December 7, 2007, Newsletter Issue #138: Herbal Treatments For Cough

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Coughs are a common partner to a cold, but often persist when the cold has faded. Horehound and thyme are the traditional herbal treatments for cough and both are easy to prepare at home.

Fresh horehound leaves, thyme, elderberries and nettles are all useful remedies for coughs. Horehound and elderberries are usually made into an easy to swallow syrup, by boiling the herb / fruit in sugar water until thickened, while fresh chopped thyme is often mixed with honey. Young nettle leaves make a zingy tea, while tea made from dried leaves has a stronger flavor. Nettles can also be used in omelets, soups, stir-fries or salads.

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