Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fennel Cough Syrup and Fennel Honey

I am having an amazing experience studying with Jade Shutes who is the director of education at the East West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies.  EWSHAS has a great blog with all kinds of herbal and aromatic information.  Jade recently posted on the benefits of fennel and has numerous ways of using both the oil and seeds.

Jade includes both a fennel and licorice cough syrup and a fennel honey cough syrup.  I am ordering the supplies to make these tonight from Mountain Rose Herbs, as I work to build my own family medicine chest.  I'm especially looking forward to trying the fennel honey and her recipe for vanilla infused jojoba oil that you can find here.

To read the entire post on fennel, please click here.

Here is an excerpt with the recipe for the fennel cough syrup.

Fennel Licorice Cough syrup

Fennel Cough Syrup ingredients
  • 1 ounces licorice root and 16 ounces of water
  • 1 ounces fennel seed and 16 ounces of water
Prepare a decoction of the licorice root by placing 1 ounces of dried licorice root into 16 ounces of cold water. Allow the roots to sit in the cold water for at least 1 hour or longer. Then gently bring to a boil, turn heat down and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Licorice roots Glycyrrhiza glabra

Licorice in Water
Next, prepare the fennel seed infusion. Lightly bruise/crush the fennel seeds. Place all 1 ounces in a 16 ounce canning jar. Bring 16 ounces of water to a boil then pour over fennel seeds. Place cap on jar and allow to sit for 10- 15 minutes. Strain.

Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds infusing in hot water
Once both teas are made prepare a double boiler. Place 1/2 cup fennel tea and 1/2 cup of licorice root tea and 2 cups honey into the top pot. Heat gently until the honey and herbal teas have mixed together.

Honey and Fennel/Licorice teas in double boiler
Pour into a sterilized canning jar, label and use within one year. You can also add essential oils to this. I add: 7 drops Eucalyptus radiata, 7 drops Fennel and 5 drops Peppermint. Mmmmm…..

Cough Syrup Bottled

Fennel Honey

Fennel Honey Ingredients
Fill 1/4 to 1/2 of an 8 ounce sterilized canning jar with gently crushed organic fennel seeds. Cover with local honey then stir with chop stick making sure all the seeds are covered.

Pouring honey over fennel seeds

Fennel and Honey stirring
You will need to add in more honey and continue to stir until seeds and honey are mixed well. Be sure to top off with more honey. Then secure lid. Be sure to label jar with the ingredients and date it was made. Each day you can open the jar and stir a bit. Let infuse for 2-4 weeks.

Fennel seeds in honey
To decant: Place jar into water in the top part of a double boiler. Bring water in the bottom pot of double boiler to a gentle boil. This will heat the water on top, but don’t let it boil. High temperatures denature the honey.

Fennel honey infusion
When the honey appears a bit thinner you can then strain through a fine mesh strainer. And voila, beautiful fennel honey to add to teas or take a little teaspoon to soothe dry irritated spasmodic coughs.


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  1. Wow! I can't believe you make your own cough syrup. Very interesting!

  2. This is so cool. What an amazing amount of knowledge you are gaining! That cough syrup looks so much better than the stuff with the scary ingredients sitting on the store shelves.

  3. WOW! I love both ideas! I'll never buy cough syrup again. What a great post!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial! Kristen said exactly what I was thinking! :)

  5. Wow, awesome idea! My grandma has a lingering cough and I'm going to make this for her, thanks!

  6. I just found your site last week, but I just I'm really excited about the stuff you've posted so far.

  7. This looks fantastic. Even though it's summer here in Australia, I'm saving this for our winter cold and flu season. We need all the help we can get. If you get a moment, would you like to link up to my "Thriving on Thursdays" Linky Party here in Australia? I feature recipes, crafts, furniture makeovers, organisating and decluttering advice, makeup tips, financial advice, etc. Anything goes.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

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  9. It looks really amazing!! I have to try it!! Thanks for sharing :-)
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