Natural cough remedies - The simplest plantain cough syrup recipe

by Anca
(Constanta, Romania)

My family uses frequently plantain cough syrup as a natural cough remedy. Plantain contains mucilage which helps respiratory congestion and makes this herb an effective herbal remedy for cough.

For a couple of years I bought the syrup from the health store. Then I thought why couldn't I make plantain syrup myself being that I had all kind of plantain in the garden. Actually not by myself, but with a little help and encouragement from my grandmother.

Initially I wanted to try the plantain cough syrup recipes from Maria Treben's book, but they looked rather complicated, so I tried the simplest recipe possible:

- Wash the plantain leaves and put them in a saucepan.
- Pour cold water in the saucepan (just enough to cover them) and boil them.
- Strain the remaining juice.
- Put sugar in the plantain juice (1 kg of sugar per 1 l of juice) and let it simmer until it begins to thicken, but not too thick.
- Put the syrup in a glass jar with a lid.

If you boil it for too long, the sugar will crystallize on the bottom of the glass jar.

If you don't want to add sugar, you can use honey instead. Just follow this recipe:

- Put 200 g fresh plantain leaves in a saucepan with 2 cups of water.
- Simmer for half an hour.
- Let it cool, strain and add 100 g honey. Stir well.

I give to my daughther 2-3 teaspoons of plantain syrup per day if she coughs, but grownups can take 3-6 teaspoons a day.

Marius' reply
Thank you Anca,
This recipe seems very doable. I will try it for sure

If you are diabetic, syrups are not indicated. Use these natural cough remedies instead.

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