Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Home Made Cough Syrup

I know that it's spring and you don't want to think about winter and colds and coughing. But now is the best time to do this, so get your lazy ass outside and do something for yourself. You're gonna thank me in winter. XD

You're gonna need spruce shoots. Find a proper spruce and politely ask it for permission to use it's shoots. Once that formality is through...


Taaaadaaa... You have a sh*t load of spruce shoots. Make sure they're ''clean'' - but you don't have to wash them or anything.


Find a huge glass jar and start layering: one layer of shoots and one layer of sugar. It's important that you start with shoots and finish with sugar. You can also use honey instead of sugar, but I personally think that's a ''waste'' of honey. Why not use sugar... It's cheaper and you can still use your honey in a hot cup of tea. ;)

Close tight lid and place the jar on a warm place (not on direct sun!) for a month/month and a half until the sugar melts.


After the sugar melts, pass the liquid through a strainer and pour it into smaller glass bottles. Don't forget to label them. =)

My mother and sister cough like crazy when they get sick and this is THE medicine for that. Believe me, I know. And it's also quite expensive to buy spruce shoots syrup in stores, so ...

P.S.: You can use this syrup in tea, on pancakes and other 'things' that need sweetening. ;D

Thanks for looking!

38 comments:

  1. Do you have any photos of the finished product?

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  2. the jar looks great! :)

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  3. Wow that's interesting. Kinda awesome :)


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  4. ewwwwwwwwww! really??? doesn't it taste weird??? like...all christmas tree-y and stuff??

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  5. Those shoots are also edible. Quite delicious actually.
    Have to try it your way though, never heard of it before

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  6. So cool! I'm totally trying this!

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  7. Not at the moment, but I will be updating with the photos of the jar. =)

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  8. It tastes great! Better than any other syrup. =) It doesn't have a christmas-y taste at all. That's because you use shoots and not the old branches. =)

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  9. I never tried them, I have to admit it.

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  10. Awesome! I can't wait to try this.
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  11. OH wow, this is genius. My flatmate in Italy made something like this for me once when I had a cough and I always wonder what she did. Now I'm gonna try it! *does a dance*

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  12. lol, this was unexpected! :D and that stuff is disgusting, but I heard it really helps.

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  13. W0W this is amazing, thank you so much for sharing this. I love natural remedies and things. :D

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  14. waa, love it!ta sirup si kar naprej mešam v čaj pozimi ker mi je ful všeč okus...se moram zmigat, da si naredim zalogo za zimo!

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  15. Great idea, i'm writing down your recipe.
    I'm definitely going to "hunt" this shoots. Any kind of spruce works ?
    Can i let the shoots dry and use them after ?
    What i like to use when i start to cought or when my throat hurts is hot thyme tea with lemon and honey. It works very well for me and is a bit easier to find than spruce if you don't live near them.

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  16. you don't put anything to let the sugar melt? i mean, does it melt and become a syrup only by putting it in layers?
    I've to try it!

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  17. =D Glad this recipe will come in handy.

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  18. It's not disgusting at all. Maybe you're doing it wrong. XD

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  19. No, končno nekdo, ki se strinja, da je tale zadeva the best! =)

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  20. I think you can use any kind of shoots. Some people even use juniper shoots. =) I don't know about drying them though. I think it's about the essential oils... The shoots have to be fresh to do this.
    Hot tea with honey helps, but this syrup is THE thing. Believe me. =)

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  21. Nope - just sugar and spruce shoots. The sugar melts by itself and a little help from the shoots. =) And it *does* become syrup-y. I'll keep you updated on this thing... once I see some action in those jars I'll post about it.

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  22. Ej ful dobro! :)
    Bom probala.

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  23. This is interesting. I love to hear about natural remedies, but I don't think we live near any spruce trees. I've never heard of this one. I'll have to ask my friend who is familiar with lots of natural remedies.

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  24. These trees are beautiful!
    I live in Brazil (northeast... the hottest part of Brazil) so we don't have these trees here...
    But my mother make syrup with mint leaves. It works just the same!
    Oh, and the sugar melts because it drains the sap from the leaves/shoots. It's a hygroscopic thing...

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  25. Amazing! I love homemade remedies so I am going to try this ASAP!

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  26. Vršički! So kar močna stvar, no, kar se spomnim iz otroštva, sedaj jih ne pripravlamo več...

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  27. Awesome post..now I have to find a Spruce in Southern California..Haha!

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  28. Too bad there's no Spruce near me!

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  29. This is great! I can't take regular cough syrups because of the drugs in them. I'm going to find a friendly spruce tree today.

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  30. Thank you very much for sharing this. I want to make some before the spruce shoot grow up! I've gone for a walk the other day, hoping I'd fine spruce trees but eh, I didn't.

    I don't normally eat sugar... (not good for an ex-fat): do you think it'd work with fructose in powder?

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  31. we have a product in Canada similar called Buckleys

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  32. what would the dosage be?

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  33. I never heard spruce can cure cough, amazing post!

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  34. we also doing this at home sometimes but usually when someone have cough we use chopped onion sprinkled with sugar and after 1 or 2 our homemade tasty sirup is ready

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  35. What a cool post! This would be fun to try :)

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