The world is currently being ravaged by the novel coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2. And among the symptoms of COVID-19 is coughing. However, what sets it apart from the usual cough is that the cough brought about by COVID-19 tends to be dry.
During the flu season, it is very common for illness that include coughing, like bronchitis, to be prevalent. Although normal coughing is not fatal, it could be uncomfortable and exhausting. Plus, coughing could also affect sleep quality.
Wellness Mama’s Katie Wells has shared a simple DIY herbal cough syrup recipe that anyone struggling with the cough can follow. What’s good about this recipe is it does not only relieve cough, it also helps boost the immune system.
To do this natural cough syrup, you would need raw honey, lemon juice, cinnamon, fresh ginger, chamomile and marshmallow root. All these ingredients have properties that help address the problem and soothe a sore throat.
Raw honey has been proven to stop coughing. Cinnamon boosts immunity while lemon juice provides a good amount of vitamin C. Chamomile relaxes the muscles of the throat. As for fresh ginger, it has anti-inflammatory properties and serves as an expectorant. Finally, marshmallow root helps address the mucus problem and soothes the throat.
To make the syrup, you will need four cups of water, a cup of honey, a tablespoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 cup each of the remaining ingredients. To start the process, mix all the dried herbs and water in a medium size saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Once the volume of the mixture is reduced by half, pour the herb infused water through a strainer or cheesecloth. Add lemon juice and honey to the warm liquid and now you have your very own cough syrup.
The cough syrup should be stored in an airtight container like a glass jar and put in the fridge, so it can last for up to two months. A teaspoon can be given to kids when symptoms persist. Adults can take 1 tablespoon as needed.
Wells indicated that you may also add on other ingredients to the syrup to make it more powerful against the cough and other illnesses. She recommended turmeric, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper and cherry bark extract as great add-ons.