Herbal Cough Remedy

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HANE Tincture 101 June 2024

Just imagine row after row of amber and cobalt blue bottles lining the shelves of your herbal dispensary, each neatly labeled and filled with various shades of yellow, green, and brown herbal tinctures that you’ve crafted for a specific purpose. In the online, self-paced Tincture Making 101 Mini Course, we explore the craft of tincture making from the ground up, giving you a solid foundation that will prepare you to make, use, and formulate tinctures confidently! 

This is the perfect time for the tincture course - plants are growing abundantly and you ought to take advantage of that, to harvest and prepare your herbal preparations ready for the winter. 

dried sage

This is a simple soothing herbal cough remedy.

It's so easy to make.

It will store for several weeks in a jar. Just take a tablespoon in warm water and use three times a day for relief from your cough.

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The herb you use will depend on your symptom.

To ease a tight chest, use thyme, for a chill, use sage - you can combine these with rosemary to combat lethargy.

Honey is a natural antiseptic. It coats the respiratory tract and keeps the herbs in contact.

The quantities here are for a 'good bottle' of medicine.

Take 1 pint or  500ml of water and bring to the boil.

Add 1 oz or 25g of dried herbs.

Bring back to the boil and then allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

Strain the liquid to remove the flakes of herbs - use a muslin cloth or kitchen roll over a sieve.

Return to the pan and add 1lb (450g) of honey, stir it whilst it melts into the herbal mixture.

Simmer gently for a further 20 minutes.

Allow this mixture to cool and then put in a jar.

Use 1 tbspn in warm water as and when required - sipping it is a very soothing remedy for your cough.  I like to add some lemon juice to the mixture to make it slightly less sweet. 

You might find that this natural cough remedy will only be needed three times a day, but you can use it more often if you need to.

It is most effective using thyme - this seems to ease the congestion caused by a cough.

My personal favourite is sage and I also use it fresh out of the garden to make a herb tea sweetened with honey.

Herb Tips


Do not give honey to babies under 12 months. It can occasionally carry a bacteria which could cause botulism in infants - their system isn't mature enough to cope with the bacteria, which older children are. 

Botulism can be fatal - it is a condition which attacks the nervous system, causes paralysis, consequently affecting the respiratory system. 

In most cases, you can substitute sugar for honey in recipes - obviously that will not have any medicinal properties, but it will sweeten and thicken syrups and similar preparations. 

The information on this website is in no way intended as medical advice and nor should it be taken as such.

If symptoms don't improve, consult your doctor. 

If you have a medical condition, you must consult a Herbal Practitioner or a Medical Doctor. 

If you are pregnant, you must consult your doctor or nurse before trying any herbal remedy.

If you are already taking pharmaceuticals, then speak to your doctor about taking herbs - some drugs react badly with herbs and you need to know that you are not going to do more harm than good.

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