Make your own anti-viral cough syrup

An oxymel combines a herbal extract of vinegar and honey. It is delicious and an ancient way of storing herbal remedies. Oxy means sharp or acid. Mel is honey - soothing and comforting, and makes the remedy palatable.

This is how I did it.

First I collected ripe elderberries (anti-viral) and stripped them off the stalks into a pot of heated apple cider vinegar and allowed them to simmer for about 10 minutes. Once I had crushed the vinegar berries with a potato masher, I added thyme and hyssop (also anti-bacterial herbs for chest infections) to the elderberry vinegar, switched off the heat and quickly placed the lid on to keep the essential oils within the vinegar. After 30 minutes of allowing the vinegar to cool, I strained it and bottled the liquid.

Now for the honey part. I added Elecampane (anti-bacterial for chest infections) to some lovely honey, gently simmering this too, and then left the herbs in the honey for 5 days to extract. Then I warmed the honey and strained the herbs out of the honey.

Now combine half and half herbal vinegar with herbal honey, and bottle. This is wonderful for a chesty cough or sore throat. Take 1 dessertspoon in a little water 4 or 5 times a day.