Licorice Cough Syrup

Licorice has a soothing effect on an inflamed and sore throat, as well as inflamed stomach, lungs and intestines.  Because it has anti-viral properties can help with colds and the flu. Licorice root is commonly used for bronchial and throat irritations. Dr. Tilgner also states that Licorice Root has been used for urinary tract irritations and adrenal fatigue which is becoming so prevalent in our hectic paced lifestyles. Licorice supports the adrenals and can revitalize them if used over a period of time. It has constituents that are similar in function to the natural steroids of the human body.

WARNING: If you suffer from high blood pressure, you may want to stay away from this remedy and try making a honey cough syrup with onion or garlic. Licorice is contraindicated for those with high blood pressure or heart disease.

WARNING: Do not give honey cough  syrup to a child under the age of one. Honey can contain  spores that could lead to botulism in the very  young until they have built  up enough beneficial bacteria in their digestive tract to deal with the spores.



1/2 Cup dried licorice root

1/2 Cup of honey

2 Cups of filtered water





Measuring cup

Jar with tight fitting lid



1. Make a decoction of licorice tea. To a saucepan add 1/2 cup of dried licorice root and two cups of filtered water.

2. Bring the water to a boil and then let it simmer about 20 minutes or until the water is reduced by half.

3. Strain the herbs from the liquid. Compost the licorice root.

4. Add 1/2 a cup of honey to licorice tea and stir until combined.

5. Cool and pour into a glass jar. Remember to label and date your syrup.

Stored in the refrigerator, this syrup will last about one month. Take one teaspoon as needed, for a stubborn cough take one teaspoon every hour.

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Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth by Dr. Sharol Marie Tilgner

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