Ginger and Echinacea Cold Syrup

Ginger and Echinacea Cold Syrup
  • Type
    Syrup
  • Difficulty
    Intermediate
  • Flavor
    Sweet
  • Estimated Time
    26 Minutes
  • Served
    Cold
  • Form of Use
    Oral

Ingredients

  • Ginger
    Ginger
  • Echinacea
    Echinacea
  • 1 ounce of Ginger (fresh root, grated or chopped)
  • 1 ounce of Echinacea (dried root)
  • 1/2 cup of Honey (or another sweetener)
  • pint of Water

Directions

Since Ginger works as an anti-inflammatory and decongestant, while Echinacea has mild antibiotic and immune-boosting properties, the combination of these two herbs is very effective when fighting against the common cold. This syrup can provide immediate relief for nose and throat, and shorten the infection's overall duration. Because of its safety and sweet flavor, it is suitable for adults and children alike.

  1. Mix the ginger and Echinacea.
  2. Add the herb mixture to the cold water. Simmer over low heat until only half of the initial amount of liquid remains. This will produce a thick, concentrated tea.(10 minutes)
  3. Strain the herbs from the liquid mixture without throwing away the liquid. Return the liquid to the original pot.(1 minute)
  4. Add a 1/2 cup of honey or agave syrup for every pint of liquid.
  5. Gently heat the honey and liquid mixture until they are able to blend together well.(15 minutes)
  6. Remove from heat and bottle or store.

Adults are recommended to take one tablespoon of the resulting syrup every three hours, or up to once an hour, to ease cold symptoms. Children between the ages of 6 and 13 should take half a tablespoon with a similar frequency. Leftover syrup may be stored for up to 3 months in a cool, dry, and dark place.