Sage and honey is a natural cough remedy that I have used with great effectiveness on many occasions.
It's a very soothing drink as well as helping stop a cough.
Take 5 fresh sage leaves (or one teaspoon of dried sage)
Crush them in your hand to begin the release of the essential oils.
Put them in a pot - I like to use a cafetiere.
Top up with just boiled water - around 2 cups equivalent.
Allow to steep for 5 to 10 minutes, then press the plunger down.
Pour into a cup and add one teaspoon of honey.
Sip slowly, savoring the steam as you do.
This is a natural remedy that I use all the time, not just for me but for my son and his friends - they call it my 'witch's brew'!
This is a typical experience with it - I woke up one morning with a really tight chest that felt it was verging on bronchitis.
I waited a day as I thought it was just a tightness that would go.
By the next morning, I realised that it was getting a hold on me - the tightness in my chest had developed into a burning sensation and I knew I had to do something.
I made this remedy - I don't like the sweetness of honey much so I used a teaspoon of lemon to counteract the sweetness.
I sipped it instead of my regular morning hot drink - OK, instead of my coffee.
Within 30 minutes, the tightness in my chest had disappeared - the cough that accompanied it went over the next hour and I felt great.
It's very soothing and quite pleasant to drink and the great thing about it is that you can make it immediately.
Some natural remedies take a week or longer to 'mature' - this is one you can make and use within minutes!
Herbal teas can be a very effective way of getting the goodness from the herbs into your body quickly. Some herbs don't taste very nice (sorry to say, but they some taste absolutely disgusting!) and unfortunately you *do* need to taste some of them for it to do you any good. Digestive herbs, sometimes referred to as 'bitters' are just that - bitter - and you need the bitterness to begin the process in your system.
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.