Posted by: Food Lover | October 12, 2011

Homemade Cough Syrup

Warning: Because Marshmallow coats the lining of the throat and digestive tract, it may inhibit the absorption of medication. Wait 1 hour after taking medications to take anything with marshmallow root.

3 cups water
.5 cup sugar
.25 cup orange juice or juice of 1 lemon
1.5 – 2.5 cups dried marshmallow root

1.5 – 2 tsp corn startch
.25 cup water

A. In a small saucepan combine water and marshmallow root, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 min. Strain liquid into another saucepan, removing the roots, leaving about 1 cup of liquid. Over a low heat slowly stir in sugar until completely dissolved.

B. Take the corn starch and dissolve it completely into .25 cups of warm tap water. Add to liquid and raise the temperature until it boils, then quickly reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer until the liquid thickens.

C. Stir in the orange juice or lemon juice. Place in tightly sealed container, then keep in the fridge.


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The healing qualities of marshmallow root have been used since ancient civilizations and it has been commonly used as a cough syrup since the Middle Ages.

Known by it’s scientific name as Althaea Officinalis, the roots and leaves contain Mucilage, a thick gooey substance found in some plants, this coats the throat and digestive system. It also has tannis which is effective in protecting the kidneys, as well antiviral, antibacterial and anti-parasitic effects. It increases the flow of breast milk and soothes the bronchial tubes. Marshmallow root is often used to help soar throats, inflammations of the mouth, coughs, indigestion and gastroesophageal refulx disease.

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