Elecampane Syrup

In this season of coughs and colds, are you experiencing a cough that produces white/clear mucus but is difficult to bring up? This is the syrup for you. The warming herbs (elecampane, cinnamon, fennel, ginger) help loosen the mucus so you can cough it up easier. The echinacea, elderberry and licorice help calm and soothe the inflammatory response.


  1. Add herbs to 4 cups of water and bring to a low boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until you have reduced the amount by half (about 45 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat, let cool slightly. Strain herbs and discard.
  4. Taste syrup first and see how sweet you want to make it for self or family. Traditional recipes call for 1 cup sweetener to 2 cups of syrup but that is often too sweet for my palate.
    1. One option is to use honey, ¼ – 1 cup. Stir well.
    2. Another option is to use vegetable glycerin either by itself or with the honey. Vegetable glycerin (1-2 tablespoons) tastes sweet but does not give a blood sugar spike. It also acts a mild preservative and gives the syrup a more sweet/smooth feel to the mouth. Stir well.
  5. Add 80 proof brandy. Stir well. Place syrup in container and store in the refrigerator.
  6. If you do not add alcohol as a preservative, add sweetener and vegetable glycerin and keep refrigerated. Even using brandy, I refrigerate the syrup and it has lasted up to 10 months in the refrigerator.
Thanks to Rosalee de la Foret for the recipe!


2 Tablespoons Elder Berries (dried)

2 Tablespoons Echinacea root (dried)

2 Tablespoons Elecampane root (dried)

1 Tablespoon Licorice root (dried)

2 teaspoons Cinnamon chips

2 teaspoons Fennel seed

1 teaspoon Ginger

4 cups water


¼ – 1 cup raw Honey

2 tablespoons Vegetable glycerin

¼ cup Brandy, 80 proof

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