An Herbal Remedy for Children’s Cough and Sore Throat

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zoethout3It wasn’t such a big deal, but my son woke up with a cough last week.  I promptly cracked open a new bottle of Echinacea tincture, and I credit that with the fact that the “cold” hasn’t progressed beyond the occasional cough or need for a tissue.  But that first day, there was coughing and complaining that his throat felt “spicy”, what I can only imagine is toddler talk for a sore throat.  So I made him one of my favorite cough and sore throat teas.

Licorice root is a soothing herb that most kids enjoy because it’s sweet and pleasant tasting.  If you’re imagining the overpowering taste of cold and flu liquids, black jelly beans and the like, you’d be surprised to discover licorice root tea is much more mild.  Yes, it’s a very flavorful tea, but most people rather enjoy it.  It’s naturally quite sweet, so there’s no need to add sugar or honey to the tea.  Another great benefit, since sugar and illness don’t mix.  

Licorice root is great for coughs, sore throats, and lung ailments such as bronchitis.  To enjoy the tea, I use about a teaspoon of dried licorice root in a cup of just boiled water.  I let it steep for about 10 – 20 minutes, depending on how potent of a flavor I prefer.  (Kids usually like it a little on the weaker side.)  Licorice root can be purchased whole, but I use it cut for tea as sold at The Giving Essence.  A very helpful herb to have around when cold and flu season call for a natural remedy for coughs and sore throats!

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