Wellness Cabinet Makeover

Cough Syrup Base

I had one of those dry, hacking, painful coughs you can only get courtesy of air travel.  Going from sunny, warm Austin to damp, cold England didn’t help.  Cough drops hadn’t helped.  Desperate, I ducked into a chemist’s shop and stared at rows of unfamiliar labels.  The experienced clerk made two helpful  suggestions – cups of hot Scottish breakfast tea with milk and sugar, and a wonderful local cough syrup made with honey, vinegar, and something called ‘glycerol.’

Back in the US, I discovered ‘glycerol’ was food-grade glycerin – I had used it in cooking but never thought of it as a throat remedy.

Here is an excellent base I’ve adapted from the original note from the chemist’s shop.

I had one of those dry, hacking, painful coughs you can only get courtesy of air travel.  Going from sunny, warm Austin to damp, cold England didn’t help.  Cough drops hadn’t helped.  Desperate, I ducked into a chemist’s shop and stared at rows of unfamiliar labels.  The experienced clerk made two helpful  suggestions – cups of hot Scottish breakfast tea with milk and sugar, and a wonderful local cough syrup made with honey, vinegar, and something called ‘glycerol.’

Back in the US, I discovered ‘glycerol’ was food-grade glycerin – I had used it in cooking but never thought of it as a throat remedy.

Here is an excellent base I’ve adapted from the original note from the chemist’s shop.

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Cough Syrup Base
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Union Jack - Great Britian
Cough Syrup Base
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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup food-grade glycerine
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Combine and heat all of the ingredients. Add any additional herbs, extracts, or essential oils after mixture is thoroughly combined.
Recipe Notes

This contains honey and is not safe for children under the age of one.  Scottish breakfast tea is also not recommended for children under the age of one.

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  • Reply Phillip Barnhart May 11, 2015 at 12:40 am

    FYI you can get small bottles of glycerin at most pharmacies or in the cooking aisle. Since we use it for our soaps and lotions, you may want to pick it up cheaper on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1zRJ9V0

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