Syrups are the tastiest and sweetest types of herbal medicine available, and they are loved by children and adults alike. So, learning how to make herbal syrup recipe for coughs and colds is definitely a good way to start building your first aid kit for you and your family.
“There are herbs that assist us in disease prevention, no matter what the foe, and these herbs can become part of your regular cold and flu first aid kit,” says Sarah Powell, an herbalist, medical anthropologist and proprietor of the natural bath & body business, Lilith’s Apothecary in her article Herbal Syrup: Fight Off Colds with an Herbal Arsenal published in MotherEarthLiving.
It is a good idea to have multiple herbal syrups at your disposal. Syrups are a great vehicle for delivering extra strong, perhaps unpleasant tasting herbal decoctions to those adverse to those medicinal flavors. Children, especially, tolerate herbal syrups much better than their derivative decoctions or tincture cousins, and will happily take a spoonful of Echinacea or Astragalus syrup without batting an eye.
Some of the best herbs ingredients to use for herbal syrup recipe include thyme, peppermint, hyssop, violets, horehound, white pine, yarrow, sage, mullein, elderberry, ginger root, echinacea root and licorice root, to name a few.
How to Make Herbal Syrup Formulation
The recipe for making an herbal syrup is very easy:
1) Gather together whatever herbs you would like, using the ratio of 1 cup of dried herbs per 1 pint of water. Bring them to a boil. If you can use a glass pot, that is ideal, because metal can interact with herbs and alter their chemistry. But use whatever you have.
2) Simmer until the water level is reduced to one-half or even down to one-quarter of what it was. This is your herbal concentrate.
3) Let it cool, and then strain the herbs out. You could use a coffee filter or a mesh screen or a handkerchief. Squeeze the herbs to get any last bits of medicine extracted in the water.
4) Add 8 tablespoons each of honey and vegetable glycerin per quart of herbal concentrate. Stir it in. Refrigerate it. Voila!
That’s it, folks. Making your own herbal syrup recipe and formulation is relatively easy once you decide which herbs to use.