How to Make Medicinal Syrup

Make your own medicinal syrup from the herbs in your garden using author Rosemary Gladstar’s herbal syrup recipe.


| May 14, 2013


You can grow medicinal herbs easily in your garden and use them to protect yourself against common ailments. Learn how to make medicinal syrups from those herbs with author Rosemary Gladstar’s recipe. This excerpt is taken from chapter 1 of Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs (Storey Publishing, 2012).

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs.

Children and the elderly seem to prefer syrups, as both age groups are more inclined to down their medicine if it’s sweet. “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” was a ditty most surely written about herbal syrups.

Syrups begin with a very concentrated decoction. Combine an herb or herb blend with water in a pot, using 2 ounces of herb per quart of water. Set the pot over low heat, bring to a simmer, cover partially, and simmer the liquid down to about half the original volume.

Strain the herbs from the liquid (compost the spent herbs). Measure the volume of the liquid, and then pour it back into the pot.





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