Pine Needle Cough Syrup

Pine Needle Cough Syrup

The earth and nature have given us everything we need to survive, and somewhere along the line we forgot that. Many of us look to modernized medicine for the illnesses that ail us, forgetting that for thousands of years, we used natural medicines. One day, we may all be forced to learn how to use the earth’s gifts and heal ourselves naturally.

One of the ways we can use natural resources to heal our sickness is by making cough syrup out of pine needles. You can use the needles from fir, spruce, and hemlock trees. However, be sure to use the coniferous hemlock and not the toxic plant. If you’re pregnant or nursing, you should also avoid using the needles from Ponderosa pines.

The ingredients used to make this natural cough syrup are as follows:

  • ¼ cup of fresh pine needles
  • ½ cup of clean filtered water
  • ½ cup of honey

To make your cough syrup, you need to bring the pine needles and water to a slow rolling boil. Allow the ingredients to boil for about 10 minutes; the water should be a green-yellow color when it’s ready. Next, you’ll need to remove the needles from the water and put the water back into the pot.

Add in your ½ cup of honey and bring the mixture to a gentle boil; eventually it will have a syrup-like consistency. Pour the mixture into a glass jar or other resealable container and let it cool. Take one or two teaspoons as needed to suppress your cough and soothe your throat, refrigerating between uses.

Using nature’s generosity helps many people become self-reliant. Of course, in a survival situation, you need to use whatever you can. To complete your cough syrup you need both clean water and heat. Check out how you can purify water and make a fire using a water bottle.

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