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An easy and very palatable cough mixture to have on hand is herb honey. This is standard honey with chopped thyme, horehound, or elderberry added to it. It has a pleasant taste, so children can be easily persuaded to take it. It is particularly soothing for dry, tickly coughs, but the honey mixture can also be used to sweeten herbal teas.
Empty a small jar of honey (ca 125g) into a double boiler or a bowl standing over a pan of simmering water and warm until it can be stirred easily. You can warm the honey directly on the hob, but keep the heat as low as possible and keep stirring to avoid burning the honey!
Add 2-3 teaspoons of finely chopped fresh thyme and/or horehound to the runny honey and stir well to distribute. If you have dried elderberries available, finely chop a teaspoon of berries and add to the honey. Wait for the honey to cool a little, then return to its jar and leave to cool completely. Keep in the fridge and use when needed.
Please note: commercially available thyme honey does not have thyme leaves added to it. It has been produced from thyme blossom and has a wonderful herby taste and aroma. It can be used as the base for herb honey by the method described above.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|