It is that time of the year again. Leaves are starting to turn, the skies hold a different light and the mornings are chilly. The annual ballet of leaves in their colored tutu's is about to begin! Unfortunately viruses, cold germs, etc., are lining up to the start gate as well. It is satisfying and reassuring to be able to make some of my own tonics, teas and syrups for my family. Oddly enough, they work faster and better than any of the ones I've tried from the grocery store "Cold Care" aisle!
I met fresh Osha root for the first time this week. It is no mystery to me now why Native Americans named it Bear Root and wore it as a spiritual talisman in addition to using it to treat bronchitis and pneumonia. Osha has immense presence, and even if I didn't know what it was, I think I might be able to sense the power within the root. The scent of the fresh root is amazing. Last year I ordered dried Osha root from a herb supplier, and it worked very well. But if you have access to the fresh root, get it! One of my goals in the next year is to learn to identify Osha in the wild and harvest it myself.
If you live on the west coast like I do, Mountain Rose Herbs, Starwest Botanicals or Dandelion Root Botanical Co. should be able to supply you with the ingredients to make this syrup. If you want to grow some of your own medicinal herbs, there is no better supplier of seeds or plants than Horizon Herbs in Oregon, owned by Richo Cech. The variety of plant offerings, and their customer service, are fantastic. The live herbs I have purchased from them have arrived healthy and ready to plant in my yard. Years later, every one of them continues to thrive.
Tina Sams of The Essential Herbal shared her Herbal Cough Syrup recipe (see link below) in The Essential Herbal book, By The Hearth, on page 85, I believe. It is a compilation of the first 5 years of fall/winter articles in The Essential Herbal Magazine. Under The Sun compliments it with spring and summer recipes. They both contain oodles of wonderful articles sent in by Herb lovers across the U.S. and beyond. If you don't have the books, you can order them online from The Essential Herbal Magazine and they are keepers! I refer to them all the time.
The recipe below is from The Essential Herbal Blog.
Once I started making this cough syrup, it mutated a little based on ingredients I was able to purchase or had in my pantry. I will post the recipe I made below.
|Fresh Osha Cough Syrup|