Originally Posted by mainemom
I also swear by Tom's of Maine's vapor-rub for colds/coughs esp. at night. I hardly ever have to use "drugs" since this seems to quiet our coughs really well.
I make my own cough syrup... tinctures of Ginger, Hyssop, Licorice, Marshmallow rt, and Elencampane, equal parts, mixed with an equal or greater part of honey (ie, 1/4C each tincture, 1 1/4 C or greater honey). Omit the licorice during pregnancy. I make all my own tinctures, so its pretty cheap... you just make a 25% alcohol sollution out of brandy and water, and soak your herbs in it for 2 weeks, strain and Voila, you have tincture. If anyone wants the herb to brandy proportion, pm me. I have all that at home. This cough syrup has saved my health MANY times... and I make it for some folks in my life with chronic coughs...from smoking or asthma, and it is very good for them.