Fruits for Health: Recipes for Cough Syrup, Teas, Face Masks and More

Fruits may not seem like powerful drugs, but within their cells are chemicals with proven medicinal properties. Try these fantastically fruity recipes to treat a variety of common ailments, from sore throats to sinus congestion.

| By James Wong

The following is an excerpt from Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong (Reader’s Digest, 2009). Packed with elegant photographs, this lively, practical guide will shift your focus from seeing plants as just a pretty backdrop to life to seeing them as solutions in life. Wong includes instructions for concocting all types of herbal remedies — infusions, tinctures, salves, decoctions — along with an index of the top 100 medicinal plants and more than 100 recipes that unleash the power of plants to treat everyday ailments. 

(For your convenience, we’ve converted all ingredients from British to American measurements. — MOTHER) 

Cherry Cough Syrup Recipe

Honey is the magic ingredient in this soothing syrup, but the cherries and lemon add a zingy punch of vitamin C.


3 3/4 cups cherries (leave the pits in)
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup honey


1/20/2012 7:44:24 AM

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Ann Belonger
6/30/2011 12:35:39 PM

Great recipes, I make a cough syrup with fresh cranberries and add the herbs marsh mallow, mullein, slippery elm bark, irish moss and peppermint and honey. Works great!

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