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Got Flu? Try this Herbal Cough Syrup

I got the flu this year, first time in years. This was the hit-you-like-a-ton-of-bricks flu, body-slammed with fever, delirium, the whole works. My lungs and head filled up and a few weeks later I still had a deep, nagging cough.  After staring at all the OTC products on the drugstore shelf, weighing the nasty side effects I read about on the packages and the Internet, I figured it was time to go homemade.

Fortunately, I had on hand almost all the ingredients for a kick-ass cherry herbal cough syrup designed to strengthen the lungs, improve the body’s defenses and restore health. It tastes like medicine and seems to be incredibly effective, especially at clearing respiratory passages.

This particular cough syrup is rich with elecampane, cherry juice, honey, cider vinegar, olive leaf extract, astragalus, violet and the berberine-rich tincture of  cryptolepis sanguinolenta. The elecampane, violet and the crypto are homemade, reminding me again how important it is to make the medicine when the time is right and health is abundant.

I use about 1 tablespoon every 3 hours.


For each serving, add the following.

30 drops fresh elecampane root tincture

30 drops cryptolepis sanguinolenta tincture

15-30 drops olive leaf tincture

15-30 drops astragulus tincture

½ – 1 Tablespoon Raw Honey (best quality you can find)

1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar

1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Black Cherry Juice


Step One: Measure out ingredients in a small jar. I usually multiply the recipe by 4, which gives a few days syrup at the ready

Step Two: Cover tightly and shake to mix well.

Step Three: Enjoy 1 Tablespoon every 3 hours as needed. Does not have to be refrigerated if consumed withing 3 days.

DISCLAIMER: This information is solely for educational and informational purposes. We are not medical providers and nothing described here is intended to treat, cure, diagnose or manage any disease, condition or illness. If your symptoms do not resolve, or you have health concerns, consult with your medical practitioner.