold has long gone. Herbal cough syrups hold possibility to soothe and quiet a cough or support expectoration. Today’s kitchen medicine has three steps and uses three herbs combined to make a cough syrup that keeps in the refrigerator for when you need it.

Ingredients for Wild Cherry Cough Syrup:

Dried Mullein Leaf, Dried Wild Cherry Bark, Dried Angelica Root

Water, Honey

Tinctures: 2 ounces each of Wild Cherry, Mullein Leaf and Angelica Root

Cough Syrup Recipe Instructions:

Day 1: make teas (measure as volume in glass measuring cup)

Wild Cherry Bark

6 ounce dried wild cherry bark

6 ounce room temperature or cool water

Combine in glass jar with lid

Let sit, covered at room temperature overnight or 12 hours. Strain.

Refrigerate until ready to use

Mullein Leaf

4 ounce dried mullein leaf

4 ounce hot water

Combine and steep for 30 minutes. Strain

Refrigerate until ready to use

Day 2: make honeys

Mullein Leaf

1 ounce prepared strong mullein tea

1 ounce honey

Gently warm tea, then stir in honey until dissolved

Angelica Root

5 ounce dried angelica root

5 ounce honey

Combine angelica root and honey in top of double boiler. Add 1-2 inches of water to bottom of double boiler and heat to gentle simmer. Add top of double boiler and cover. Simmer on lowest heat for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally. Add more honey if needed so angelica root remains immersed in it. Strain while still warm.

Day 3: finish syrup

Measure 2 ounces of each tincture - angelica root, mullein leaf, wild cherry bark

Combine honeys, tea and tinctures in large (32oz) glass measuring cup. Stir to combine.

Pour into smaller bottles using a funnel for neatness. Label. Keep in refrigerator.


Mountain Rose Herbs - source for dried herbs

Jim McDonald, Herbalist -

Juliet Blankespoor’s Online Herbal Immersion

Herbalist & Alchemist - source for tinctures

Specialty Bottle - source for glass medicine bottles

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Dina Ranade is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. She is also a mom of three - two daughters in college and a 17 year old son finishing up high school. Dina loves cooking for her family despite the challenges that this creates. She passionately loves exploring culinary herbalism and has been working on stocking her home kitchen apothecary or medicine cabinet.

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