Lemon Balm and Ginger Cough Syrup


If you have a scratchy throat or a cough, this homemade remedy may be just what you need.


|Yield: 1 Cup | Time: 50 minutes |




¾  cup water

2 T dried lemon balm

2 T fresh ginger, diced

2 T chopped mint leaves

2 T lemon juice

¼ cup honey


1. In a small saucepan, bring ½ cup water, lemon balm, and ginger to a boil. Turn off heat and add mint leaves. Steep for 30 minutes, strain and set aside.

2. Add another ¼ cup water to the strained lemon balm water.

3. Stir in lemon juice and honey.


Note: Mixing when cool preserves the honey’s healing properties.

This recipe originally appeared in Growing Perennial Foods: A field guide to raising resilient herbs, fruits, and vegetables. On sale now.