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

  • Fruits For Health
    Get ready for amazing smells, colors and flavors as you cook up your own fruit-tastic natural remedies.
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  • Grow Your Own Drugs
    Looking for a natural way to soothe a sunburn, quell a cough or even knock out a migraine? “Grow Your Own Drugs” has the plant for the job! Author James Wong distills the knowledge of herbal practitioners with the most up-to-date scientific findings on herbal medicine to provide reliable information about plants, flowers, fruits, roots and the host of natural remedies you can make from them. You don’t need a state-of-the-art laboratory or a stock of exotic plants — just a kitchen stove, a few minutes, and ingredients as common as the fresh foods on your counter.
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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.

Ingredients: 



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

Instructions: 

BRENT PIECZYNSKI
1/20/2012 7:44:24 AM

I checked on Amazon and placed this on my large future-reading list.


Ted
7/1/2011 6:25:43 AM

I love downloading your articles for reading while traveling. A major problem is only getting the first page when copying an article. Any way you could make your articles all on one page?


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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