3/19/13

Syrup for Cough..or Pancakes, You Choose!


Long before my love affair with lemon, lime, and grapefruit oil, I began a relationship with coconut oil.  It is antibacterial and antiviral. And tell me truly, can anything unpleasant come from a coconut? I think not! I use it for all sorts of things from spreading on my muffins and pancakes, to a body scrub, to deodorant. It is just that good.

I found a blog recently, completely devoted to all things coconut. It is www.thecoconutmama.com. I tried her recipe for cough medicine and loved it. So did my friend who appreciated a little jar of it. She told me she would fake a cough, heh, heh, just to go and get a spoonful. How often does that happen with cough syrup? The real test is always my husband and guinea pig. He makes the craziest faces when faced with medicine. All I got when I offered him this stuff was a smile. And that is saying something.

Saturday morning while I was mixing up a batch of fluffy whole wheat buttermilk pancakes for the kids, I was also stirring up the cough syrup for my allergy suffering husband. Then when I was done, I wasn't sure whether to give it to him or pour it on my pancakes. That, my friends is the sign of a good medicine. Temptation to pour it on pancakes! Can your cough syrup do that? I think not!

Here is the recipe, adapted a little since I rarely follow recipes.

Honey Lemon Soothing Throat Syrup
Juice from one lemon
2 T coconut oil
3 T raw honey (local preferred)
4-5 drops lemon essential oil

Heat first three ingredients on the stove until the coconut oil is just melted. Do not overheat or you will become a honey killer. Take a tablespoon at a time as needed or pour over your pancakes.

If it is cold weather, you may need to put it in a warm water bath to melt the coconut oil. Can be taken hot or cold. I have found that if it is warm it soothes my throat as the coconut oil coats it.  All the most important lessons in life really can be learned from a Disney movie. A spoonful of "bee sugar" really does help the medicine go down. I feel a little tickle in my throat...guess I better make more.

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18 comments:

  1. Wow. I think I will make a batch now. i feel a cough coming on. I may have promised Seth waffles in the morning, but that has nothing to do with hurrying to get it done!

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  2. Thanks!! I've pinned this for when we need it. :-) Visiting from Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

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  3. well it's the middle of Winter here in Australia, thank you!!!!

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    1. Even if you don't get a cold all winter, you can make some just because it is so yummy!

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  4. This does sound quite yummy. Ill have to try it the next time I have a cold. Roechelle @ http://www.hugatreewithme.com

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  5. I like the Coconut Mama's blog too. This syrup recipe sounds delicious, and it's wonderful it's good for coughs as well!

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  6. Hmm.. anxious to give this a try! Thank you so much for linking up with us this weekend at One Sharendipity Place!!
    Sue @TheT2women.com

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  7. I love coconut oil! Do you think it will still be efficacious without the lemon oil? That's the one ingredient I lack.

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    1. Yes, honey and coconut oil will both be soothing. The lemon oil is kind of an expectorant. It is a great addition. I would be happy to help you acquire some if you wish...so many uses, you would never regret it! Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. What a great natural recipe for a cough! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

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  9. Planning to make some. So glad you shared it with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! I featured it (as you know) today! Hope to see you again!
    http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/07/eco-kids-tuesday_2.html

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  10. I pick pancakes! :) So cool! Got it pinned and tweeted!

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  11. Just another reason why I am jealous of those that can get coconut oil for less than a small fortune. :( We can only get it at health food stores here...and then we have to pay through the nose. Sadly. I'd love to do recipes like these!

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    1. Amazon.com and vitacost.com are affordable ways to get your coconut oil. I never buy it in the store.

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  12. Is there a shelf life for this?

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    1. Starla, we use it up fast, so I am not sure. The honey and coconut oil really don't go bad. The lemon juice is the only thing I would worry about. Store it in the fridge and it should last for a very long time. Keep in mind too, that it is a small batch.

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  13. Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday! Hope you can join us again today :)
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/07/wildcrafting-wednesday-27.html

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