If it isn’t my darn allergies it is a cold I have a heck of a time shaking. Thought I would share some home remedies for the pesky coughs that just won’t go away………

Home Remedy for Coughs #1 – Honey and Cinnamon

Pour some honey in a small container (I used an 8 ounce mason jar) and mix in some cinnamon to taste.  Take one spoonful as needed to quiet cough. Both cinnamon and honey are anti-bacterial and anti-viral, and the honey coats and soothes the throat.

Home Remedy for Coughs #2 – Lemon

Lemon helps to loosen and clear phlegm.  You can mix it with your honey, make a lemon gargle (1/4 cup water plus 2 tablespoons lemon), or mix up a cup of warm lemonade (1 cup water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, sweetener to taste).

Home Remedy for Coughs #3 – Elderberry Syrup

What you will need:
2 quarts elderberry juice
1lb (450g) of sugar per pint of juice (4 pounds total for our batch)

Juice of one lemon per pint of liquid (Juice of four lemons)
10 cloves per pint of liquid (40 cloves)

What you will need to do:

Sterilize eight 16-ounce jars, keep hot.  Heat lids and rings in hot water, keep warm but not boiling.  Fill water bath canner and bring to boil.

Combine all ingredients in a large, non-reactive pot.  Heat and stir until all sugar is dissolved.  Bring to boil and boil for ten minutes (this infuses the flavor of the spices into the syrup).   Ladle hot syrup into sterilized jars leaving 1/4″ headspace. Wipe rims clean and screw on the lids. Process for 10 minutes in water bath canner (add 1 minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level).  Makes around 7-8 pints of syrup.  (Obviously, you can adjust this recipe to make a smaller batch.  We just had a LOT of juice available.)

* Note *
If you aren’t a fan of cloves you can replace with cinnamon ( 2 cinnamon sticks )

Home Remedy for Coughs #4 – Hot Tea

Whether it’s herbal or regular, the steam and extra liquid provided by hot tea help loosen congestion, keep you hydrated and soothe irritated tissues,

Home Remedy for Coughs #5 – Peppermint

Sucking on a peppermint candy or sipping a drop or two of high quality peppermint essential oil in a glass of water may also help calm a cough.  Use caution with this one – don’t use more than six drops of peppermint oil, and don’t use the oil with children.

Home Remedy for Coughs #6– Steam

Few things are more comforting than a warm, steamy shower for loosening congestion and opening air ways.  This is likely to provide only temporary relief, but it sure feels good.  Keeping a humidifier running to moisten air will also help a dry cough/itchy throat.

Home Remedy for Coughs #7 – Booze

There’s a reason many over the counter medications contain alcohol.  Alcohol kills bacteria and acts as a counter-irritant in the throat (thus the burn on the way down).  Instead of high priced alcohol cocktail, adults may opt for a simple shot of liquor to calm their cough.  Mom used to dose us with peppermint schnapps. Just a sip can often have the desired effort.  Whiskey is another popular option, but I think the alcohol/peppermint combination is better.

Home Remedy for Coughs #8 – Chinese Hot Mustard, Wasabi or Horseradish

If you can brave them, these fiery spices can kill your cough – and possibly your taste buds – as well as clearing out congestion in a hurry.  You can use them liberally on food, or take them straight.  What I don’t recommend is something a college friend of mine did on a dare – inhaling Chinese hot mustard right up your nose.  He won the bet and cleared his congestion, but I don’t think his sense of smell has been the same since.

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