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.
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!