Susan Jane White: 'This DIY cough syrup is a glorious defibrillator for the tonsils'
This potion is exactly what the season calls for, and it’s a glorious defibrillator for the tonsils.
Expect a powerhouse of fermented ginger, garlic, turmeric, thyme and raw honey. Phew! One sip is enough to break into my body’s engine room and rewire the master fuse. It feels like an update is being installed in my veins.
You can take a spoonful a day as an immune-booster, before heading into stuffy office spaces. Or take it as a soothing cough syrup whenever that fiery feeling ignites your throat. Feel free to omit any of the listed superfoods for taste preferences, of course. A simple garlic-and-honey cough syrup will still use those tonsils as a punch bag. Organic garlic feels more pungent, so do try to get your mitts on the best ingredients you can afford for the brew.
You can store your DIY cough syrup in a cool, dark place for up to 12 months. The longer you leave the honey to ferment, the darker it will be... enough to even impress Professor Snape.
DIY cough syrup
Makes 30 servings
You will need:
1 x 400g jar of raw honey
8 garlic cloves
6-10 sprigs of thyme
1 finger-sized piece of fresh turmeric
1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger
Sunday Indo Life Magazine