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Frugal Tip: Make-Your-Own Sore Throat Syrup

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, September 20, 2012 | 0 comments
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Preparing for Winter...Summer is almost over, and there is a chill in the air, so it's not hard to think of the cold season coming soon. And with it - coughs, colds and sore throats.

My suggestion is to get some chewable vitamin C and take several a day!

Preparing for Winter...Sore throat syrup.
Mix together honey, lemons and ginger. You can leave the lemon rind on.

How Much? Do it in layers....layer of sliced lemon, cover with honey, another layer of lemon, cover with honey. That should give you the right proportions.

Ginger: For strong flavour, add one thin slice of ginger to 5 slices of lemon. For not as strong, use a 1/10 ratio.

How Long? Let sit for about 48 hours in your fridge. The longer it sits, the more flavorful it will become.

Storage: Store in your fridge, and it will keep forever.

To Use: Spoon into hot water for a "tea" to soothe throat. Or take a spoonful right from the jar for a sore throat!

This would make a lovely gift - for holidays, or for a sick friend!

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Yani Animuss posted: Mmmm-Yum.

Jodie O'Brien posted: Great teacher gift idea! With everything they are exposed to during sick season...

Tom Dean posted: How much rum to lemon ratio? This is the magic ingredient, I would think.Thanks for sharing.

Laura Lesner Riley posted: may have to try this

Brenda Austin posted: Add a jigger of whiskey if you want to sleep on the wild side. An actual MD recommended this for me when I was little and mom thought I was fixin' to cough up a lung. Don't know where Daddy found whiskey in the middle of the night.
Brenda Austin posted: I just take a tbsp of honey now. Works well and keeps me from having to "sleep" on the couch.

Kity Angel posted: Very smart idea, I like it

Bruce Beaty posted: I use whiskey, lemon juice, salt and honey for a cough. For a sore throat, I gargle with very warm water, salt, and iodine followed by a shot of said cough syrup.

Philip E. McRae posted: Peppermint, honey, lemon juice and whiskey works too! Long peppermint sticks, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup lemon juice in a pint jar and fill to the top with any brand of whiskey. Keep refrigerated until all the peppermint is melted. Stir well and take a table spoon full at a time, or a big gulp!

Pam Powell posted: Thanks for sharing this, Pam! I'm loving my gallon of raw honey that I got from my nephew

YS Organic Bee Farms - Healthy Honey (Raw) - 14 oz. Unheated, unfiltered and unprocessedFrieda's Meyer Lemons - distinct honey-sweet taste with the zing of a lemon
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YS Organic Bee Farms - Raw Honey
Frieda's Meyer Lemons
Fresh Ginger Root
Ball Canning Wide Mouth Platinum Jars

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About Catherine: I have been writing frugal tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three sons, who are all grown up, grandma to three - and happily re-married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and a cat, Bella.

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