Marshmallow and Licorice Cough Syrup Recipe

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If using dried marshmallow root:

4 tbsp dried marshmallow root, coarsely chopped

2 dried licorice roots, broken into small pieces

3 heads/bunches fresh elderberries

1 tsp ground cloves

peel of 1 tangerine orange

1 tsp anise seeds

1 sprig of fresh eucalyptus leaves (about 8 )

2 cups (500ml) water

1/2 cup (100ml) honey

juice of 1 lime

5 tbsp glycerin

If using fresh marshmallow root:

8 tbsp fresh marshmallow root, coarsely chopped

4 dried licorice roots, broken into small pieces

other ingredients as above

Marshmallow and Licorice Cough Syrup Recipe© Noel Murphy


1. Put the marshmallow, licorice, elderberries, cloves, tangerine peel, anise, and eucalyptus leaves into a pan with the water. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by one-fifth. Remove the licorice and eucalyptus leaves and discard.

2. Blend the mixture in a blender until smooth. Pour back into the pan and add the honey, lime juice, and glycerin, then stir and simmer for 2 minutes.

3. Pour into sterilized, clear 1/2-pint (250-ml) bottles.

USE Take 2 tbsp 3 times a day.

STORAGE Keep refrigerated; use within 2 weeks.

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