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A Guide To Making Homemade Cough Medicine

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A Guide To Making Homemade Cough Medicine

It turns out, standard cough medicines might actually make everyday bugs worse: artificial colors and flavors can cause symptoms such as hyperactivity, headaches, neurological problems, and lead to cancer! What then, are some natural alternatives that may ease your coughing and bring a faster end to your cold?

This video by Dave Hax shows how you can make your own cough sweets from natural ingredients, but Hax’s method fails for several reasons. First is the use of sugar, an immune suppressant. Second, the sustained high heat needed to caramelize the mixture into a candy destroys the beneficial activities available in the honey and lemon. Third, the mixture will not solidify without heating to 300 degrees for a time period longer than specified in the video.

Instead, here is another very easy cough sweet recipe that does not involve heating in the preparation.

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon powdered slippery elm bark

1 Tablespoon powdered marshmallow root

1 1/2 teaspoons local, raw honey

Instructions

1. With a spoon, mix all of the ingredients to form a paste.

2. Put 1/8 teaspoon (or 1/4 teaspoon and cut in half) portions on to a plate. Firm up in the fridge for 3 to 8 hours.

3. After removing from fridge, quickly shape into balls. You can store them in a covered container, or twisted in pieces of parchment.

To learn about the benefits of the individual ingredients in either of these recipes, go to: www.webmd.com, and enter the selected ingredient in the search box at the top of the page. Be sure to consult a doctor if your cough is severe with a rattle, if blood is brought up, or if it does not go away within a week. Otherwise, happy healing!

Featured photo credit: sweet/desobte via flickr.com

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Last Updated on August 12, 2021

Learn How To Make Coffee 38 Different Ways With This Stunning Guide

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If you make your own coffee in the morning, chances are you’re only making the same boring kind everyday. Now it’s time to put an end to the cynical habit and turn you into an instant coffee connoisseur.

For those who don’t know, there are officially 38 different ways to make coffee. All, except decaffeinated versions will give you the same buzz that can either make you extremely productive or give you anxiety.

The only difference here is taste. And when it comes to coffee, taste matters. A lot.

Most of the methods and ingredients from the chart above dates back hundreds of years and have been traditionally passed down from generation to generation. Hence, it’s actually possible to tell where a person came from based on the type of coffee he or she drinks!

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