When I was a little girl and had a cold with a cough, my grandmother would prepare this natural and truly magical (because it works) cough syrup that was inexpensive to make and extremely effective – with eight kids it was also a money saver for her. The concoction has no side effects, is completely natural; and cures any cough better than commercially packaged syrups.
- 1 medium size white or black turnip (rutabagas)
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- Cut off the top of the turnip and scoop out the inside to resemble a small bowl. The created hole in the turnip should be large enough to hold the honey and any juices that will be released from the inside of the turnip.
- Add the honey in the turnip and place the turnip in a larger container and cover container with lid. Leave the turnip in the container for 2-3 hours, depending on the temperature of the room. The warmer the room temperature, the faster the syrup will be ready to use.
- Take 2 teaspoons of the syrup, 3-4 times a day as needed. You may use for as long as you have cold symptoms.
Note: Black turnip has even greater antibiotic qualities. The honey acts as an extracting agent and draws out a natural component from the turnip that produces a natural antibiotic. This natural antibiotic relieves the following cold symptoms: sore throat, cough, hoarseness and congestion.