maple cherry mallow osha syrup
I made this when
LiamSage had chickenpox, as he had a flat out awful
retching cough. It kicked ass.
aware this is an entirely eyeballed/felt out recipe.
Don't have any firm ratios for ya.
coarsely chopped or ground osha root and maple syrup (I
eyeballed; enough syrup to cover the roots) to a double
boiler. Heat, and stir occasionally. you want
the syrup to taste really strongly of osha and begin to
crystallize. Strain out the osha, and add the syrup
back into the double boiler. Continue to heat and
crystallize the syrup.
a cold water percolation of wild cherry back, described by
William Cook as such:
Moisten five ounces of coarsely powdered prunus with
cold water, and let it stand twelve hours, (or six hours
in warm weather;) transfer to a percolator, and gradually
add water till a pint of liquid has been obtained.
could also make a cold infusion by suspending the dried
bark in cool to cold water for 4-8 hours. Strain and
a cold infusion of marshmallow root; an ounce to a quart
of water, again, 4-8 hours. Strain and reserve.
Combine the wild cherry and marshmallow infusions.
Remove syrup from heat. Pour the combined cold
infusions ~slowly~ into the double boiler, but NOT all of
it; do it maybe in 1/4 parts, testing for flavor and
consistency as you go. This doesn't turn out as
thick as a syrup made with honey or sugar, and probably
isn't adequately preserved to make large batches to store
(though it did keep well in the fridge - months).
works spectacularly for hot, dry, dreadful sounding
coughs. I gave spoonfuls to the aforementioned
LiamSage in 45 minute intervals. Completely did the
cough in within 24 hours. I've since used it a
number of times, on bronchitis and bad coughs attending
influenza. Great results all the way around.
can, of course, add tinctures to modify or enhance its
effects - lobelia for more severe spasmodic coughing, drop
doses of bloodroot for croup, mullein for wheeziness, ect