Natural Remedies

Homemade Natural Cough Syrup

Cough Syrup

All natural herbs and honey based cough syrup. Herbs to choose from are: sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley, oregano, mint, etc.

From the article “Old World Cures for Winter Ailments” by Linda Gabris

Vitality magazine


mixed fresh or dried herbs 3 cups fresh or 1/2 cup dried
water 2 cups
creamed clover honey 1 cup
  • Add 3 cups fresh mixed herbs or 1/2 cup dried herbs into 2 cups of water. Herbs to choose from are
    • sage,
    • thyme,
    • rosemary,
    • parsley,
    • lavender,
    • oregano,
    • borage and
    • mint.

You can also add the following to the herb measure: dried plantain leaf, chamomile flowers, dried raspberry leaves, ground wild ginger rhizomes or fresh grated or dried commercial ginger root

  • Bring mixture to a boil, simmer about 20 minutes or until reduced to half.
  • Remove from heat, cover and steep until cold.
  • Strain liquid into clean pan.
  • Put back on stove and add 1 cup of creamed clover honey.
  • Heat until blended. Cool. Pour into sterilized bottle and cap.
  • Take 1 tsp as needed. Store the cough syrup in a cool place and it will save indefinitely.

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Oil Blend for Hair

In 1999, Scottish dermatologist Dr. Isabelle C. Hay and a team of researchers from the Department of Dermatology at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary ( discovered during double-blind, controlled study that an essential oil blend applied to the scalp can help with hair regrowth caused by alopecia areata.  86 patients were divided into two groups and over a seven-month period one group massaged an essential oil blend onto their scalps daily for two minutes while another group did the same thing with only the carrier oils jojoba and grapeseed. At the end of the study, 19 of the 43 patients in the active group demonstrated significantly improved hair growth while only six of the 41 patients in the control group showed improvement. One man in the active group grew a full head of hair after being completely bald. The recipe used in the study is as follows.
• atlas cedarwood essential oil – 2 drops
• thyme essential oil – 2 drops
• rosemary essential oil – 3 drops
• lavender essential oil – 3 drops
• jojoba carrier oil – ½ tsp
• grapeseed carrier oil – 4 tsp
Using a small glass jar mix the jojoba and grapeseed oils together first. Then add the essential oils one at a time and place the lid on the jar. Shake the oils together to mix them together.Other studies have identified a number of essential oils that can potentially stimulate hair growth in hair loss patients. Some of the essential oils include:

  • lavender
  • arnica
  • rosemary
  • bay
  • lemon
  • Roman chamomile
  • basil
  • grapefruit

Lavender and rosemary are always considered hair growth essential oils. A 1998 Archives of Dermatology study found that rosemary essential oil can stimulate hair growth.