Homemade cough syrup: Eucalyptus, ginger, lemon and honey

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Greetings wonderful NM community, how are you? This cold weather in Merida is wreaking havoc. One day it's sunny and then it rains a lot. And that has given me allergies, coughs and discomfort.

So, based on the experience I gained in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry with the preparation of syrups, which was practically honey, 90% sugar and a minimum percentage of medicinal plant extracts, I decided to create my own syrup.

I also have several years studying medicinal plants which is a fascinating world, it is very important to emphasize that the extract that we will use will be for internal use, that is, the alcohol that we will use must be food grade and know its percentage if possible. We use an artisanal alcohol of 30 degrees of alcohol, which is equivalent to 20ml of ethyl alcohol per 100mL of alcohol solution.

Remember that alcohol has part of water, the alcohol solution will be water plus ethanol (ethyl alcohol).

If you are more interested in the subject, let me know in the comment :) it would be a chemical subject.

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So let's go with the ingredients:
Food grade ethyl alcohol
Dried eucalyptus
Ginger
Lemon
Honey

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Preparation of the hydroalcoholic extract

In a glass jar put 5 dried eucalyptus leaves, and add the alcohol until it is covered.

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Cover the jar with a plastic lid and reserve as much as you can, for quickness I had 2 days.

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The good thing about eucalyptus is that it quickly transfers its properties to the alcohol.

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Preparation of the Syrup

In a glass jar add 50mL of honey and add the juice of half a lemon, mix well.

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Then add the powdered ginger (depending on taste) and shake well.
Finally add 10mL of eucalyptus extract, and shake with a plastic spoon.

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Let it rest and you can reserve it in the pantry.
It is best to keep it in an amber container, otherwise in a glass jar in the dark.

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I made a small amount because the cough goes away quickly :D

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