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One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Monday, January 6, 2014

Homemade Cough Syrup

(the beautiful snowflake kitchen towel was part of a Christmas gift from my Mom)

Here we go again.  Cough, cold, and flu season.  However, I used my youngest daughter's technique with Google ("no time to shop" but it's really no way to get out of the driveway,  and the fact I need to make it with what I have on hand and stay warm inside), and came up with a cough syrup recipe.  We got dumped with snow, and today by afternoon the temps will be that glorious -20° to -40F.  Even banks closed today.  So.... 
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Besides, I can't let January go by without trying a new self-sufficient recipe of some sort.  And the fact we will be inside for the next 48 hours while we wait for the "deep freeze" to pass.

Note:  I have a disclaimer on my blog - I am not a doctor, so please read it, especially regarding homemade / natural remedies.  I simply share my personal experiences.  I do share, because there are folks out there who want to be more self-sufficient, live simple, and healthier lives.

Homemade Cough Syrup
1/2 cup good whiskey (or scotch, bourbon, or real moonshine)
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup organic lemon juice
2 Tbsp of freshly grated ginger

Heat all ingredients on med-low heat until it simmers.  Remove from heat, strain and let cool.  Shake before using. Adult dose: 2 Tbsp. 

Note:  I used whiskey for my cough syrup.  I've tried making syrups in the past, without the alcohol, and they did not work as well.  It made the amount you see in the photo (I used a pint canning jar).

However, I do not know the proper storage for this cough syrup, nor the length of shelf life.  So, if you have experience with this, please do share.  I'm sure that this amount won't last long when there is bad cough going on, but it would be nice to have better knowledge of it.

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My 19 year-old needs to make more visits to see Winston, or he won't want to leave me.  This morning he face-rubbed my nose before I got up. Ha ha ha!

We are about to see the weather change to high winds and extreme cold temperatures.  Do you ever notice how dramatic the news forecasters are when unpleasant weather is due to arrive?  Stay warm and stay safe!


Little Homestead In Boise said...

Hope you're not TOO buried! That's sounds like the old remedy my Mom had as a kid to sleep with a bad cough/cold- boiling water, shot of alcohol, juice of 1/2 lemon, honey to taste. They'd also do mustard packs on their chests- dried mustard as a paste with a wet, hot flannel rag. She said they worked!

Kristina said...

This cough syrup really works. I will have to keep whiskey on hand, especially in the winter time from now on.

RB said...

I would think the alcohol in the whiskey and the anti-bacterial properties of the honey would keep it shelf-stable for quite a while, at least if stored in a cool dark place.

And hey, if it doesn't work well for coughs, just pour it over some ice, add a swizzle stick and a lemon twist, and chug away. LOL

God bless.


Kristina said...

RB, thanks for the tip on shelf life. You made me laugh too. So far, the syrup is working great.