It's tremendously empowering to make my own medicine.
I feel like I'm channeling the generations of women that came before me. The healers. The grandmothers who learned from their grandmothers what to do when a child has a dry cough. These women didn't have Web MD. They knew which plants to use for every common ailment.
I hope to continue teaching myself these home remedies, so that one day I may have my own medicinal garden and be able to help heal others.
I recently learned about the Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Root, both traditionally used to treat a dry cough. They help coat the throat to ease that pesky tickling feeling and allow for healing. Combine that with the soothing power and sweet natural flavor of raw honey, and you've got yourself a homemade cough syrup.
2 cups water
1 tbsp marshmallow root, powdered
1 tbsp slippery elm, powdered
2 tbsp raw honey
Combine the water, marshmallow root, and slippery elm in a pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 30 mins until the liquid is reduced by half. Remove the mixture from heat and allow to cool for 5 mins before stirring in honey. Pour into jar and seal tightly. Store in glass jar in fridge for 1 month. A dose is 2 tsp up to 4 times a day.
Adapted from Do It Gorgeously
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