Not Quite Snake Oil

I wasn’t quite ready to break blog silence, but I recently shared on FaceBook that I made a home remedy for cough due to cold…( yes I love Forrest Gump) and yes, I likely read it from Pinterest. I had an overwhelming…okay only several requests for the concoction recipe.  I had to look high and low to find the recipe to share with you. I do appreciate the fact that many of my friends use my site for their recipes and actually read my silly musings.

I have to tell you that my son has spent way too much time in the doctor’s office in the last 12 months. So, I figured, why not? Well, the teen boy had himself a big old time over the long weekend staying up late 3 nights in a row with friends. Turns out that one of those friends had a cold and guess what? My son came down with it too! The problem is that a cough will go into an all out asthma flare up in our house.  Yes, I lectured him on the importance of listening to your body…get rest…and don’t spend 72 hours with somebody who is beginning to feel sick. This big man-child will be flying from my nest in about one year to go to college, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, and it worries me to no end that he stupidity/ stubbornness/sense of invincibility will be the death of him and me when we are separated by 4 hours.

Anyway, the home recipe I  read about  was quite different from the one  I grew up with…containing whiskey, lemon juice, and peppermint candy…and according to the author worked great for their family. I have been reading the benefits of organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar and had some on hand. I  also had local honey from a recent trip to the farmer’s market. As you will read, it called for a couple of spices that I also keep on hand. I mixed up “the recipe”… now I’m sounding like the Baldwin sisters from The Waltons…in a jelly jar. I gave it a good shake and dispensed 1 teaspoon. I decided he should take it 3-4 times a day. You may not believe this, but he was dramatically improved in 24 hours. I’m talking he went from hacking up a lung and on full doses of albuterol and missing one day of school to feeling pretty good. My husband has decided to call me Granny Clampet after my stint with making laundry detergent. I don’t care what he calls it. I just want to try to help my family ward off the germs that cause cough due to cold. Of course, I think my Daddy will get a chuckle out of the fact that the laundry soap and the cough medicine was made for a fraction of the cost of the store-bought soap and medicine.

As a side note, my friend, Jenna recommended that I either add elderberry syrup to my mix or take elderberry supplements during cold season. I opted for the capsules and we will add that to the probiotics that I already push. I wonder what is in these things that works so much better than the expensive medicines that we have all gotten used to using/buying?The link below will answer some of those question. The turmeric is known to be a natural anti-inflammatory. As I was reading the recipe from the original post, I remembered that I added the lemon juice and turmeric. Since it worked, I ain’t gonna change it. I ‘ve read that people in India mix turmeric and honey and take daily.  If you leave the lemon juice out , you could keep it on the counter top. If you use the fresh lemon juice, the shelf life is probably on a few days.

Home remedy for cough

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar, Bragg’s
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons water

Mix and take by the teaspoon.


About Debbie

I have been married for 20 years to a Yankee, have two great kids, a fun and funny Southern family, and a whole bunch of friends. I try to enjoy the journey!
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4 Responses to Not Quite Snake Oil

  1. Heidi says:

    Nothing wrong with the tried and true Deb! My parents used to give us a shot glass of blackberry brandy to sip for an upset stomach LOL! I am going to favorite this post for cold season :-)

  2. Mary H says:

    Thanks Debbie. Will save this info; just wish I had it when my “invincible” teen was still in the nest. As for the elderberry supplement, my new favorite adult beverage ingredient is St. Germaine, a liqueur made from the elderflower. Think that counts? :)