I had promised to post my children’s cough syrup recipe (way back in September!),
and I just realized after a sweet reader emailed me that I hadn’t yet!
So without further ado, here’s my standby recipe for a children’s cough syrup:
2 parts licorice root
2 parts catnip
2 parts echinacea root
2 parts slippery elm bark
2 parts wild cherry bark
1 part marsh mallow root
1/2 part ginger root
Combine all herbs
(for every 2 ounces of herbs, use 1 quart of water)
Over low heat, simmer herbs and water until reduced by half.
Add 1 part honey (I highly recommend my sage honey, as it helps to clear up mucus as well) to 2 parts tea.
Stir until thoroughly mixed.
Bottle, and shake to combine, and before use.
Use 1/2 teaspoon every 2 hours in children under age 2;
1 teaspoon every two hours for children 2-4 years;
2 teaspoons every two hours for those 4+ years.
This formula keeps best under refrigeration.
Children under the age of 1 should not be fed honey because of the possibility of botulism poisoning. If you are planning to give this to a child under the age of 1, please substitute vegetable glycerin for the honey.
There are fantastic, licensed herbalists out there – I am not one of them. Please take the advice of your doctor, or health practitioner into account before using ANY of these preparations.